EXPLAINER: How Maryland is distributing aid to help tenants

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While a federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, Maryland has extended a state moratorium through Aug. 15.

The moratorium provides a legal defense for tenants if they can show a substantial loss of income from COVID-19.

Maryland has been allocated about $719 million from federal stimulus funds for emergency rental assistance.

Of that, about $462 million was provided to the state government with the remaining $257 million allocated directly to local governments.

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