Maryland uses resources from the Emergency Solutions Grant program to help families or individuals that are faced with homelessness. There may be funds used to prevent the eviction or foreclosure from occurring in the first place. This will be issued in the form of emergency rental assistance or grants can be provided for paying a security deposit on a new home. Other services include landlord - tenant mediation as well as access to transitional housing.
Financial aid is generally reserved for people that are faced with a short term housing crisis. It will need to be caused by an unexpected emergency that was not caused by the tenant, such as a medical crisis or maybe some form of unexpected reduction in income. The demand for homeless prevention assistance in Maryland is very high, and resources are limited. So only a limited number of applications will be approved.
The ESG program is funded by the federal government, HUD, and other agencies. Another key partner is the Continuum of Care in Maryland, and all these groups work together to help qualified families or individuals who are at risk of first-time homelessness. Some of the main components of the program are below.
The currently homeless in Maryland can also explore rapid re-housing as well. This is another resource available in a certain number of cases. For qualified families, they will need to attend case management and may need to go through transitional housing until their situation is stabilized. Specialists from non-profit agencies and social services will also work with the homeless individual to help them overcome any barriers they have to stable housing.
Rehousing may also involve the distribution of funds from ESG. There may be assistance to pay for a portion of a security or utility deposit, moving costs, and first months rent on a new apartment. Some counties may also assist with the housing search and placement process in an effort to get the client into some type of low income apartment.
The process may also include short term housing in either a shelter, local hotel or motel. The Maryland Department of Human Resources Office, or other charities that offer rehousing services, want to get the homeless family into a safe place to live as soon as possible. This is especially true during the winter months. If all the shelters are full, then some Maryland agencies will still help a tenant that was evicted as they may provide motel vouchers for free.
Homeowners that are faced with foreclosure or homeless may also be qualified to receive assistance. HUD certified housing counselors will provide them with free advice on any options that may be available, ranging from help with loan modifications to improving their credit.
However, the fact is that some homeowners may be just to far behind on their mortgage payments. In those cases Maryland may coordinate rehousing for them, as noted above. Case managers can help them locate a more affordable home and there may be a combination of loans or maybe ESG grants to pay a portion of the security deposit on the new home.
Additional rental and housing assistance may be provided to those individuals faced with certain situations. For example, the large number of veterans in Maryland may be able to participate in eviction prevention as the result of SSVF, which is focused on their needs. Additional resources may be for the disabled, senior citizens, or victims of domestic violence in Maryland. Non-profits or a local social service organization may have funds dedicated to help pay for rental or deposit costs in those cases.
The county DSS offices may receive funds from the government as part of ESG or can provide referrals to emergency rental assistance programs, such as RAP, or housing. Note the terms and conditions of this program may change from year to year, as well as the number of people that can be assisted.
Allegany County DSS can be reached at (301) 784-7000.
Anne Arundel County center is in Annapolis. Phone (410) 269-4500. Tenants may apply for financial help (either grants or interest free loans) for their rental arrears to stop an eviction or other aid. More on Anne Arundel County.
Baltimore City (dial (443) 378-4600) or Baltimore County (Telephone (410) 853-3000)
Residents of the city can get referrals to grant programs for a security deposit, mediation services, and other support. Homelessness is a concern in the city, and support is available to stop this from occurring. Read more.
Calvert County residents dial (443) 550-6900
Caroline County - Dial (410) 819-4500 for information.
Cecil County DSS - (410) 996-0100
Charles County is based in LaPlata. Telephone - (301) 392-6400.
Dorchester County - (410) 901-4100
Frederick County, (301) 600-4555
Garrett County - (301) 533-3000
Harford County DSS is located at (410) 836-4700
Howard County - For information on homeless programs, call (410) 872-8700
Kent County - Call (410) 810-7600
Montgomery County - Telephone (240) 777-4513. Referrals can be provided to ESG funds or other eviction prevention programs. A focus is on stopping evictions of senior citizens, single parents, and the vulnerable such as the disabled. Find assistance in Montgomery County.
Prince George’s County - (301) 909-7025.
The RAP program is often used to stop homelessness. There may be emergency grants issued for housing needs along with motel vouchers among other services. More on Prince George’s County.
Queen Anne’s County. Call the DSS office at (410) 758-8000
Somerset County - (410) 677-4200.
the county may have information on low income apartments or suggestions on how to find help with any back rent that is due to a landlord.
St. Mary’s County - Main phone - (240) 895-7000
Talbot County - For information on shelters, housing, or grants for rent, call (410) 770-4848
Washington County - (240) 420-2100
Wicomico County - Telephone (410) 713-3900
Worcester County DSS - (410) 386-3300