Montgomery County Resources
Montgomery County offers a wide range of resources for county residents:
- COVID Testing, Vaccination Sites, and Health Education;
- Food Resources;
- Financial Assistance and Employment;
- Immigration and Language Resources;
- Montgomery County Crisis Center.
Del Condado de Montgomery Recursos
- Pruebas de COVID, Centros de Vacunación y Educación para la Salud;
- Cuidado de la Salud;
- Recursos para Alimentos;
- Asistencia Financiera y de Empleo;
- Recursos Lingüísticos y para Inmigrantes;
- Centro de Crisis del Condado de Montgomery.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program provides short-term rental assistance to eligible households who have experienced lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused them to fall behind on their rent. The program is managed by the County's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with funding from the Department of Treasury's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
While funds are available, the program will provide up to $12,000 to eligible households to pay for back rent owed and/or pay for up to three months of future rent. Funds awarded will take into account any other local, state, or federal assistance received to pay rent.
For more information, including details about program requirements, an online application, and frequently asked questions in Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese, see the County's COVID-19 Rent Relief Program page. Households can complete an online application there or contact 311 (240-777-0311) for additional assistance.
National and State Rental Assistance Resources
If you or someone you know is having trouble paying rent, see this overview of rental assistance options Help for renters: Coronavirus housing resources | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerfinance.gov) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The overview is available at that site in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog and Arabic.
The CFPB also provides flyers in English Worried about missed rent payments or eviction? Help is available (consumerfinance.gov) and in Spanish ¿Le preocupan los pagos de renta omitidos o teme un desalojo? Hay ayuda disponible (consumerfinance.gov).
The CFPB also has a tool Find a Housing Counselor | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerfinance.gov) to find a local housing counselor to provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures and credit issues.
Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development has put together this web page with information and instructions to access rental assistance and assisted housing relief Emergency Rental Assistance Program (maryland.gov).
Need Assistance with your Water Bill?
WSSC Water is committed to making your water and sewer bills more affordable. We have enhanced our financial assistance programs and we do encourage eligible residential customers to set-up a payment plan.
Need help now? Our Customer Service Advisors are here to help and ready to work with you to determine a program that will help you. Get started today by calling 301-206-4001.
Need Housing Immediately? Learn about Section 8 here.
The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.
The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.
Housing choice vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs). The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.
A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Under certain circumstances, if authorized by the PHA, a family may use its voucher to purchase a modest home.
Click the button below to learn more about available benefits and requirements for the program.