Mid-Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) is taking action to help tenants who are being evicted even after Governor Hogan’s executive order was issued to halt certain evictions during the COVID pandemic. And while Maryland courts have also issued their own halt for failure to pay rent cases through the end of the year – people in our own community are still being evicted from their homes.
- Signing a statement about the impact COVID-19 has had on their ability to pay rent
- Providing proof that their income was impacted by the pandemic which may include loss of job, loss of wages, closure of the place of work, or the need to miss work to take care of school age children.
- If a tenant receives an eviction notice or is served a summons to appear in court for a landlord tenant issue, they must appear in court to protect their rights.
If tenants are behind on rent, there are resources available to help:
- Caroline County: call 443-988-5009, or apply online: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html
- Dorchester County: Delmarva Community Services: 410-901-2991
- Kent County: Maryland Rural Development Corporation 410-482-2585
- Queen Anne’s County: Housing Division, 410-778-3977
- Somerset County: Somerset County Government, 410-651-1424
- Talbot County: Department of Social Services, 410-820-4347, or apply online: https://talbotcovid19.org/
- Wicomico County: Habitat for Humanity, call 410-546-1551 or apply online: https://www.wicomicohabitat.org/
- City of Salisbury: Neighborhood Housing Services, 410-543-4626
- Worcester County: Diakonia, 410-213-0923, https://diakoniaoc.org/
People with lack of access to technology for videoconferencing can get help by working with a local civil legal service provider, such as Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Legal Aid, or the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence.