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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program

The COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program is closed and not currently accepting new applications. If you applied previously, your application will be reviewed for eligibility and the availability of funds and you will be notified directly of your status. Due to the high volume of applicants, wait times can vary.

 

Check this site regularly for new initiatives including additional eviction prevention funding as it becomes available.

How to Apply

Step 1: Find Out if You Are Eligible

If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for available funds.

  • Are a Baltimore County resident with a valid lease agreement
  • Are at risk of losing rental housing due to COVID-19 income loss
  • Are at or below the household income limits detailed below
  • Must have applied for Unemployment Insurance or be able to document that you are not eligible

Baltimore County residents receiving a Housing Choice Voucher or other rental subsidy through the Baltimore County Office of Housing should contact the office directly at 410-887-2766 to update current income for rent payment recalculation.

Income Limits

Applicants must have gross monthly income at or below the following levels to be eligible:

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income Limit

1

$2,127

2

$2,873

3

$3,620

4

$4,367

5

$5,113

6

$5,860

7

$6,607

8

$7,353

9

$8,100

10

$8,847

Step 2: Prepare Your Required Documentation

Applicants are required to provide the following documentation supporting their eligibility and landlords must provide W-9 tax information to allow for direct payment of rent. Prepare to have the following documents ready prior to applying. Applications will not be considered complete unless the following are included:

  • Verification of household income for May 2020 (e.g. pay-stubs and/or government benefit letter)
  • Verification of any assets or resources available to the household in May 2020 (e.g. bank statement)
  • Notice or letter from landlord indicating the applicant is behind in rent payments for April, May and/or June 2020 and the total amount needed to eliminate the past due balance
  • Rental/lease agreement or sublease 
  • Proof of paid household expenses for May 2020 (e.g. utility bills, housing costs, car payments/insurance, food costs, etc.)

Step 3: Submit Your Application

The COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program is closed and not currently accepting new applications. If you applied previously, your application will be reviewed for eligibility and the availability of funds and you will be notified directly of your status. Due to the high volume of applicants, wait times can vary.

Partnership with the Fair Housing Action Center

Baltimore County has partnered with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition's Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) to provide County residents with additional rental needs, such as:

  • Financial coaching and counseling, including assistance negotiating with landlords
  • Referrals to legal services
  • Renters’ tax credit applications and assistance

Applicants will be referred to the FHAC on a case by case basis.

Have You Applied But Did Not Receive Financial Assistance?

If you believe the information we used to make our decision is wrong you may ask for a review of your application by completing the Eviction Prevention Program Inquiry Form within 10 days of the date you received this letter, but no later than September 15, 2020. This does not guarantee you will receive assistance. Please note that in making this decision, we used information provided directly by you, as well as other information available to government social services agencies.

Additional Resources

Please continue to check our website for additional financial assistance initiatives and other opportunities. As a County resident, you are also eligible for the following resources:

  • If you are facing eviction or other housing-related legal actions, visit the Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland website and complete the online form.

  • Call 3-1-1 to be referred to the CASH Campaign of Maryland for a Benefits Screening session. This can help connect you and your family to housing assistance, utilities assistance, healthcare, food assistance, tax credits and more.

 
Revised September 2, 2020         

 

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