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Funds will Provide Financial Support to Help Cover the Cost of Rent for Residents at Risk of Eviction 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a new initiative to assist County residents who are in danger of eviction due to a COVID-19 related financial crisis. The program’s initial phase will provide $1 million in rental assistance to households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted.

“We are here to support families that are struggling financially as a result of this pandemic. This initiative will help families avoid homelessness and provide a bridge while they get back on their feet,” Olszewski said. “This is just a first step, but an important one—and Baltimore County will continue to look for ways to provide resources that help our families weather this storm.” 

County residents who have lost income due to COVID-19, are at risk of losing their housing, and meet other program criteria including income limits, may be eligible to receive assistance towards past due rent accrued during the state of emergency. The County anticipates the average award will cover approximately two months of rent per household.

Funding for this phase will come from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds and Emergency Assistance to Families with Children through the Department of Social Services.

How to Apply

County residents can apply on the County’s website, where eligibility details and a list of required documentation can be found. The application will open today, Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to the availability of funds. 

Additional Services

Partnership with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

In recognition of the fact that financial support addresses only some of the issues impacting renters, Baltimore County is partnering with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition's Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) to provide the following services to applicants: 

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

“We are excited to embark on this new partnership with Baltimore County, as it expands and deepens the work FHAC has been doing successfully for the benefit of Maryland residents and comes at a critical time to provide additional support for Baltimore County residents. We commend County Executive Johnny Olszewski for his commitment to support renters throughout the County,” said Marceline White, Executive Director, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition. 

The eviction prevention initiative is the latest effort by Baltimore County to strengthen the safety net for families suffering economic losses as a result of the pandemic.

Food Resources

Baltimore County government and Baltimore County Public Schools have provided more than two million meals for County residents. Information about food resources is available at www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/FoodHelp

Small Business Grants 

The County has also made available grants to support small businesses and artists, and has established the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to assist with efforts to support County residents during this challenging time.

More Information

For more information about these initiatives and other efforts to respond to the pandemic, visit www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/Coronavirus.


Ten-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools

Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF) for an independent consultant to assist in the development of a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to Baltimore County’s school buildings. The plan will prioritize needs based on enrollment projections and capacity, educational equity and adequacy, and the conditions of facilities.

“Every student and educator deserves a safe, modern school where they can learn and grow. While Baltimore County has made significant progress, we still have a number of aging facilities and a growing student population which leads to unacceptable learning conditions for many of our students,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Providing a world-class education for our children is and will always be the number one priority of my administration. This long-term plan will outline a clear roadmap to ensure we can best serve all our children and communities.”

“Building on the substantial progress made during the past decade to modernize our schools, this plan will allow us to comfortably accommodate our growing enrollment into the next decade,” said Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “I deeply appreciate the support and partnership from state and County elected officials.”

Equitable and Effective Allocation of School Construction Funds

The RFP issued today anticipates identifying a consultant to develop a High School Master Plan by September 2020, followed by a plan for all remaining schools, centers and programs by May 2021. Baltimore County has significant school construction needs, including eight remaining projects under the Schools for Our Future program. In addition, the County is projected to have 1,700 more students than seats in its high schools over the next decade.

In response to these challenges, Olszewski has made support for public education his administration’s top priority. Recognizing the need for a long-term plan to ensure the County has a roadmap for equitable and effective allocation of school construction dollars, County Executive Olszewski included funds for the development of a 10-year capital plan in his Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

Olszewski also provided funds in the current budget for all remaining Schools for Our Future projects and has allocated $15 million for planning and design at Lansdowne High School. He also recently committed planning funds for both Towson and Dulaney High Schools.

Support for Public Education a Top Priority

All of these projects are unable to move forward without the State of Maryland’s remaining portion of funding. County Executive Olszewski has consistently called on the state to increase its commitment to help the County meet the needs of its growing student population. Earlier this year, Olszewski called on Governor Hogan to release $127 million in currently withheld school construction funding approved by the legislature in the 2019 legislative session.

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones has indicated that she intends to make school construction a top priority for the state in the upcoming legislative session and Olszewski has committed to advocating on behalf of Baltimore County students in Annapolis.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017