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Update: Montgomery County Launches $20 Million COVID Rent Relief Program: Now Accepting Requests for Second Phase of Rental Assistance

Montgomery County officials today launched the second phase of the COVID Rent Relief Program to provide financial assistance to eligible residents.  Administered by the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the program will accept applications on a rolling basis while funds remain available.

The $20-million funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES act expands rental assistance and homelessness prevention to low-income households that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The funding was introduced by County Executive Marc Elrich and approved by the County Council in July.

More than $1 million in financial assistance was given to eligible households in the initial phase of the program. DHHS has continued to maintain an active waitlist and the process for requesting assistance has been streamlined since the first phase was introduced earlier this year.

Eligible renters must certify that they have income under 60 percent of the average median income, which is $65,529 for a family of three; that they lost income due to COVID-19; that they are rent-burdened and behind on rent; and that they have been a resident of Montgomery County since February 2020. Households may have formal or informal lease arrangements.

Approved households may receive up to $4,000 for rent arrears and a rent credit for future months, paid directly to the landlord when a formal lease agreement exists. Eligible households who have an informal rental arrangement will receive rental assistance based on their monthly rental costs up to $4,000. For households with informal rental arrangements that do not have a lease in their name, the grant may be provided directly to the tenant. All assistance is based on the availability of funds.

For more information, including details about program requirements and an online application are on the County’s COVID-19 website. Households can complete the online application or contact 311 for additional assistance.  Renters facing an immediate loss of housing should also call 311 to discuss their situation with Montgomery County Housing Stabilization Services.

Households that have already received a COVID Rent Relief Grant, a State Assisted Housing Relief Program grant (through their property), or those who are receiving a housing voucher are not eligible. The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is separate and different than the Rental Assistance Program operated by Housing Opportunities Commission, but households may apply to both.

Applications will be prioritized based on areas of highest COVID-19 impact, with households outside of the initial “high impact” neighborhoods placed on a waitlist and contacted as capacity allows.

DHHS has developed a Homeless Prevention Index to evaluate all neighborhoods in relation to 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 placed on a waitlist and contacted as capacity allows. This will enable to the program to ensure that an equity lenses is utilized, recognizing that communities of color have been significantly impacted by COVID, disproportionately experience homelessness, and are more likely to get evicted.

Montgomery County Creates Guide on How to Access Sexual Assault Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Montgomery County’s Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP), part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, and the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) have produced a guide on how to access sexual assault forensic exams (also known as SAFEs or “rape kits”), services, and counseling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that can leave survivors concerned about what they should do next. The questions and fears that survivors have after an assault are often overwhelming and scary, and the additional stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic have created new barriers to getting help. Help for sexual assault survivors has continued, even in the face of stay at home orders.

The guide provides survivors with information on what to expect during a forensic exam and how services have been redesigned to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. The informational guide is available here.  

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View Montgomery County’s programs for abused adults and children, and what our organizations are doing to prevent violence in our community.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance: Applications Open Tuesday, Aug. 18

COVID-19 RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 Application submissions for this program open Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 10:00 am.


What is the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program?

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unprecedented financial hardship for many Montgomery County residents, the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance in the form of a rent subsidy payment.  This program seeks to fill the gaps for those who have lost income during COVID-19.

 

Application submissions OPEN August 18, 2020 at 10:00 am and CLOSE August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

 

Application

Access Online Application Portal HERE beginning August 18, 2020 ()

Digital applications must be completed using the portal. Applications will not be accepted via email.

 

Download PDF Version below 

English

Español

All paper applications MUST be date and time-stamped and placed in the designated drop box at one of the following locations:

  1. 10400 Detrick Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895
  2. 231 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
  3. 101 Lakeforest Boulevard #200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
  4. 880 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Landlord Information

As stated in the application and FAQs, every application must provide complete supporting documentation by the stated deadline, to include information from your landlord. To help you gather this information, you may use the form below. When placed in a sealed envelope, your full name (applicant) and “COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program – Landlord Documentation” must be visible on the outside of the envelope.
 

Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions

Click below for eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Preguntas frecuentes – COVID- 19 Programa de asistencia de alquiler 


Questions
 

If you have questions or require assistance, email CDBG_RAP@hocmc.org or reach out to our Call Center staff at help@hocmc.org or (240) 627-9400.

Free Covid -19 testing

Click on Montgomery County Maryland.Gov link to see the date, time and location to register for FREE COVID -19 testing. No doctor’s order or government ID is required. There are no co-pays or deductibles. On-line registration is preferred but it is NOT required. Walk-in appointments are allowed!

https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html

Montgomery County Health and Human Services entered into a contract agreement with Advagenix to conduct FREE COVID -19 testing. Click on the link below to register. Print your confirmation. I suggest you take a photo of your confirmation and take it with you on the day of the test. Issues with printing the confirmation has occurred.

https://advagenix.com/covid19testing

You can call Montgomery Testing Helpline at 240-777-1755 and request and appointment for FREE COVID -19 at a site nearest you. The Helpline hours are 8:00AM to 6:00PM Sunday through Saturday.

Everyone is encouraged to get a test – even those who do not exhibit symptoms or have a particular reason to suspect exposure. See the State of Maryland Department of Health’s FAQ’s on Corona Virus testing

Covid -19 Rental Assistance Program

What is the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program?

