Governor Hogan Announces $70 Million In New Investments To Protect The Health, Safety, And Well-Being Of Marylanders.

Unemployment Insurance Measures: The Governor announced $15 million for the Department of Labor to provide additional staffing support for the Division of Unemployment Insurance. These resources will be devoted to expand call center staffing and adjudication staffing, to improve customer service management software, and to provide additional fraud detection measures. To date, the Department has administered nearly $8 billion in benefits to more than 640,000 Marylanders.

Additional Relief for Renters: The Governor announced an additional $10 million to the Department of Community and Housing Development for the next installment of relief for renters. The Assisted Housing Relief Program helps low-income tenants in state-funded properties who have been affected by COVID-19. To date, this program has provided more than 4,500 rental payments for Maryland families. New applications for November rent are being accepted now.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY INITIATIVE UPDATES

RESTAURANT RELIEF PROGRAM: The Department of Commerce is working with local jurisdictions to distribute $50 million in direct relief to restaurants across the state. Nearly half of the state’s jurisdictions have begun accepting applications. More information is available here.

LAYOFF AVERSION FUND:The Department of Labor has begun issuing new payments to small businesses for the second round of its Layoff Aversion Fund. Applicants have been awarded a total of over $5.7 million, saving another 3,100 jobs—for a total of more than 12,000 jobs saved through this program to date.

SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT FUND: The Department of Commerce has been processing hundreds of applications daily for the third round of the state’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Fund. Those payments will be disbursed in the coming days.

MD COVID ALERT UPDATE: More than 460,000 Marylanders have already subscribed to MD COVID Alert since its launch on Tuesday morning. MD COVID Alert bolster’s the state’s contact tracing efforts by using exposure notifications technology to notify users who may have been exposed to an infected individual. Opt-in today to participate in protecting all Marylanders from COVID-19.

Watch yesterday’s press conference for complete details.

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