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Coronavirus Updates: CARES Act Funding, Online Aging & Independence Classes, Pop-Up Pantries, Know Your Rights Townhall

Coronavirus Updates: CARES Act Funding, Online Aging & Independence Classes, Pop-Up Pantries, Know Your Rights Townhall

June 1, 2020

Media Contact:
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

 

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County has received its share of the CARES Act funding, nearly $57 million ($56,830,393), from the State of Maryland. As a jurisdiction with a population under 500,000, Howard County was required to submit detailed applications documenting how grant funding is projected to be spent and execute a grant agreement with the State. Additionally, half of the County’s share of grant funding, $28,415,197, was granted to the Howard County Health Department, while the remaining half was transmitted directly to Howard County Government. Howard County Government has access to at least $9 million in funds granted to the Howard County Health Department to cover County health related expenses during the pandemic.

“Howard County was required to go through a more rigorous process to receive federal relief funding. Now that we have received this critical funding, we can focus on quickly distributing funds to those who need it the most,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “We plan to provide more than $5.7 million in business assistance funding to support our local businesses in response and recovery to COVID-19. I’d like to thank our Congressional Delegation for their work to ensure local governments were included in the CARES Act, so we can respond and support our community on a local level.”

Howard County has spent more than $9.3 million in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts to date and is anticipating a revenue loss of nearly $35 million. 

Ball also released a statement today regarding the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and subsequent protests around the nation throughout the week and over the weekend. Tomorrow, at 4:00 p.m., beginning at the Mall in Columbia and ending at the Columbia Lakefront, County Executive Ball will join Howard County residents in a peaceful march and rally for justice. 

 

Office on Aging & Independence (OAI)

OAI has released its new Virtual Program Offerings for June 1 - 12. All programs are offered via WebEx. A PDF of the current guide may also be viewed online on OAI's website. Additionally, the June issue of the Office on Aging and Independence's 50+ Connection is available online.  

 

Pop-Up Pantries

Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) Pop Up Pantries operate from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or until food runs out. Each family receives one bag of food provided by the Howard County Food Bank. 

June 3 / The Seasons Apartments 
9640 Barrel House Road
Laurel, MD  20723
 
June 5 / Chatham Gardens Apartments
3338 N. Chatham Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
 
June 10 / The Willows at Port Capital
7141 Beverly Drive
Elkridge, MD  21075
 
June 12 / Howard Crossing Apartment Homes
8732 Town & Country Blvd.
Ellicott City, MD  21043
 
June 17 / The Seasons Apartments 
9640 Barrel House Road
Laurel, MD  20723
 
June 19 / Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
10431 Twin Rivers Road
Columbia, MD  21044
 
June 24 / The Willows at Port Capital
7141 Beverly Drive
Elkridge, MD  21075
 
June 26 / Howard Crossing Apartment Homes
8732 Town & Country Blvd.
Ellicott City, MD  21043
 
July 1 / The Seasons Apartments 
9640 Barrel House Road
Laurel, MD  20723

 

Know Your Rights Townhall

The Johns Hopkins Health System is hosting a virtual Know Your Rights Townhall on Wednesday, June 3rd from 5-6 p.m. in English and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Spanish. Participants will hear about:
-    Wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney – what’s the difference and what do you need?
-    Eviction/foreclosure protections and payment plans – what are my rights?
-    Medicaid or uninsured – what are my options?

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Andriod device:
Please click here to join: https://jh.zoom.us/w/98205859682
Password: 639-629
Or call 1-301-715-8592

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