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June 6, 2010

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.

Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 7:00 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Homelessness


Keep the clamps on small business such as mandating a 2-person company comply with the same employer contributed payroll tax/withholding rules as Walmart, or increase the MD unemployment tax rate from 0.3% to 2.3% and expand the welfare system to keep people on enough subsistence that they don't riot in the streets.

In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet, and say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us." -Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor

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About Jamie Smith Hopkins
Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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