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an unprecedented financial hardship for many Montgomery County residents, the CAP is a program that provides financial assistance in the form of a rent subsidy payment.  This program seeks to fill the gaps for those who have lost income during COVID-19.

 

Application submissions OPEN June 1, 2020 at 10:00 am and CLOSE June 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

Application Access Online Application Portal HERE beginning June 1, 2020 Digital applications must be completed using the portal. Applications will not be accepted via email. Download PDF Version belowHERE English  Español All paper applications MUST be date and time-stamped and placed in the designated drop box at one of the following locations:
  1. 10400 Detrick Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895
  2. 231 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
  3. 101 Lakeforest Boulevard #200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
  4. 880 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions Click below for eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.  Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program  Preguntas frecuentes – COVID- 19 Programa de asistencia de alquiler    Timeline May 26, 2020 Application and accompanying materials open for public viewing and download. June 1, 2020 Applications accepted – paper and online – beginning at 10:00 am.

June 5, 2020 Applications and submission of accompanying documentation close. All applications and supporting documents – paper and online – must be received by 2:00 pm. Paper applications and document packages must be date and time-stamped using machines at HOC locations.

June 10, 2020 Applications in the pool are reviewed after a randomized selection process. June 17-23, 2020 Selected applicants and their landlords are notified of awards. July 1, 2020 Landlords receive COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program checks via USPS.   Questions  If you have questions or require assistance, please call (240) 627-9606 or (240) 627-9680 or email .

EBB Goes Digital!

EBB Goes Digital!

Online & Offline Activities to keep the fun and learning going! The question has been asked, ‘what happens when out of school time is all the time?’ We are proud  that the organizations that partner to bring Excel Beyond the Bell to our school buildings have partnered to help answer this question using our digital platforms in support of families and youth as a part of our collective mission. Please visit this page on Mondays beginning April 13th for weekly posting of resources, experiments, projects, creative ideas, live activity links, and more to bring Excel Beyond the Bell fun wherever our youth are! We hope that these activities help keep everyone moving, thinking, growing and having fun together. Families, we invite you to also take a minute to visit infomontgomery.org to find even more information and resources. Supporting you as you “Stay Safe and Stay Home”, The Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative

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Arts

Health & Wellness

Nutrition & Cooking

MoCo’s Got Talent

MoCo Rec’s hit talent showcase “MoCo’s Got Talent” is looking for fresh talent! While you are safe at home and practicing social distancing, why not show us what you’ve got?! Film a one-minute video of yourself showing your personality and your talent for our first-ever virtual competition. Tag us in your video and use the hashtag, #MCGTLIVE. Each like equals one vote, so make sure your posts are public. Upload a one-minute video to Facebook,tag @montgomerycountyrecreation and use #MCGTLive!

Finale is April 24, 2020

Senior Nutrition Resources during Covid 19 Outbreak

Senior Resources

  • Grocery Delivery Options: Peapod, Wegmans
  • Senior Connection Shoppers Program: Grocery assistance for senior residents
  • Meal Delivery Options:
    • Villages: The Villages Programs are found at various locations throughout the County, and are offering grocery assistance and other volunteer support to our senior community.
    • Medical Reserve Core: This volunteer-led organization is comprised of healthcare professionals and community members that can offer grocery assistance, meal delivery, etc. to seniors during this emergency.
    • Prepared Meals are also available for grab-and-go at Senior Congregate Meal Sites for enrolled participants (Damascus, Holiday Park, Schweinhaut, and White Oak) each Wednesday
    • Meals on Wheels is continuing to conduct home deliveries to seniors throughout the County.

SMYAL’s virtual programming for LGBTQ

I wanted to send out a link about SMYAL’s virtual programming for LGBTQ youth, that you could share with your participants.   We are not limiting it geographically, and youth do not need to be connected with SMYAL already.  We are creating online support spaces during this time when young people might be struggling to find community.   https://smyal.org/virtualprograms/virtual-programming/

Legislative Alert from Montgomery County Delegate Chair Marc Korman

Since the beginning of the crisis, the Maryland House of Delegates and the State Senate have been united in their support of the Governor and his efforts to respond to the outbreak. Prior to our early adjournment, the legislature took immediate action and passed bills related to the present emergency. SB 1079 (State Budget – Revenue Stabilization Account Transfers – Coronavirus) provides the Governor with up to $50 million from the State’s Rainy Day Fund to help respond to the public health threat. COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020 (HB 1663) allows the Governor to take specific actions to expand healthcare benefits and protect workers in response to the public health threat. These actions include requirements that the Maryland Department of Health cover the cost of COVID–19 testing, a vaccine (should one become available) and any associated costs not paid for by insurance or another third party. The legislation also includes protections against price gouging, expands telehealth services and expands unemployment insurance benefits to workers who are temporarily out of work or quarantined due to the virus. For more information on unemployment insurance, please visit https://www.dllr.state.md.us/. No doubt, further action will be required later to support our working families, small businesses, and others significantly impacted by the pandemic and the public health response. The General Assembly has also created a Joint COVID-19 Response Legislative Workgroup to provide oversight and support to the Administration in the coming weeks and months. Please also visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/, which is regularly updated with information regarding COVID-19 and the current rules in Maryland to try to limit its spread.
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