Press Release

June 5, 2020
Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $35 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Marylanders Experiencing Homelessness

WASHINGTON – The full Maryland congressional delegation including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $34,985,870 in COVID-19 relief through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) for jurisdictions in Maryland.  

These funds will be used to address the impact of COVID-19 among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They may also be used to support additional homeless services, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance for families and individuals who are newly experiencing homelessness as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eviction prevention programs include rapid rehousing, housing counseling, and rental deposit assistance.

“The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that more Marylanders need help keeping a roof over their heads than ever before,” the lawmakers said. “At the same time, individuals experiencing homelessness are among those at the highest risks of coronavirus transmission. These federal funds will enable local governments to provide critical community housing services in response to these urgent needs.”

The $2.96 billion allocated today nationwide is allocated based on a formula which accounts for local levels of sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, levels of homelessness risk, and economic and housing market conditions. Awards are as follows:

  • $9,143,757 for Baltimore City
  • $1,313,638 for Anne Arundel County
  • $3,996,350 for Baltimore County
  • $4,847,976 for Montgomery County
  • $4,944,919 for Prince George’s County
  • $10,739,230 to be allocated among counties and qualified nonprofits by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)  

This second round of ESG funding authorized by the CARES Act. It follows the initial $15,408,028 allocated to jurisdictions in Maryland, announced by the delegation in March.