(Maryland DHCD) Community Services Connection Newsletter - COVID-19 Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Resources and Updates
DHCD will continue to update its COVID-19 resource page that can be found here.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2021 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the Fiscal Year 2021 application round for three State Revitalization Programs -  Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund - Statewide (all non-Baltimore City) and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative. These programs offer funding to support local housing, community and economic development, and other revitalization projects. 

If this is your first time applying to one of the aforementioned State Revitalization Programs, contact a regional project manager for more information and to determine your eligibility. Follow this link for a map of regions and additional contact information.

Applications will be due on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 12:00 PM. The application portal will be open Tuesday, September 15. More information on each program and how to apply can be found here.
State and Regional Updates
Scam Alert: Phony Mortgage Company Representatives are Targeting Marylanders

The Office of the Attorney General has recently been notified of scams involving individuals impersonating mortgage companies. Scammers are calling existing customers of a mortgage company, claiming to be representatives of that company, and offering the customer a loan modification; posing as mortgage company employees informing the customer that they need to make a payment; and telling customers to stop payment on your existing mortgage to make "trial" payments to them instead. 

Customers should be referred to the Office's Identity Theft Unit to learn how they can protect their identity and financial information. The unit can be reached via phone at 410-576-6491 or email idtheft@oag.state.md.us.

2021-2022 AmeriCorps Program Grants Now Available

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is soliciting applications for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State funding. AmeriCorps program grants fund service activities that address a variety of critical needs in the community. Access application instructions, supplemental guidance, and the notice of funding opportunity at gosv.maryland.gov/available-funding. 

Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs, Bill Assistance and Deferred Payment Plans

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the moratorium on utility shut-offs and late payments until October 1, 2020The PSC also provided other important consumer protections around turn-off notices and payment plans in their ruling. Follow this  link for a summary of the rulings provided by The Office of People's Counsel
National and Federal Updates
Important Dates to Claim Economic Impact Payments

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new analysis estimating that there are 12 million people across the country who are eligible for Economic Impact Payments who may miss out on payments unless they take action by October 15, 2020.

The IRS is moving the deadline for recipients of Social Security, federal disability benefits, and other benefits who have already received their individual payment to September 30, 2020, to apply for an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

To help these individuals receive their stimulus check, the IRS is using a simple Non-Filers form. Please share the information in this toolkit throughout your community and with members of your organization, and urge eligible individuals to sign up for their Economic Impact Payment. Additional resources and communication materials from the IRS can be found here

Every One Votes Campaign from the National Alliance to End Homelessness

The Every One Votes campaign from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is an initiative to promote voter registration and turnout among people who are experiencing homelessness. The Every One Votes toolkit offers guidance and resources on how providers can register their clients to vote, and support voter turnout among people experiencing homelessness.

Resources from NLIHC and NHLP on National Eviction Moratorium

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Housing Law Project have created an overview of the National Eviction Moratorium and an FAQ for renters in English and Spanish. 
Network Job Announcement
Community Outreach Specialist

The Housing Initiative Partnership is hiring a Community Outreach Specialist
to reach out to renters along the Purple Line who may be at risk of displacement due to development, and to connect them with housing resources and counseling. The full job description can be found here