WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $6,425,646 in federal funding to reimburse the City of Baltimore for costs related to non-group, temporary housing during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as authorized through Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
The award of $6,421,134 reimburses the City of Baltimore for emergency protective measures, including quarantine sheltering for vulnerable and homeless populations who had no capacity to safely quarantine or self-isolate, including those who tested positive or were exposed to COVID-19 who did not require hospitalization, but needed isolation.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Baltimore provided critical services to protect residents, including shelter for those who tested positive or had been exposed to COVID-19 but were unable to find or afford a stable and safe place to quarantine. As we work to rebuild our economy, reimbursement funds like these help support our communities’ recovery and growth,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland will continue to secure federal funding to provide Marylanders with the assistance and relief they need.”
Recently, the lawmakers announced more than $38 million in reimbursement funds for statewide COVID-19 economic recovery.