Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $34,985,870 in COVID-19 relief to help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will be used to support homeless assistance and eviction prevention assistance for families and individuals who are newly experiencing homelessness as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eviction prevention activities include rapid rehousing, housing counseling and rental deposit assistance.
“The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that more Marylanders than ever before need help maintaining or finding safe housing,” the lawmakers said. “At the same time, individuals experiencing homelessness are among those at the highest risk of coronavirus transmission. These federal funds will enable local governments to provide critical community housing services and meet these urgent needs.”
This new federal funding includes:
- $9,143,757 for Baltimore City;
- $4,944,919 for Prince George’s County;
- $4,847,976 for Montgomery County;
- $3,996,350 for Baltimore County;
- $1,313,638 for Anne Arundel County; and
- $10,739,230 to be allocated among counties and qualified nonprofits by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
This new round of federal funding to address homelessness amid the COVID-19 pandemic follows an initial $15,408,028 announced by the delegation in March.