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A place to call home is one of the most basic—and essential—human needs. Evictions in our region are increasing at a staggering pace, with more people out of work or working fewer hours because of the pandemic. Some of them are living in motels, staying with friends, sleeping in their cars—or worse, on the streets.
We rapidly rehouse those who have lost their homes and prevent homelessness for those on the brink of eviction.
We work with property management firms to reduce rent costs and waive security deposits.
Our case managers work closely with families across Greater Baltimore to build financial self-sufficiency in the face of skyrocketing housing costs.
In one month alone, our 211 Helpline received nearly 4,000 calls for help with housing assistance. And you can trust that we’ll help: United Way is one of the largest non-governmental funders of eviction prevention in this area.
Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention
The Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention (STEP) Program is a new United Way of Central Maryland initiative that provides rental assistance to households who have been impacted by the COVID pandemic and financial crisis. The program is offered to target ZIP codes that have both high rates of COVID and high rates of poverty.
Middle-class families who have lost income have had to spend down their savings or accrue debt. For families who had few liquid assets to begin with, many have found themselves unable to pay rent and many are now facing eviction or face losing their homes to foreclosure.
COVID has exacerbated serious disparities in the social and economic system that had already put millions of Americans on the brink of homelessness. Soaring rents combined with lost or stagnant wages have strained family budgets.
PROVIDING SAFE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING
United Way helps prevent evictions through its 14 housing programs across the region, the STEP (Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention) program, 211 Emergency Assistance, and its Relocation and Rent Forgiveness programs.
United Way sites across Greater Baltimore provide housing support
of families in our programs remain housed
in rental assistance grants for local families
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