Attorney, Nonprofit Saving 20 Annapolis Families From Holiday Evacuations – CBS Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – In the days leading up to Christmas, 20 families in Annapolis faced eviction from their homes.

They are one of many Marylanders at risk of losing their homes due to economic hardship during this pandemic.

Over the past week, tenants at Robinwood Townhomes in Annapolis have all received unsolicited notices.

“I have a sticky note on my front door,” says tenant Akia Gray. She said her son yelled, “Mom, we got an eviction notice.”

It was the same notice that 19 other tenants received at the townhouse, including Gwendolyn Pindell.

They were all ordered to leave their homes for the next few days.

“Now, we’re out here in trouble, we’ve got nowhere to go,” Pindell said.

Gray, who lives with her two sons at Robinwood Townhomes, said she feels helpless.

“It’s scary not knowing what’s going on,” she said.

Pindell has lived in her home for seven years with her family. She said she didn’t know who to contact for help so she prayed to God for help, so “someone will reach out and help us.”

Attorney Kat Hyland and the Civil Justice Network answered her prayers.

“I volunteered that I was there, who couldn’t stand the idea of ​​people being kicked out of their homes for Christmas,” Hyland said.

Alexa Bertinelli and Carolyn Wetzel from the Civil Justice Network have also worked with tenants. The network has arranged over $150,000 in rental assistance throughout Annapolis.

“We reached out to each family and made sure they all received CARE Act funding applications,” Hyland said.

During the pandemic, millions of dollars from the CARES Act, passed in 2020, have been aided in rent relief in Maryland.

So when Hyland came before a judge this morning in district court, the judge dismissed all 20 cases.

“We have a house for Christmas,” says Pindell.

“This is my Christmas present,” Gray said.

If you are a tenant with eviction questions or need more information about rental assistance, visit this website to learn more about the Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Attorney, Nonprofit Saving 20 Annapolis Families From Holiday Evacuations – CBS Baltimore

Dais Johnston

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