Learn about Sources of Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Montgomery County Short-Term COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Applications Will be Accepted Monday, June 1 through 2:00 pm Friday, June 5 The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide partial rent support to some low-income County households experiencing lost income due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Approved households may receive a maximum of $500 per month for three months, paid to their landlord. Households must demonstrate the ability to maintain rent obligations using the rental assistance plus existing resources. An application for unemployment insurance is also required, if eligible.

The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) will accept applications and supporting documents from 10:00 am on Monday, June 1 until 2:00 pm, Friday, June 5. Applications will be reviewed using a random selection method from the final pool of applications received by the deadline.

A fact sheet and sample application form are available now in English and Spanish at www.hocmc.org/extra/878-covid-rental-assistance-program.html.

To guide residents in gathering information needed to apply, the website includes details about eligibility and required documents. After the application process opens on June 1, applicants are encouraged to submit their application online at www.hocmc.org/extra/878/-covid-rental-assistance-program.html.

Residents with questions or who need assistance with the COVID-19 Rental Assistance program may contact HOC by calling 240-627-9606 or 240-627-9680, or sending email to CDBG_RAP@hocmc.org. Specialists at the HOC Call Center can answer basic program questions at 240-627-9400 or via email. Send to help@hocmc.org.

Montgomery County Virtual Senior Town Hall hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Please register by June 2)

Senior Planet Montgomery is hosting a Virtual Senior Town Hall over Zoom, featuring County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Sidney Katz. Participants can join by phone or computer. Please register in advance for this meeting by Tuesday, June 2nd:

Participants can submit questions ahead of time within the registration form above.

Senior Connection Provides Grocery Shopping and Medical Rides  Senior Connection connects volunteers with residents who need help getting groceries. The volunteer picks up a list and money, completes the shopping (or goes to a food pantry), and then returns the groceries to the resident's door.  

Senior Connection provides transportation only to critical medical appointments during COVID 19. These may include trips for dialysis, radiation, chemotherapy, substance use disorder, or counseling. The volunteers will not enter into the resident's home or building, nor will they enter medical buildings. 

Call 301-962-0820 and leave a message to request transportation, grocery shopping assistance, pickups from Manna and other food pantries, prescription pickups, or other critical needs. Calls are returned as soon as possible.  

Information on Food Assistance Resources Available on County Webpage
For information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food pantries, Meals-on-Wheels providers and other services, call 311 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19-food.

Virtual Wellness Group for Older Adults
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

The ElderSAFE Center hosts this group. Its goal is to decrease social isolation and loneliness for older adults during this time of social distancing. Attendees can share how they have been, what they have been struggling with, and any concerns they have. Discussion topics include mental health, staying active, financial scams, and community updates. No registration or sign-up is necessary. Attendees dial into the group by phone or by computer.  Dial in: 301-715-8592, use meeting ID # 956 4095 8098.  By computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95640958098

For information about ElderSAFE, go to: https://www.smithlifecommunities.org/care-services/eldersafe-care/.

AARP Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Halls
Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Call-in to 855-274-9507

Find content and recordings of previous calls here: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/tele-town-hall-coronavirus.html

Virtual Rec Room
Montgomery County Recreation has launched virtual Rec Room.  Find activities you can do from home for all members of the family.  Activities will be added on a regular basis, so be sure to visit often.  Visit www.mocorec.com/recroom

Engage@HOME The YouTube Channel offered by Montgomery County MD's Caregiver Support program is called Engage@HOME.  New episodes are frequently uploaded to support wellness and provide trusted updates. Engage@HOME features: topical interviews, stories about quality resources, and opportunities to be stimulated by local, national and international programming all with a focus on maintaining resilience. Engage@HOME is free to view with no special software required.  Subscribe on the Engage@HOME channel and receive updates when new content is uploaded.