Montgomery County Reopens Fourth Phase of COVID-19 Rent Relief Program; Previously Incomplete and New Applications Will Be Accepted

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

The rent relief program launched in May 2020 and as of July 24, has distributed $79.1 million in financial assistance.  Funding for the fourth phase was provided by U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance funds in direct allocations to the County and as a sub-grantee to the State of Maryland.

Based on the number of applications received to-date for the fourth phase, it is anticipated that there will be additional funds within the program to support eligible residents. Applications will continue to be processed based on priority factors including income, eviction risk, and geographic location.

Visit www.mc311.com/rentrelief to apply online or log-in to an existing account to continue a previously started application. If someone has already applied, do not apply again.

If someone previously registered set up an online account or started an application before the prior deadline, they can log into their  account to continue an application. There is no need to submit another application.  Please note only submitted applications will be reviewed for assistance.

Residents who have already applied can check the status of the application through the online portal. DHHS continues to process cases daily.  Once a case is assigned, applicants will hear from an assigned case worker via email, mail, or telephone.

An email address is needed  to complete the application. If someone does not  have an email address, we strongly encourage them to set one up or connect with  the property manager/landlord who can apply on their behalf. People in households without internet access or who need assistance completing the application should call 311 (240-777-0311) to get connected with County staff or partners for assistance in completing an application.

Renters facing an immediate loss of housing should call 311 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to be connected with DHHS’ Housing Stabilization Services.  For more answers to frequently asked questions about the rent relief program, visit www.mc311.com/rentrelief.

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Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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