In Maryland anyone who has lost a job, been furloughed or forced to stay home due social distancing orders can file for unemployment. People who have been ordered to isolate or had to leave their jobs to avoid exposure or to care for an infected family member, are also eligible. 

You can immediately file an unemployment claim online through the Maryland Department of Labor website or by phone. The state is waiving the work search requirements during the pandemic. People generally receive about half of their weekly wages for as long as 26 weeks. 

Please note that recently enacted federal legislation boosts unemployment benefits by adding $600 weekly payments on top of the usual weekly unemployment checks for four months and adding 13 weeks of additional benefits. Self-employed and part-time workers would now also be covered.

Unemployment Insurance

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is allowing borrowers whose mortgages are owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to delay payments for up to 12 months. 

Federal housing officials have also announced a nationwide halt to foreclosures and evictions for borrowers of Fannie or Freddie mortgages, or those with  F.H.A. loans. You can use this site to find if Fannie or Freddie own your mortgage.

Maryland courts are blocked from ordering the eviction of tenants who cannot pay due to the coronavirus. 

The recently enacted federal recovery bill will impose a 6-month moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for homeowners and renters living in federally subsidized apartments and homes with federally backed mortgages. It also allocates $12 billion in funding for federal housing and rental assistance.

Help for Homeowners and Renters

A number of large telecommunication companies have agreed not to terminate residential or small business customers who can’t pay their bills: AT&T, Comcast, Cox, RCN, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. A full list is available at the Federal Communications Commission. Low-income households may be eligible to receive service for free. 

Assistance with Utilities 

  1. Franciscan Center: (410) 467-5340

  2. HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM): (410) 649-0529

  3. American Legion Department of State Headquarters: (410) 752-1405; (800) 433-3318

  4. New Shiloh Baptist Church: (410) 523-5306

  5. All Saints Church: (410) 542-0445

  6. Mount Moriah Baptist: (410) 945-3575

  7. New Creation Christian Church Love Outreach Ministry: (410) 488-5653

  8. Paul’s Place: (410) 625-0775

  9. Walbrook Vicinity Churches Assistance Ministry: (410) 383-1525

  10. Zion Baptist Church: (410) 837-4181

  11. St. Anthony of Padua: (410) 488-9918

  12. Mercy Supportive Housing Program: (410) 675-2125

  13. Salvation Army Family Service Center: (410) 783-2920

  14. City Temple Outreach: (410) 444-1595

  15. Bon Secours Community Works: (410) 362-3808

  16. Baltimore City District Court-Eviction Prevention Program: (410) 878-8650

  17. St. Vincent de Paul-The Samaritan Center: (667) 600-3700 ext 1

Places That MAY Offer Help

with Finances and Resources