Eviction Prevention

Eviction Prevention

What we Provide

We are here to help. If you live in Baltimore County and are facing eviction from your apartment, we may be able to assist you.

For 12 months we provide:

  • Rent subsidies
  • Group counseling
  • Financial literacy & budget education
  • Goal setting & life skills attainment training
  • Job search assistance

However, we ask for something in return. We want you to agree to work with us for 12 months and make lasting changes to transform your life. If you are ready to work hard to make a shift from living in fear of homelessness to celebrating stability, then read our qualification requirements.

Requirements

Part of our vision is to help create a community in which families are able to make a shift from just surviving to flourishing. However, at the present time our resources are limited and we are unable to assist everyone who needs our help. To be considered for assistance, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Live in Baltimore County
  • Have a current eviction notice
  • Have at least one dependent child living in your home
  • Have a source of income and fall below the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s moderate income level

If you need help and meet these criteria, please call 410-252-4465 x106 or contact Anna at anna@epiphanybaltimore.org.

Process

Our intake process is simple and straightforward. We form groups of new program participants throughout the year. If you meet our qualifying criteria, are ready to make the commitment to change your life, and contact one of our Program Coordinators, Kate McAllister and Jennie Fumarola. They will put your name on the waiting list. You will be contacted prior to a new group being formed.

What to bring to the initial interview
We want our initial interview with you to be productive. Therefore, we request that you please
come prepared with the following documents:

  • Your CURRENT eviction notice
  • A photo ID which includes your current address
  • Your lease
  • Income verification, such as pay stubs, child support statements or temporary cash assistance statements
  • Proof that at least one dependent child resides with you, such as an income tax statement or school records. Please also have your children’s social security numbers with you.

This meeting will simply be an opportunity to meet and for us to send you home with paperwork that will need to be completed by an assigned deadline. An interview will then be scheduled.

What to expect at the interview
The primary purpose of the interview is for our Program Coordinator and a Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer to review your documents with you. You will be asked a series of questions so they get to know you and better understand your personal circumstances. Within two to three weeks, your information will be presented to our Intake Committee. The Committee will review all potential participants’ information on the same day. You will then be notified by phone regarding whether or not you are accepted into our program.

If you have questions, please call 410-252-4456 x106 or contact Anna at anna@epiphanybaltimore.org.

Expectations

We expect our program participants to work hard at making permanent changes in their lives. This includes attending mandatory cohort evening meetings twice per month for 12 months.

What you need to know about the meetings

  • The meetings are a key part of our program.
  • Each participant is assigned a case manager from our staff. The case manager and participant meet at one of the meetings each month to work on goal setting, financial literacy skills and budgeting.
  • We offer group counseling at the other monthly meeting. Some previous topics included stress management and parenting skills.
  • The meetings are 90 minutes long.
  • Childcare is not provided at the meetings.
  • All meetings are held at locations in Timonium, Essex and Pikesville.


Our expectations of program participants

  • We expect 100% meeting attendance or prior contact with our Program Coordinators if there is a justifiable reason for being unable to attend.
  • We expect our participants to work hard at achieving their goals.
  • We expect our participants to communicate their concerns to us and their support team volunteer.