Protecting the health and safety of families in the Fifth District remains my top priority. I was proud to help lead efforts in Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which brought $3.9 billion to Maryland to help defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and get our economy moving again. It has put vaccines in arms, money in pockets, and helped get our schools and businesses reopened.
If you are in need of assistance, please see the resources below or call my office at (301) 464-5710.
County-Specific Information for Fifth District Residents:
Each of the five counties in the Fifth District have compiled resources for individuals, families, and small businesses struggling during this time.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Prince George's County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Charles County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Anne Arundel County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for Calvert County residents.
- Click here for information about the coronavirus for St. Mary's County residents.
As of June 1, all Marylanders 12 years of age and older are now eligible to be vaccinated. If you or your family needs assistance getting a free COVID-19 vaccine, please call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829), visit COVIDVax.Maryland.gov, or text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish to get contact information for three sites nearest you with available COVID vaccines. For updated information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.
Child Tax Credits
As part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, starting on July 15, most families will automatically receive monthly direct payments of the Child Tax Credit. Each month, eligible families will receive $300 per child under six years of age, receiving a total of $3,600 per child, and $250 per child from ages six to 17, receiving a total of $3,000 per child. Single parents making up to $75,000 and filing their taxes as individuals, those filing as heads of household making up to $112,500, and married joint filers making up to $150,000 a year are eligible for these monthly automatic installment payments.
In most cases, no action is required by parents to receive these payments. Families that don’t usually file tax returns can now register for the Child Tax Credit by clicking here. If you would like to check your eligibility or need assistance receiving these payments, please click here.
The American Rescue Plan provided $1,400 payments to most Americans automatically, with additional $1,400 payments for children and adult dependents. If you want to check your eligibility or never received your payment, please click here.
Rental and Homeowner Assistance
Maryland received $401 million to provide emergency assistance to renters thanks to the American Rescue Plan. If you need assistance paying rent, please call 877-546-5595 or click here.
Maryland received $248 million to provide emergency assistance to homeowners. To find out if you qualify for a mortgage relief program, contact your mortgage lender or servicer directly. For more information click here. Please contact the Maryland HOPE hotline at 1-877-462-7555 if you need assistance understanding your options.
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) is committed to providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time as the situation evolves. Click here for the CFPB’s guide to mortgage relief during the pandemic.
For questions about Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages, please contact the National Servicing Center at 877-622-8525. For a list of HUD-approved housing counselors, click here or call 800-569-4287.
Because of the pandemic, more Maryland families depend every day on good internet connectivity. You may qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which provides a $50 discount on your internet bill or a one-time $100 discount for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Find out if you’re eligible by clicking here.
The American Rescue Plan provided $166 million to assist Marylanders in need with their utility bills. Call 1-800-332-6347 or click here to apply for assistance.
Health Care Assistance
The American Rescue Plan reduced out of pocket health care costs for many Marylanders. If you are already enrolled in a plan through the Maryland Health Connection or have recently experienced a qualifying life event, such as losing other coverage, getting married, moving, or having a baby, you may be eligible for this ARP assistance. To check your eligibility, call 1-855-642-8572 or click here.
Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period through August 15 for uninsured Marylanders to enroll in a health plan. Click here to learn more about the open enrollment period and shop for the best plan for you and your family.
If you’re on COBRA insurance, you may be eligible for Premium Assistance. Your plan administrator should provide you with a notice, and you will not be required to pay your premiums through September 30, 2021.
Too many Marylanders lost family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan provides financial assistance for pandemic-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To apply for this assistance, please call 844-684-6333 or click here.
Small Business Assistance
Small businesses can apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to receive up to $500,000. If your business received a COVID-19 EIDL prior to April 7, 2021, you could be eligible for an increased loan. Click here or call 1-800-659-2955 to learn more.
Information is available for veterans during the coronavirus pandemic through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here for additional information. Veterans with questions regarding their home loans should call the Department of Veteran Affairs loan program at 877-827-3702 or click here.
Families throughout our state have experienced significant rates of hunger and food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan invests $12 billion in a variety of food assistance programs by extending increased SNAP benefits through September and allowing states to continue the Pandemic EBT program to ensure no child goes hungry during this crisis. If you need assistance applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), click here. For information about the Pandemic EBT program, click here.
Student Loan Assistance
Borrowers with federal student loans may be eligible to temporarily stop making payments on their student loans. Click here to learn more.
COVID-19 testing remains available to all Marylanders with a valid form of identification (such as a driver’s license, passport, or Social Security card), and you do not need to exhibit symptoms to get tested. Most testing locations require an appointment and a referral from your health care provider. If you would like to get tested, I encourage you to contact your primary care provider and they will work with you to schedule a test. Testing is available at no cost to patients. Click here to find a COVID-19 testing location near you.
The Senior Call Check program is an important, free resource in Maryland to verify the well-being of those 65 years old and older in our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Call 1-866-50-CHECK or register online here.