04/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/08/2021 10:11
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced more than $68 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help families keep roofs over their heads and to prevent homelessness throughout Maryland amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
'The severe economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency have increased homelessness and housing instability in communities across the country,' the lawmakers said. 'This urgently needed federal support will help Maryland families secure safe and affordable housing as we work to control the spread of the virus and recover from the pandemic.'
The American Rescue Plan provides $5 billion nationally for state and local governments to finance supportive services, affordable housing and non-congregate shelter for hundreds of thousands of Americans experiencing homelessness.
The funding will primarily benefit:
The funding includes:
Last year, the lawmakers announced more than $48 million in CARES Act funding to help counties and cities in Maryland respond to the economic and housing impacts of COVID-19.