(Baltimore County, MD) Baltimore County Announces COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program
Funds will Provide Financial Support to Help Cover the Cost of Rent for Residents at Risk of Eviction
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a new initiative to assist County residents who are in danger of eviction due to a COVID-19 related financial crisis. The program’s initial phase will provide $1 million in rental assistance to households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted.
“We are here to support families that are struggling financially as a result of this pandemic. This initiative will help families avoid homelessness and provide a bridge while they get back on their feet,” Olszewski said. “This is just a first step, but an important one—and Baltimore County will continue to look for ways to provide resources that help our families weather this storm.”
County residents who have lost income due to COVID-19, are at risk of losing their housing, and meet other program criteria including income limits, may be eligible to receive assistance towards past due rent accrued during the state of emergency. The County anticipates the average award will cover approximately two months of rent per household.
Funding for this phase will come from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds and Emergency Assistance to Families with Children through the Department of Social Services.
How to Apply
County residents can apply on the County’s website, where eligibility details and a list of required documentation can be found. The application will open today, Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to the availability of funds.