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Veterans Trust Fund

Maryland Veterans Trust Fund Notice:

Due to overwhelming demand and limited staff capacity, the Maryland Veterans Trust Fund is temporarily pausing new applications and disbursements. During this time, the Department of Veterans Affairs is making systemic process improvements to ensure the long-term sustainability and efficiency of this crucial resource. Unfortunately, during this pause, we will be unable to review pending applications or distribute funds from the Trust Fund. 

Our hope is that this temporary pause will lead to a Veterans Trust Fund that is more responsive to the needs of Maryland’s veterans over the long-term.

Updates on the status of the Trust Fund will be posted as needed to this webpage.

If you are a veteran in need of assistance, the following resources may be able to assist:

Housing Search, Eviction Prevention, Homeless Services, and Utility Assistance
Serving Together
Maryland 211 

If you have fallen behind on utility payments, please contact your local utility provider to see if they have a fund to assist customers.

Maryland Veterans Trust Fund Background
The Maryland Veterans Trust Fund is a 501c3 organization designed to assist with non-emergency, temporary financial challenges facing veterans or widows/widowers of veterans.  The fund’s design cannot support chronic, long term financial hardship.  It is mostly used to assist with rent/mortgage payments and utility bills.  The trust cannot assist with taxes, child support, speeding tickets, legal fees, payday and interpersonal loans, credit card debt, home repairs, food, appliances, and vehicle purchases.  Grant awards are provided directly to the landlord, mortgage company, utility company, etc.
The Trust Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees which is chaired by the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs.  The Trust Fund Grant Administrator completes a brief interview with each veteran/widow/widower before submitting applications for review.  A review committee convenes as applications are ready and, based on information supplied in the application, approves or denies requests for assistance. 
The Trust Fund receives donations from community partners and private individuals.  It also receives funding through Maryland based veteran service organization casino slot revenue.


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