CUMBERLAND — Allegany and Garrett counties are among 17 local jurisdictions that were awarded Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will address the needs of more than 3,600 households across the state.

Garrett County will receive $350,000; Allegany County’s grant is for $39,000.

“Maryland has continued to be a national leader in our COVID-19 response, which is why we have responded aggressively with targeted rental relief funding,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “These grants will help ensure our citizens can remain safe and secure in their homes as we continue to respond to this global pandemic.”

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is awarding federal Community Development Block Grant funding across local jurisdictions in Maryland to prevent evictions.

DHCD had already distributed $2.2 million in Eviction Prevention Partnership grants to eight counties, part of a more than $20 million partnership with Maryland’s local jurisdictions. Landlords and tenants should contact their local jurisdiction for more information.

Hogan also launched the Assisted Housing Relief Program, an eviction prevention program intended to help bring rental delinquencies current and provide relief for tenants through direct payments to their eligible property management company. Tenants in eligible properties will be credited rent rebates paid directly to the property management company, which will eliminate their rental debt and the threat of eviction.

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