Montgomery County opens fourth phase of pandemic rent relief program

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The fourth phase of the Montgomery County Rent Relief Program has reopened to provide short-term rental assistance to residents who have fallen behind on rent payments due to the pandemic. The program, which is open to tenants who have not completed a previously submitted application or wish to submit a new application for consideration, has no deadline.

“I am pleased to announce the reopening of the rent relief program. We have additional funds to distribute, and we know the need for this assistance has not gone away,” said the Montgomery County Executive, Marc Elrich, in a statement, “The impact of this pandemic will be with us for some time to come, so I urge eligible residents in need not to delay and apply today.”

To be eligible for the fourth phase of the program, households must earn a gross income less than half of the county’s median household income. They must also have experienced pandemic-related financial hardship, reside in Montgomery County since at least August 2021, have an informal or formal obligation to pay rent, and be at least two months behind on their rent.

Depending on income level and funds available, households can receive up to $12,000 in total or 18 months of rent assistance. Households well below the region’s median income level may also be eligible for up to $2,000 to help pay for utilities.

Tenants can complete an online application here. County officials are available to help complete the application for those without internet access or in need of alternate accommodations. Applications will be considered based on priority factors, including income, risk of deportation and geographic location.

As of July 24, the county has distributed $79.1 million in financial assistance through the Rent Relief Program, launched in May 2020. The program is administered by the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. of Montgomery with funding from the Treasury Department’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program.

Tenants facing an immediate threat of eviction can call 311 Monday through Friday to be connected with County Housing Stabilization Services.

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