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The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office June 2024




Join us at the Beltsville Community Festival June 9th!

The Beltsville Lions Foundation Inc., the Beltsville Community Center, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is hosting the first ever Beltsville Community Festival on Sunday, June 9th, from 3pm to 7pm at the Beltsville Community Center.

 Entertainment will be provided by Johnny Seaton and the Bad Behavior Band. The Beltsville Lions will offer free vision, hearing and eye pressure screenings. The Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department will sell food. The Police Explorer will sell drinks. Various food trucks will be present. Childrens Entertainment will also be provided.

We’ll be there with information about scholarships, rental assistance, maps, job opportunities, and community events. Look for the 21st District Delegation booth.

 

Attention senior citizens: Join me at the Beltsville Young at Heart Club June 20th 

Lots of music, fun and conversation is to be had at the Beltsville Young at Heart Club. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month starting at 11:00 AM at the Beltsville Community Center located at 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. For more information, call Lois at 301-498-9736.

 

College Park Farmer's Market Every Saturday 

Visit the Hollywood Shopping Plaza on Rhode Island Avenue near Mom’s Grocery to enjoy the College Park Farmers Market. The market is held every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Don’t forget your reusable bags! To learn about other Farmers Markets in the County, visit bit.ly/FarmersMarketsPGC

 

Rent Stabilization 

The Temporary Rent Stabilization Law has been extended to October 17, 2024. If you believe your renewed lease is in violation of the law, please report this matter to the Department of Permitting Inspections and Enforcement via PGC311.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The new Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) guidelines went into effect on May 1, 2024. The Department of Housing and Community Development will limit application acceptance by limiting access to the ERAP application portal to those tenant households with an active court-filed eviction rather than those with an eviction notice. Tenant households with active court-filed eviction cases and in possession of a court summons, court judgment, or warrant of restitution will still be able to apply for ERAP. Please go to the DHCD ERAP website to apply and submit a copy of your court summons, judgment, or warrant of restitution. For additional questions, tenant households should call the ERAP Call Center at (301) 883-6504, option 9. The ERAP Call Center customer service representative will instruct the tenant on the next steps. ERAP tenant households applying for ERAP assistance must read and listen to all instructions prior to completing the ERAP application. DHCD will screen applications received, and those without the required court-filed eviction documentation will not be reviewed.

 

Small Business Capital & Growth Stimulus Fund 

Whether you're planning to start a Prince George's County-based business, grow or expand your existing business, hire new employees, or retain the ones you have, the Small Business Capital & Growth Stimulus Fund is here to support you. Choosing the stimulus fund for our loan needs comes with 0% APR & 12-month deferment, up to $75,000 in loads, up to $10,000 in grants, and dedicated funds for tech start-ups and tech expansion. Visit bit.ly/3UFfGvd to apply or scan the QR codes in the accompanying flyer.

 

Office of Home Energy Program Grants

The Office of Home Energy Programs has increased the income guidelines for two of their four grants. If you need help with your home energy bill, you may consider applying for assistance through the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP). OHEP offers four different grants, and you apply for all four of these grants on one application at this link, https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/.

 

New help for first time home buyers

Prince George’s County’s First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program now offers up to $25,000 in downpayment and closing cost assistance. The program still provides zero percent deferred loans that are forgiven after 10 years. Call the Pathway to Purchase program at 301-883-5456 for more information.

 

Contact me

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 be of help to you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 410-841-3141.

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