Information on the Moratorium on Evictions

Thousands of Maryland residents and millions of people across the country are at risk of becoming homeless due to the end of the moratorium on evictions. Nationally, it’s estimated that 4.2 million adults are at risk of eviction¹. This moratorium was put in place by the federal government to prevent evictions if tenants could prove that factors related to COVID-19 had caused an inability to pay rent. The federal moratorium ended on July 31st, but thanks to efforts from advocates on capitol hill, a ban on some evictions was reinstated through October 3rd. Governor Larry Hogan extended Maryland’s moratorium on evictions, under the original perimeters, through August 15th. Housing advocates are asking Governor Hogan to extend the moratorium through the end of the year, as the current federal extensions on eviction bans aren’t expected to apply to many Maryland residents. As it stands, after August 15th, officials anticipate a spike in the number of homeless individuals. This is an urgent crisis for our community, and it demands a response.

First, it’s crucial that those at risk of eviction are connected to available resources. If you or someone you know is unable to pay their rent and is at risk of eviction in the state of Maryland, call 877-546-5595 to access the Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Call Center.

Second, spread the word about the free meals we offer at Progress Place and our Beyond the Table distribution sites.

Third, consider contacting your congressman to request action be taken on addressing this housing crisis.

At Shepherds Table, our goal is to provide the tools and resources necessary so that food and housing insecurity is but a brief chapter in our clients’ stories. With your help, we can accomplish this goal. Thank you for the role you play in making that possible.

¹Urban Institute 

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