United Way of Central Maryland to Expand STEP Eviction Protection Program
The United Way of Central Maryland announced Tuesday it will expand the Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention (STEP) Program to serve residents in Baltimore City as well as Baltimore, Harford, and Howard counties as the national CDC moratorium on evictions is set to expire this month. With $43 million from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), United Way of Central Maryland will work with county and city governments and landlords to pay up to 12 months of back rent for qualified residents. This expanded program is estimated to help approximately 3,100 additional households avoid eviction and potential homelessness over the next 15 months.
Funded through a combination of federal, state and local dollars, this expanded STEP program will bundle large numbers of past-due accounts to prevent evictions in bulk. Rather than requiring tenants to apply individually, the program works directly with landlords and property managers to pay off delinquent accounts.
Source: The Daily Record