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Congressman Brown: Maryland Must Expedite Rental Assistance and Support

“There’s nothing more important to the stability and wellbeing of families than a roof over their heads and the peace of mind that they will be able to stay in their home.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must immediately extend the moratorium and take all action possible to protect renters. Additionally, I strongly urge Governor Hogan to expedite the disbursement of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Rental Assistance program to support Marylanders in need. Our state has the tools right now to support and protect renters. We cannot let them down.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement calling on the Hogan Administration to immediately disburse anti-eviction funds to tenants and landlords and for the reinstatement of a federal eviction moratorium to help keep Marylanders in their homes: 

“There’s nothing more important to the stability and wellbeing of families than a roof over their heads and the peace of mind that they will be able to stay in their home. The expiration of the federal eviction moratorium is serious and demands a whole of government response to prevent a wave of evictions and displacement that could threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of our neighbors in Maryland. Congress, federal agencies and our state-level partners must act quickly.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must immediately extend the moratorium and take all action possible to protect renters. Additionally, I strongly urge Governor Hogan to expedite the disbursement of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Rental Assistance program to support Marylanders in need. Our state has the tools right now to support and protect renters. We cannot let them down.”

Congressman Brown helped send $401 dollars to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the American Rescue Plan. $143 million was allocated to the eight largest jurisdictions in Maryland. The remaining $258 million was allocated to DHCD. Approximately 88 percent of these rental support funds remain unspent. DHCD is expected to receive another $350 million to combat eviction in Maryland.

Congressman Brown is an original co-sponsor of the Protecting Renters from Evictions Act of 2021 which would extend the federal eviction moratorium through December 31, 2021.

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