The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) federal eviction moratorium has been extended to October 3rd for communities with substantial or high-level of COVID-19 spread. This moratorium includes Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties. I continue to urge the Hogan Administration to act swiftly to get existing support from Congress out to Maryland renters. Maryland has received $401 million dollars in federal funding through the first round of the Emergency Rental Assistance program, but roughly 88 percent of these funds have gone unspent. The state utilizing that funding will be critical to supporting Marylanders in need.
If you are a renter concerned about potential eviction, now is the time to apply for state and local rental assistance, contact your landlord and work out a plan to ensure you and your family are protected. My team is focused and committed to serving the families of Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District. To that end, I wanted to share important resources available to you and your family if you receive or expect to receive an eviction notice.
On the State Level:
Governor Hogan’s Moratorium on Evictions currently remains in effect until August 15, 2021. Even after this deadline, you may be eligible for assistance with current or past due payments through the Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Through the Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Maryland will administer federal emergency rental funding in two ways:
Directly supporting local rental assistance efforts through the Maryland Eviction Partnership Program and;
Directly supporting property managers and landlords on behalf of tenants who are currently living in affordable rental properties that received federal or state financing through the Assisted Housing Relief Program.
Since all local jurisdictions operate programs independently, please see below for how to apply for rental assistance in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties below.
*Please note that all landlords should also reference the information and links provided below. Landlords are also eligible for assistance through these programs.
Prince George’s County:
Prince George’s County is accepting applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program now. This program will help cover past due rent beginning on April 1, 2020 up to 18 months and past due utility and home energy bill payments up to 18 months.
Please use this link to submit your application today.
To be eligible, you must be able to indicate that:
One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak;
One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
The household has a household income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI). Households with income at or below 50 percent of the AMI or those who are unemployed and have been unemployed for 90-days.are prioritized for assistance.
If you need more information or help filling out your application, please visit this link for additional information and a list of non-profit community organizations who can help you complete the application and upload it into the proper on-line portal.
Landlords should visit this link to fill out a landlord-based application and achieve assistance.
Anne Arundel County:
Anne Arundel County’s Eviction Prevention Program is currently accepting applications, but please note that they are experiencing a high volume of applicants and the process could take 30 days or more. Applications are generally processed on a first come, first served basis, with consideration given to households facing urgent circumstances (imminent or recent eviction), households whose incomes are at or below 50% of the Area Median Income, and households with one or more individuals who are unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Please use this link to submit an application today.
To be eligible, you must indicate that:
You are a Anne Arundel County resident
At least one member of the household qualified for Unemployment Insurance benefits after March 16, 2020 or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak
Income at or below 80% Area Median Income, as defined HERE
Do not have enough income, saving, assets or other resources to pay housing costs
One or more members of the household can demonstrate a risk of homelessness or housing instability in the form of a past due utility or rent notice, an eviction notice, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or other evidence of such risk.
Holds a lease or sublease of unit
If you need assistance completing the application, require a special accommodation, or have general questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative will get back to you within 24-48 hours. If you have received a “SHERIFF’S NOTICE” and been given a specific date for the eviction, please contact 410-222-3965.
If you need help completing the application, please contact 410-222-7600 (dial “2”) and your leave name, phone number, and email.
Landlords should visit this link to achieve additional guidance on the Eviction Prevention Program.
On the Federal Level:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new, "temporary" moratorium on evictions, which expires on October 3. The order covers counties experiencing "substantial" or "high" levels of COVID-19 spread, which currently includes about 80% of U.S. counties, or 90% of the U.S. population. Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties are covered by the new federal eviction moratorium.
If you are at risk of facing eviction, please use the resources listed above. Please remember you can file a complaint against your landlord if they have violated the federal eviction moratorium. You can do so with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords. For more details about the moratorium and a sample declaration you can use, please read the Overview of National Eviction Moratorium and the National Eviction Moratorium: FAQ for Renters.
Learn your rights as a renter and how to report landlords who have violated the CDC eviction moratorium at https://bit.ly/3tLU5kI
Also be sure to visit the National Low Income and Housing Coalition’s Information Page about the National Federal Eviction Moratorium. You’ll find fact sheets, special links and more.
Federal Assistance for Landlords:
As a landlord, you are a vital piece of the rental economy and there are options to take advantage of options to keep you in control of your property and your financial situation. Through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you can:
Apply for rental assistance
Explore forbearance to pause your mortgage payments
Working with your tenant to explore options
Please visit the Consumer Financial Bureau’s help page for landlords by using this link. You can also speak with a housing counselor who can help you locate rental assistance programs in Maryland and help you better understand your options.