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Maryland - Homelessness Prevention Program and Support

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Homelessness and Housing Support

he Office of Grants Management administers:

Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
HPP provides non-monetary assistance to households with a pending eviction, and in some jurisdictions, support counselors who work with tenants and landlords to prevent evictions. By providing short-term mediation or linkage to resources, the program helps families and individuals who are at risk for eviction to stay in their rental homes. Households are also provided early intervention services to avoid a possible eviction.

Housing Counselor Program (HCP)
HCP operates in five jurisdictions and assist low income families who are homeless, or in imminent danger of becoming homeless to locate, secure, and maintain permanent housing. Counselors help these families establish adequate credit references and to apply for subsidized housing.

The counselors also help access local public and private resources for the first and last month’s rent, security deposits, utility payments, or donations of furniture. They develop and maintain relationships with landlords, often paving the way for people with credit or reference problems to obtain permanent housing. Other assistance may include helping families locate more affordable housing after a rent increase, or helping to find another apartment located near a bus route that is more suitable for a new place of employment. In many of the these instances, people are able to remain in housing or to find new housing before being evicted, and as a result, public and private agencies do not have to make outlays for sheltering these households.

The five jurisdictions served are: Baltimore County, Harford County, Montgomery County, Washington County, and Baltimore City.

For more information about the Housing Counseling Program, please call Lisa Dameron on (410) 767-7285.

Service-Linked Housing Program (SLH)
SLH provides funds in thirteen jurisdictions for resident advocates to link low-income residents of permanent housing to community services. SLH stabilizes households that are in precarious situations, thereby avoiding episodes of homelessness. The resident advocates help link the residents to health services, education, job training, employment, addiction treatment, and other counseling.

The jurisdictions served are: Baltimore County, Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Allegany County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Washington County, and Baltimore City.

For more information about the Service-Linked Housing Program, contact Lisa Dameron on (410) 767-7285.

Emergency and Transitional Housing and Services Program (ETHS)
ETHS provide state funding for emergency and transitional shelters for people who are homeless. ETHS funds shelter beds and support services such as limited rent assistance, food, transportation, and case management. ETHS is administered locally with significant involvement of local homelessness agencies in each jurisdiction. The successful interaction of local and State groups demonstrate that partnerships are an essential element of this program.

Freezing and Inclement Weather Plans describe specific procedures and detail the resources available to people who are homeless in each jurisdiction. The plans are updated and submitted annually.

The Directory of Maryland Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs can be used to contact ETHS funded and other shelter programs around the State. The directory also includes summaries of each jurisdiction’s Freezing and Inclement Weather Plans. The most up-to-date Directory is available by going to:
Copies of the Directory can also be obtained by calling the Office of Grants Management on (410) 767-7719.

Homeless Women - Crisis Shelter Home Program (HW-CS)
HW-CS Home Program provides shelter, room and board, counseling, and referral services to homeless women and children. The shelters offer a 24-hour crisis hotline in addition to safe accommodations and meals. Other services include direct resource referral for housing, physical and mental health care, education, training, employment services, and case management.

This program is located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Garrett Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Wicomico and Worcester Counties                                                

For more information about the Homeless Women-Crisis Shelter Program, contact Lisa Dameron at (410) 767-7285.
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Tammy35*   in reply to kindhearteddad
You are very welcome.I wish you with all my heart,you will get the help you need.Stay strong,ok?
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kindhearteddad   in reply to Tammy35*
Hi Tammy..thank you for the kind words..l live in Maryland

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Tammy35*   in reply to kindhearteddad
I am sorry for your loss.Which state do you live in?
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littlelacie   in reply to kindhearteddad
hi,get on internet,type in needhelppayingbills,city.county.state. you will then see a list of resources in your area that may be able to help.
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Hi..l am a single father of 2sons..l am being evicted on Tuesday the 24th..l had to take time off from work to care for my dad while he was I' dad past away last week..l am back at work..but l won't get a check until next Friday..but it still won't cover my rent..l know time is short..but l am so worried about getting evicted..does anyone know where l can turn to for help..please let me know..thank you and God bless
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sonshinesas   in reply to loritb
call 211, call churches, call salvation army.
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i am getting evicted on the 26 of august and i need to know where could i go for help in baltimore county
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Hi,i being eviction cause of my son they said that the police saw my son come in and out of my house when i wasn't home and they found a seed in a zip lock bag that weed i didi know it was up there cause i haven't seen my son so nowthey are putting me out cause of that and i'am diable
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Prissyof6
U welcome
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Prissyof6   in reply to woman in a shoe
thank you for your help
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Prissyof6
Well the person u posted to not been on here in years now. But there no cash on this site but call 211 give city state tell them what u need help with they will give u a list of places to call to see if they can help u
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I went to court yesterday for my eviction and I have 30 days to get some money to my landlord. My brother and his wife were living with me but she left in july 2013 and he left in October 2013 and left there children with me. I am in the process of getting custody of my 2 nieces but that takes time and I amy disabled live on a fixed income and have 2 children of my own to raise. one is in college and the other is in high school. the back rent owed is 14,000. My landlord would be happy with anything in order for me not to be put in the street and be homeless.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to divaskid93
Call 211 give city state tell them what u need help with they will give u a list of places to call good luck
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divaskid93   in reply to missjanie
Hi Missjanie - I am being evicted next wednesday and have no place to go - the rent that I owe is $2649 for Mar. and Apr. I will be able to pay May with temporary work. Do you know of any agency's in PG. County Maryland that can help prevent this eviction. I am praying to not be separated from my daughter.

Please help me if you can.
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missjanie   in reply to Caramell711
Im sorry but there is no cash available in this site, as most if us are struggling just to put food on our tables. Check with your city and state it will give you a list of agencies that help with a variety of things such as rent utilities food etc, God Bless
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I need $600 before 7:30pm or me and my 3 young children will be out on the streets tomorrow. I can pay the money back on Friday. Please any assistance is appreciated!!!!!!!
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Poppyday13   in reply to Cemays
Hello . What town and county are you in please ?
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Homeless in one week; my eviction has been scheduled for next Wednesday, 2/19/2014. I've been laid off since 9/30/2013. I've been affected by the Emergency Unemployment Benefits being suspended. I went to court and requested a stay of eviction to give me more time to get funds; I think the Judge denied my request because I wasn't thinking clearly as to my reason for the request. I've obtained 3/4 of the money needed for my landlord. I'm afraid to speak with her again, as she's become impossible to talk to; I don't know what happened to our rapport. I'm attending college to obtain better full-time gainful employment and have been on some interviews; awaiting their decisions. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME!
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Hello, My name is Royshay Royster I am 21 years old and I'm 6 months pregnant. I am contacting you today because I have know where to live and hoping that I can join your program to help me get a job and a place to stay for my unborn child and myself. I had to give my apartment up in April because I could no longer afford the bills do to just leaving my job. I really need help because I know I can only stay with friends and family for a spare. I need help getting back on my feet because it's so hard for me to find a job so I can move back out into my own place and go to college. Please feel free to contact me at anytime via email or my cell @ 4438502366 thank you hope to hear from you very soon
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i am facing eviction in 3 days. i have been to several places to help with little luck. ive been to dss and community action agency. i came up with $200 out of $900. what can i do? please someone help me
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