Rent Relief Program Available to County Residents
Do you know someone struggling to pay their rent? Are you behind on payments?
Montgomery County has a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program that provides short-term rental assistance to eligible households who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing them to fall behind on the 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 program is funded through a $20 million supplemental appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services.
DHHS has developed a Homeless Prevention Index to evaluate all neighborhoods on COVID-19 impact, housing stress and social determinants. Applications will be prioritized based on areas of highest COVID impact, with households outside of the initial “high impact” neighborhoods (map available here) placed on a waitlist and contacted as capacity allows. This will enable the program to ensure that an equity lens is used, recognizing that communities of color have been significantly impacted by COVID, disproportionately experience homelessness, and are more likely to get evicted.
More information is available here.