Emergency rent assistance is arranged from a variety of sources in Howard County. Some of the primary non-profit agencies as well as government offices are below. Even if a tenant does not qualify for funds, or if an agency does not have money available to help with a security deposit or rent payment, residents of Columbia can also turn to legal aid or receive a referral.
Homeless prevention in the region involves both stopping an eviction and also rehousing a family or individual. A holistic approach is therefore used in order to find some type of assistance for rental expenses or to help the client address the root cause of why they are struggling. There is also a particular focus on helping households with children, the disabled, as well as seniors in Columbia.
Residents should apply for help with their rent before they miss a payment to their landlord. This will provide them the best chance to receive assistance, and the locations are below.
Community Action Council of Howard County
Address is 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Main phone: 410-313-6440
The non-profit can direct families to grants for their rent or transitional housing. Any client will need to go through case management in an effort to end a cycle of poverty or homelessness.
Interfaith Coalition for Compassion
5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia Maryland, 21045
Dial 410-997-2781 for information.
Emergency funds for a portion of rent are provided by this charity. They also offer shelter, money for paying security deposits, food, and much more.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Phone number - 800-422-0009
The non-profit administers the Howard County Coordinated System of Homeless Services. Programs include shelter as well as transitional housing. There can also be referrals to loan programs and other aid for rent and similar expenses.
Information is available to renters as well as seniors that live in Howard County.
The Salvation Army
The main center is at 10350 Savage Guilford Road
Savage, MD 20763
Legal aid is for tenants facing eviction as well. They can call the Legal Aid Bureau (phone 301-560-2100) or the Volunteer Lawyers Service at 410-547-6537. Both organizations offer support to low income and less fortunate residents of Howard County.
Housing and shelter from churches – Several will help the homeless and people in poverty. Not only may accommodations be given, but volunteers will help the person apply for security deposit or first month's rent assistance, offer food, clothing, and more. Some churches include Atholton Seventh Day Adventist, Columbia Community Church, Gary Memorial United Methodist, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Howard County Housing Commission
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, 3rd Fl.
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Telephone - 410-810-7600
The regional RAP - Rental Allowance Program (RAP) offers emergency grants for paying rent and deposits. Or case managers can direct a client to funds for heating bills, low income apartments, and other solutions to stop homelessness.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Phone - 410-659-4020
Churches coordinate social services and housing support.
Bridges to Housing Stability and the Congregations Concerned for the Homeless (CCH)
9520 Burger Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Grants for housing and rent, furniture, career guidance, and other services are run. The goal is to get the tenant back on the path of self-sufficiency and into affordable housing.
Howard County Department of Citizen Services
9900 Washington Boulevard
Laurel MD, 20723
Main number - 410-880-5917
The Multi-Service Center helps clients apply for rental assistance. Other resources may be TANF cash assistance, public housing, and cold winter shelter.
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