Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Programs


Maryland CARES+ Programs:

Maryland will dedicate $10 million in federal funds to help renters at risk of eviction during the pandemic through the Assisted Housing Relief Program. The program will pay rent on behalf of residents of government-subsidized rental housing. Residents of about 20% of state-financed housing units in the state are behind on rent, according to the governor.

Maryland will dedicate $20 million of federal funds for the Eviction Prevention Partnership Program. The funds will be distributed among the state’s 24 jurisdictions for local rental assistance programs.

The Eviction Prevention Program (EPP) provides temporary rental and utility assistance for eligible renters whose employment income has been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. This emergency assistance is to prevent evictions and utility turn-off, and is subject to funding availability.

The Temporary Rent Support program aims to distribute $15 million to help qualified applicants pay their landlords; $13.1 million of Community Development Block Grant-CV funds this program. The city says not all applicants will meet qualifications and priority will be given to some households including those with at least one person over the age of 60 or at least one child under the age of 18. Renters may apply for the program from July 1 through July 13.

Baltimore County will provide an initial $1 million in rental assistance to households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted. UPDATE: On July 6, County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced that Baltimore County has allocated an additional $1 million in rental assistance for tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19. The new funds will support families who have already applied for the Eviction Prevention Program, county officials said. The county will also contribute $2 million in grant money to community-based organizations that are addressing homelessness and eviction.

Baltimore County will provide up to $2 million in rental assistance for residents who have lost income as a result of the pandemic and are at risk of losing their housing. They will begin accepting applications on October 6. The County has partnered with community-based organizations to administer phase two of the program, which is funded by Community Development Block Grant–Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) funds.

  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Bowie Residents: City of Bowie

The City of Bowie COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program provides short-term rental assistance to eligible households who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and caused them to fall behind on their rent. While funds are available, the program will provide up to one month’s rent to eligible households to cover the cost for back rent (arrears).

  • Rental and Mortgage Relief Fund: Calvert County

A Rental and Mortgage Relief Fund is available to help households in Calvert County that have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners approved $300,000 in funding to provide low-barrier aid to help tenants and homeowners avoid eviction and foreclosure.

The Religious Coalition, Frederick County, and the City of Frederick, are partnering to provide rental assistance to those directly impacted by COVID-19. If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are behind on your rent, The Religious Coalition may be able to help you with rental assistance.

  • Harford County COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Harford County announced the creation of a program that will help cover up to three months’ worth of rental expenses for people whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income due to COVID-19. For a family of four, that would be an income of $78,500 or below.

Howard County has allocated of $800,000 in county funding for rental assistance and eviction relief. Of the total amount, $300,000 will come from the Disaster Relief and Recovery Initiative in the proposed operating budget, also requiring County Council approval. The other $500,000 will come from Moderate Income Housing Unit fee-in-lieu revenue sources.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Friday a second round of rental assistance funding to support residents struggling to pay rent amid the coronavirus pandemic. An additional $800,000 in CARES Act funds will build on the nearly $1.6 million provided for rental assistance by the Ball administration earlier this year.

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program provides short-term rental assistance to eligible households who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and caused them to fall behind on their rent. While funds are available, the program will provide up to $4,000 to eligible households to cover the cost for back rent (arrears) and/or a rent credit for future months.

The City Council approved a special appropriation of $2 million to support to end and prevent homelessness. Emergency eviction prevention and housing stabilization programs are also included. Funds are expected to be allocated to provide a short-term rental subsidy program to low- and moderate-income households in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. DHHS is providing a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program that provides short-term rental assistance to households behind on their rent because of COVID-19. City Council has approved an addition $20 million.

Montgomery County will relaunch a COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program for tenants who meet eligibility requirements. The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) will administer the program and accept applications and supporting documents from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 through 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31. Applications will be reviewed using a random selection method from the final pool of applications received by the deadline.

The city of Mount Rainier has launched its own emergency assistance fund to help residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruptions to buy groceries and pay rent and utility bills, at least while supplies last. Under the program, approved residents can receive a one-time payment of up to $1,000 to help pay off overdue rent or utility payments, paid directly to the landlord or utility company.

The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is now offering relief to landlords on behalf of renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the re-launch of its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

  • COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance: Prince George’s County

Temporary, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) available to help with rent and utility payments for tenants whose employment income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This assistance may help prevent arrears and late fees from accumulating and prevent evictions from occurring.

  • COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program: Somerset County

Residents of Somerset County can take advantage of this program. To those who qualify, grant funds are available for up to three months rent that is past due. This is a one-time program for anyone whose job, source of income, ability to pay rent has been affected by the pandemic.

SHORE UP! Inc. has recently received funding that will allow the agency to assist individuals or families who are experiencing difficulties as a result of COVID-19. Recipients must be low to moderate income, or up to 200% of the poverty level. They must also reside in Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester or Queen Anne’s counties. SHORE UP! is offering rental assistance to each eligible household.

Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County is still urging any renters who have lost work or wages due to COVID-19 to reach out for assistance. The process takes up to six weeks, so if you are one to three months behind, now is the time to ask for help. We can pay up to $1,200 per month for three months total, but we need the time to get your application through the system.


These resources are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Landlords and Tenants are encouraged to seek specific legal advice for any of the issues as found in this blog.

  1. Angela Sterling

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