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***REMINDER*** Montgomery County to Close Fourth Phase of COVID-19 Rent Relief Program on Friday, Jan. 13

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 12, 2023

The fourth phase of Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will close to new applications at midnight on Friday, Jan.13.  Phase Four of the Rent Relief Program will close because it is expected that the current pool of applicants will exhaust  the remaining funds available for the program, which provides financial assistance for tenants who have experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Furthermore, the County offers Emergency Eviction Prevention services.  Renters facing an immediate loss of housing should call 311 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to be connected with the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Housing Stabilization Services.

Last month, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined county executives from Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard County; the mayor of Baltimore; and a number of advocacy groups, in sending a letter to Governor Hogan to request emergency funding for rental assistance.   In the letter, county and city leaders asked the State for $175 million in additional rent relief funds that would prevent the eviction of approximately 17,000 households across Maryland.

To date, DHHS has approved assistance for approximately 1,500 households and has processed more than 3,300 applications for Phase Four of the program. As of Jan. 11, approximately $15.5 million in direct assistance has been provided to applicants. Since the start of the COVID Rent Relief Program, more than $93 million in assistance has been provided to more than 11,900 households.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 rent relief program can be found at Visit the Department of Housing and Community Affairs website for additional resources for renters.


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Release ID: 23-015
Media Contact: Mary Anderson
Categories: Health