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COVID Resources

Over the course of this pandemic, I have worked to ensure that Marylanders can make it through this pandemic healthy and with economic security. I helped lead the effort to enact the American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March 2021. This comprehensive law secured robust investments in Maryland communities to boost vaccine accessibility, deliver direct checks into the pockets of families, and help get our economy back on track. With the American Rescue Plan, we started to turn the page on this pandemic. Resources from the American Rescue Plan are still providing relief for families in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District. Below you will find important resources to help you and your family get through this pandemic and learn more about how the American Rescue Plan can help you:

COVID-19 Resources for Fifth District Families

For general information about the coronavirus in Maryland, please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The American Rescue Plan provided significant funding to increase vaccine production and distribution. Every single adult and children ages 5-11 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. I encourage all eligible Marylanders to get a COVID-19 vaccine today. Click here to find a vaccination clinic near you.

General Resources for Individuals and Families

Child Tax Credit

Congressman Hoyer worked with his House Democratic colleagues to secure a historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit. In July of 2021, the first installment of the American Rescue Plan’s automatic direct payments of the expanded Child Tax Credit was sent to nearly all Maryland families. In 2021, eligible families received $300 per child under age six and $250 per child from ages six to seventeen. The enhanced Child Tax Credit will provide eligible families with a total of $3,600 for each child under six and $3,000 total for each child between ages six and seventeen. This life-saving relief helped cut child poverty in half around the country and helped struggling families provide day-to-day needs for their households. This relief has helped thousands of Marylanders get by, and Congressman Hoyer is working to build on this assistance by passing the Build Back Better Act in Congress, which will extend the Child Tax Credit for hardworking Maryland families.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission has launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). This program will work to address the worsening digital divide in our communities that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will help eligible families in the Fifth District pay their monthly broadband bills.

Through this program, eligible Marylanders can receive:

  • A discount of up to $50 per month on their internet bill; and
  • A one-time discount of $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

Click here to see if you qualify for this program. Assistance is available until funds run out.

Strengthening Access to Affordable, Quality Health Care

The American Rescue Plan increases eligibility for premium subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Click here to learn more about the open enrollment period and shop for the best plan for you and your family.

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.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have resources available for consumers in need of assistance. Click here for Fannie Mae and click here for Freddie Mac.

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.

Utility Assistance

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.

Funeral Assistance

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.

Veterans

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.

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.

Seniors

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.