By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Officials in Baltimore County say that there could be as many as 24,000 eviction filings in a single month once the courts get back up to speed following the coronavirus-related closures.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that county officials are setting aside assistance money to try to help renters.

Terry Hickey, Baltimore County’s Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, said that as many as 8,000 families are at risk of losing housing as people lose their jobs.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. has asked the council to approve an application for $3 million in federal relief funds for the county’s rental assistance program.

County spokesman Sean Naron said that the county is also redirecting $800,000 to future eviction prevention efforts. The county will also distribute $2 million to as many as 545 families through nonprofit partners beginning next month.

Naron said that the county is providing funding to families in “a phased approach” to make sure assistance is available in the fall as rent court hearings resume.

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