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Baltimore Applying For $2 Million From State For Rental Assistance


Baltimore City is applying for $2 million of rental assistance from the state tomorrow in the form of Community Development Block Grant Funds. 

City officials estimate that the $2 million would help about 333 households. But Valerie Piper, a city consultant for eviction prevention, acknowledged that nearly 10,000 households are in need. 

She said the state has about $16 million of block grant funds. 

“We just realistically didn’t think we can get more than 2 million from the state at this time,” Piper said. “Could we use more? Yes, we could.” 

Tisha Edwards, head of the Office of Children and Family Success, says assistance will not end here. 

“It's going to be an ongoing process of just continuing to identify funds so that we can adequately meet the need, which we are all very concerned about,” Edwards said. 

So far, the city has committed about $30 million from various grants and CARES act funds to rental assistance.


Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.
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