Are you reading this from a homeless shelter?
High unemployment -- ever-longer stretches of it -- has thrust more Americans to the brink of homelessness. If this describes you, here's something you'll want to know:
Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development said Friday that it has a new rental assistance program for people "who have become homeless or are at 'imminent risk' of becoming homeless as a result of the severe downturn in the economy over the past two years."
It received $22.4 million in federal stimulus funding for the effort.
A few details:
Eligible individuals and families may receive assistance in the form of rental payments, utility payments, rental and utility deposits, arrearages, moving costs and other allowable expenses. In addition to financial assistance, the program also provides for case management and other services to help clients in achieving stable, long term housing.
To access the help, call 1-877-428-8844 and mention the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.