Eviction Prevention Rental Assistance Program
Maximum household income limits up to 80% of HUD area median income
The Commission will make rental assistance payments directly to your landlord/property manager to be applied to unpaid rents. Please apply for assistance today at:
Apply Online: https://howardcounty.prefixhealth.com
Agency Code: HCH385
To be eligible, a household must be obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling and the Commission must determine that:
1) One or more individuals within the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak. You will be required to provide proof of Financial Hardship.
2) One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
3) The household has a household income at or below 80% of area median income.
An eligible household that occupies a federally subsidized residential unit (Housing Choice Voucher recipient), may receive assistance, if funds are not applied to costs that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal assistance. Funds will be for the resident’s portion of the rent and utility cost only.
If an eligible household receives a monthly federal subsidy (e.g., a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, or Project-Based Rental Assistance) Tenants are required to contact the HCV Program first, and the tenant’s rent must be adjusted if income was reduced. Tenant will be considered for the eviction prevention assistance if hardship still exists after rent adjustment.
It’s important to know that eviction moratoriums that have been put in place does not relieve residents of paying their rent or complying with their lease. Again, we are committed to helping those impacted by the pandemic. For those of you not financially impacted by the pandemic, timely rent payments are critical. Please contact the on-site property manager to discuss any rent concerns that do not relate to eviction prevention assistance.