- COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance – Montgomery County reopened its short-term Emergency Rental Assistance Program in August for tenants who are at least one month delinquent on their rent, due to COVID-related impact. HOC will provide up to $600 a month for 3 months, for a total of $1,800. THE APPLICATION PORTAL WAS OPEN AUG 18 – AUG 31. It is now closed so applications can be processed. For info and updated eligibility requirements, See the FAQ or contact the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County at 240-627-9606.
- CDC Issues Temporary Moratorium on Evictions During COVID – Effective Sept 4, the Center’s for Disease Control halts evictions for qualifying renters through Dec 31, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Must certify income loss due to Covid. NOTE: Arrears and late fees will accumulate. Contact HIP’s counselors to see if you meet CDC criteria – We can help you complete the required Declaration Form.
- Burial Assistance Program – Grants to help pay for burial costs are available through Housing Stabilization Services. Household income must be below 60% of Area Median Income, and must meet additional eligibility criteria to receive a grant of $650. Please contact the Department of Health & Human Services by dialing 3-1-1.
Free testing is available Monday – Friday for residents, with or without symptoms, and no Doctor’s note is needed. No Government ID is required!
Please DO call ahead to check times and schedule an appointment to reduce your wait time. However, walk-up tests are allowed, during specific hours. If you come for a walk-up test:
- Do not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum, or brush your teeth for 30 minutes before providing a saliva specimen. Wear a face covering.
PlumGar Community Recreation Center, 19561 Scenery Drive
Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Road
MidCounty Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road
White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane
Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza
Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 West Willard Road
Wheaton Library & Community Recreation Center, 11701 Georgia Avenue
Critical services are available to help your entire family through the pandemic: