MARYLAND COURTS PLAN TO REOPEN
In Compliance with the CARES Act, landlords in Maryland cannot file failure to pay rent cases until after July 25, 2020. This moratorium applies to public housing, federally subsidized (Section 8) housing, and residential property that is subject to a federally backed mortgage. Additionally, landlords or agents of these properties cannot evict tenants without a 30-day notice after the moratorium is lifted. This means that a tenant may not be evicted before August 25.
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On May 22, Chief Judge Barbera issued four administrative orders regarding the gradual reopening of the courts. The Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciaryoutlines how courts across
the state will gradually return to full operations through a 5-phase approach.
This order also encourages the courts to continue to use technology
for remote proceedings either through video or telephonic purposes.
UTILITY SHUT OFFS EXTENDED
On Friday, Governor Hogan extended his order prohibiting utility
companies from shutting off services for residents or charging them late fees through July 1. The orderstops electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV
and internet service providers from shutting off services at residences
or charging households a late fee for lack of payment.
FINAL CRA RULE ANALYSIS
On May 20, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
released a final rule modernizing the agency’s regulations under the
Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The final rule is intended to
increase bank CRA-related lending, investment, and services in low- and
moderate-income communities where there is significant need for
credit, more responsible lending, and greater access to banking services.
A new list of qualifying activities was released.
NCRC Analysis of Final Rule by Josh Silver.
The OCC’s final rule would decrease banks’ public accountability.
The core of the final rule is a significantly weaker CRA with
limited accountability and confusing test components.
How housing assistance programs benefit all of us
Essential workers with no safety net.
The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the inequalities in our
communities as never before. Low wage workers, and those who
are housing insecure are bearing the brunt of the danger.
Read this article about the essential workers
making a difference in all of our lives.
MD extends health insurance special enrollment
period until June 15
As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a
new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.
Has everyone you know in Maryland filled out the census form?
Don’t get tired. Don’t lose hope. Get counted. Please encourage your
community to fill out the census across the state.