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Springboard Community Services Provides COVID-19 Relief to Howard County Residents at Risk of Eviction

Springboard Community Services of Central Maryland, formerly known as Family and Children’s Services, is providing rental assistance to Howard County residents who were adversely impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay back-rent and delinquent utility bills.

“By assisting these families we ensure that they remain on a trajectory of stability and security, which only strengthens our entire community,” said F.T. Burden, CEO of Springboard.

To participate in the program, Howard County residents may email Springboard Community Services (SCS) at Howardevictionprevention@scsmd.org for information to begin the application process. Upon review and if eligible, the residents will be considered for the program.

The maximum assistance per household is up to 18 months of rent and utility expenses, depending on program eligibility and the availability of funding. Residents who previously received assistance are still eligible to apply for additional assistance. Funding for the program
comes from Community Development Block Grants and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which serves low to moderate-income Howard County residents who have been
financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Howard County’s proactive initiative to partner with Springboard (SCS) protects its residents from experiencing trauma as a result of eviction or canceled utilities,” F.T. Burden added.

Background: Since 1849, Springboard Community Services, formerly known as Family and Child Service, has provided families, children, and elders in Baltimore and the five surrounding counties the comprise Central Maryland, with social services focused on prevention intervention, counseling, and advocacy. Our clients – from expectant mothers to at-risk elderly – are living, breathing examples of the critical work that we do.

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.