Seventeen Maryland jurisdictions will split $19.3 million in eviction prevention grants, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.

The grants will help more than 3,600 renters statewide.

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“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,” Hogan said in a statement. “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 funding is in addition to $2.2 million in grants issued to eight counties by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Landlords and tenants should reach out to local officials for more information.

Hogan also launched the Assisted Housing Relief Program, an eviction prevention program meant to help tenants pay back rent through direct payments to their landlords. Eligible tenants will be credited rent rebates to eliminate their rental debt and the threat of eviction.

A Mar. 16 moratorium on evictions related in any way to COVID-19 remains in effect. Read more at WBAL