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Economic impact payments – “stimulus checks” – have begun to be distributed to individuals in Maryland. Marylanders with  an  adjusted gross income up to $75,000, and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns, will receive the full payment of $600, or $1,200 for married couples, along with $600 for each qualifying child. The COVID-19 relief legislation passed by Congress last month also expanded eligibility for these economic impact payments to mixed-status families where one spouse has a Social Security Number.

Payments will arrive in the same form as the prior round in 2020.  Most will be direct deposited in bank accounts. If you have not received your payment,  visit the Get My Payment portal  to check its status. Please note - the IRS cannot change the bank or mailing information it uses, so if you have changed banks or the account your first economic impact payment was delivered to is no longer active, the payment could be returned to the Treasury Department.  Click here to learn more about the second round of economic impact payments.

This new assistance falls woefully short of the assistance Maryland families need as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, the House passed the CASH Act to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 per person. The American people have waited too long for relief, and it's unacceptable that Senator McConnell refuses to bring this bill to the Floor of the Senate for a vote. I will work with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration to deliver additional economic relief to families in our state.

As always, I encourage all Fifth District residents to continue to share their concerns and insights with me by contacting my office  or connecting with me on Facebook , Twitter , or Instagram . If you are experiencing a personal difficulty such as issues accessing veterans benefits or another problem regarding a federal agency and you wish for my office to place an inquiry on your behalf, please complete the casework request form by clicking here .   


Sincerely Yours,   
Steny H. Hoyer

Landlord Recruitment

Landlord Recruitment Social-Media ImageThe Housing Authority of Prince George’s County (HAPGC) wants to partner with landlords interested in renting their unit(s) to individuals and families with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV).  HAPGC is looking for landlords who rent single-family homes and apartment units to join the HCV program.

Housing Choice Vouchers provide rental assistance for low-income families in the private rental market through the HAPGC’s Housing Assistance Payments Program (HAP).

Housing Choice Voucher holders select a unit from the private rental market.  The rental assistance provided by HAPGC makes market rate housing affordable for voucher holders.  Program participants normally pay no more than 30% of monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities.  The Housing Assistance Payments subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner.  Guaranteed rent payments are made directly to the landlords’ bank account on time each month.

In order to increase the supply of accessible housing for tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, the Housing Authority is also seeking landlords who will make their property accessible for voucher tenants with disabilities.

For a limited time only: HAPGC is now offering cash incentives to landlords to become a part of the HCV Program, and even more if the property is accessible for families and individuals with disabilities. This program is for landlords of multi-family buildings as well as single family homes.

Here’s how it works…

Landlords Will Receive:

$1,500 one-time payment for 1st UFAS certified unit and one-time $500 payment for each additional UFAS certified unit.

$1,000 one-time payment for 1st unit with Accessible features, and $400 for each additional unit with accessible features.

$700 one-time payment for 1st unit in an opportunity zip code, and $300 one-time payment for each additional unit in an opportunity zip code.

$500 one-time payment for 1st unit 3BR or higher and $250 one-time payment for each additional unit. (Any unit size). 

Incentives cannot be combined. Landlords will receive the higher of the incentive for any new voucher client move-in. Example: Landlord is leasing a 3BR unit, located in an opportunity zone that has accessible features: Landlord will receive a one-time incentive of $1,000. 

Areas of Opportunity Zip Codes:

20601, 20613, 20623, 20715, 20716, 20720, 20721, 20724, 20735, 20772, 20774

Accessible Housing/Home Modifications for Persons with Disabilities

Owners of a rental property registered with the Housing Choice Voucher Program can now apply for a grant that can be used to make their property accessible for persons with disabilities.  The grant is a reimbursable payment, up to $10,000, that will enable the owner to make changes to the property that will assist disabled residents and families to live comfortably in the home.  The grant can be used for both single family homes and multi-family properties.

Landlords must:

  • Complete a grant application to apply for the funding;  
  • Select licensed, bonded and insured contractors to make the units or single-family homes accessible; 
  • Pass an HQS1  and UFAS2  inspection.  

After the work is completed, the landlord will be reimbursed for expenses.

Interested landlords must attend a landlord briefing presented by the HAPGC.  These briefings are held every third Wednesday of each month.  Landlords must register in advance.  Check the Housing Authority website for a list of briefing dates and times:

Questions:  Call (301) 883-5597

 1HQS – Home Quality Standards

 2UFAS – Uniformed Federal Accessibility Standards

Relaunch of the Prince George's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

We are pleased to announce that the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is now offering relief to landlords on behalf of renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Landlords may apply for each tenant's delinquent rental payments beginning on or after April 1, 2020. Must have a valid lease agreement to apply. Click the link for more information:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 10

Unlawful Evictions in Maryland

Presented by Community Legal Services (CLS) of Prince George's County

CLS presented this timely video on illegal evictions. Contact CLS at (240) 391-6370 if you have been a victim of unlawful removal from your rental property. CLS is a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance to income-eligible clients in Prince George’s County in matters involving divorce, custody, child support, visitation, domestic violence, guardianship, foreclosure prevention, landlord/tenant, unpaid wages, bankruptcy, and other non-fee generating legal matters. Find out if you qualify and get the help you need!

Click here for CLS's Tenant Tuesday presentation.

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