Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and the Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force sent letters to Governor Hogan requesting a portion of CARES Act funding be dedicated to stem the anticipated tide of mass evictions and debt collections. The moratoria on evictions for failure to pay rent and consumer debt cases expired August 31st. An already strained civil justice system will be flooded with new civil cases, and the health and welfare of individuals and families forced into homelessness and subjected to wage garnishments will be further endangered in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 1 million Marylanders have lost their jobs, and 330,000 renters are predicted to face eviction by year’s end. While it remains unclear how much of the $2.4 billion in CARES Act funds has been allocated and for what purposes, in its letter, the Task Force identified four critical areas where expenditure of CARES Act dollars would have an immediate impact: Rental Assistance – $135M – Increased funding for temporary rental assistance to keep Marylanders housed and provide landlords with the means to pay their mortgage and other obligations. As the pandemic continues, providing temporary rental assistance will be vital to ensuring […]
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