County to Close Fourth Phase of COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

The fourth phase of the county’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will close to new applications at midnight on Friday, Jan. 13, officials announced.

Applicants for the Phase Four Rent Relief Program are expected to exhaust the funds available for the program, which provides financial assistance to tenants who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renters facing an immediate loss of housing should call 311 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to be connected with the county’s Housing Stabilization Services department.

“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,” Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Mary Anderson said in a press release. “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.”

According to DHHS, approximately 1,500 households have been approved for assistance and more than 3,300 applications have been processed for Phase Four of the program. Approximately $15.5 million in direct assistance has been provided to applicants as of January 11.

More than 11,900 households have received assistance under the COVID Rent Relief Program since its inception.

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