The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: August 2020
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
Tax Relief for Renters
If a renter is over age 60 and has less than $200,000 in assets, the renter is eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. Also, Prince George’s County gives an additional credit of 50% of the state credit, so the maximum credit in Prince George’s is $1,500. The renters must be living in a building where the owner is paying real estate taxes (i.e. not a government owned building). The deadline for filing is September 1, 2020. The application and instructions are on the Department of Assessments website or call 410.767.5915.
Visiting Assi Fabricators in Beltsville
One evening in July, I stopped by Assi Fabricators—granite, quartz, and solid surface—in Beltsville, where the night shift team was working on kitchen counter tops. They were keeping a safe distance from each other and working hard.
Virus Testing in Our Community!
For months, we've been fighting to expand virus testing to serve all of our constituents. Finally, the state, the county, and private providers are offering testing on demand. To see nearby testing facilities, go to the Prince George's County Health Department website and click on the test site locator.
Testing is important for each of our families and for our whole community. It's about our physical health and about our economic health. For our children to go back to school safely, and for all of us to go back to work sites safely, we need to make sure that we are not exposing ourselves or others to the virus.
State Aid for Eviction Prevention Assistance
Since the beginning of the pandemic, as many as 20% of households are behind on rental or utility payments. So, the state announced $30 million in funding for eviction prevention assistance. If you or someone you know is facing eviction because of the pandemic, we can help connect you with the right program.
Do You or Friends Need Help Getting Unemployment Benefits?
If you have still not gotten your unemployment insurance, please let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 301.858.3141. We will contact the right people in the Department of Labor and do everything we can to get your money ASAP.
Please let me know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if I can help you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 301.858.3141.