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Are you reading this from a homeless shelter?

High unemployment -- ever-longer stretches of it -- has thrust more Americans to the brink of homelessness. If this describes you, here's something you'll want to know:

Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development said Friday that it has a new rental assistance program for people "who have become homeless or are at 'imminent risk' of becoming homeless as a result of the severe downturn in the economy over the past two years."

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It received $22.4 million in federal stimulus funding for the effort.

A few details:

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To access the help, call 1-877-428-8844 and mention the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.


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