Wicomico County, through a grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, has been awarded $7,380,680 in funds to assist Wicomico County residents in need of emergency rental and utility assistance. SHORE UP! Inc. is one of three grant subrecipients, receiving $1,075,000 in grant funds. Here’s what you need to know for assistance.

We are now accepting applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). To see these instructions in a different language, choose the Select Language button at the bottom of this webpage. Applications are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. 

To be eligible for ERAP Assistance, a household must meet all four eligibility criteria:

Rent Status

Tenant obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling


Household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income as defined by HUD

Financial Hardship

1 or more individuals qualified for unemployment assistance


Experienced a reduction in household income incurred significant costs, or other financial hardship directly or indirectly, to the COVID19 outbreak

Housing Instability

Demonstrated risk of housing instability, which may include:

• A past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice

• Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, OR

• Any other evidence of such risk, as determined by DHCD

Income Qualifications

Recipients must be at or below 80% gross income for the number of people in your household.

Wicomico County
Persons in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
30% AMI 15,150 17,420 21,960 26,500 31,040 35,580 40,120 44,660
50% AMI 25,200 28,800 32,400 36,000 38,900 41,800 44,650 47,550
80% AMI 40,350 46,100 51,580 57,600 62,250 66,850 71,450 76,050


If you are a currently receiving assistance from SHORE UP!’s Head Start/Early Head Start program and the Office of Home Energy Programs, you meet the income qualifications for assistance. Those who receive Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Veterans Affairs assistance, Disability Pension and WIC are also income qualified. These individuals must also meet the other listed criteria. 

Download the application and save it to your computer to complete. Once you are ready to submit your completed form, send it to us here. Application information may also be dropped off at SHORE UP! Inc., 520 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, Md. 21801 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or mailed to the attention of Julie Peters.

ERAP Initial Application for Assistance (for first-time applicants)


ERAP Recertification form (for applicants who have previously received assistance



*NEW*   Apply Online


ERAP Required Documentation

ERAP Required Documentation