UPDATING MARYLAND’S ANNUAL PLAN
Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State’s Consolidated Plan.
The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and moderate-income persons. In addition to being a planning document, the Consolidated Plan also serves as the State’s application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunity With AIDS (HOPWA) and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF). These funds are used primarily in the State’s rural areas, as many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury receive their own funding directly from HUD.
Neighborhood BusinessWorks Loan Transforms Vacant Building into Coffee Bar in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Neighborhood
BALTIMORE – A cool new coffee bar, Kool Beanz, has opened in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon community, a block away from the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown campus. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development provided critical funding to transform the vacant three-story building into a viable mixed-use development, thanks to a $91,000 loan through the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program.
In addition to the retail space, the renovations added five studio apartments, a rooftop entertaining area, and a laundry facility. Each apartment features hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, central air, an intercom system and free cable/internet.
Neighborhood BusinessWorks loans provide flexible gap financing to small businesses locating or expanding in locally designated neighborhood revitalization areas throughout the state.
“Our small business lending programs play a critically important role in strengthening our economy, strengthening our communities and creating jobs that help strengthen Maryland families,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. Read more…
ANNAPOLIS – Homeownership loans through the Maryland Mortgage Program more than doubled in 2015 with the overall value of loans totaling more than $638 million, the Hogan administration announced today.
The dramatic increase in sales marked one of the program’s most productive years in nearly a decade and is seen as a sign of the state’s steadily strengthening housing market. Sales also were boosted by several successful initiatives that opened new homeownership opportunities to hardworking families throughout Maryland.
“We are committed to increasing jobs, improving the state’s fiscal outlook and putting more dollars back in taxpayers’ pockets,” Governor Hogan said. “A healthy housing market is the key to a healthy economy. Through the Maryland Mortgage Program, more families are able to put down roots in our state and create long-lasting financial stability.” Read more…
Governor Hogan, Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partner Address Blight in Baltimore City, Announce State Project
Project C.O.R.E. to Provide $94 Million to Demolish Thousands of Vacant Buildings; State to Offer $600 Million in Reinvestment Funds
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today announced a multi-year, multi-hundred-million dollar initiative to address blight in Baltimore, declaring that the joint city-state partnership will bring significant resources to demolish thousands of vacant buildings and replace them with green space and a stronger foundation for redevelopment and reinvestment in the city.
The governor and the mayor kicked off Project C.O.R.E, or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise, in west Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, where the entire 1000 block of N. Stricker Street is slated for demolition.
“Fixing what is broken in Baltimore requires that we address the sea of abandoned, dilapidated buildings infecting entire neighborhoods,” said Governor Hogan. “Together, we will transform these neighborhoods from centers for crime and drugs, to places our city, and our entire state, can be proud of. Working with the private sector to invest in projects like affordable housing, retail and other new businesses will help ensure that Baltimore becomes a better place to live, work, and retire.” Read more…
Hogan Administration to Invest More than $11 Million to Help Revitalize Downtowns, Strengthen Communities
New Carrollton, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the award of more than $11 million to local jurisdictions through three of the state’s most effective job creation and neighborhood revitalization programs – Community Legacy, the Strategic Demolition fund and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative.
“My administration is committed to revitalizing Maryland’s older communities,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “These grants will help local communities make necessary improvements while paving the way for additional public and private investments in their neighborhoods and along their streets.”
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt added, “The Hogan administration is committed to providing restoration and operational capital to those older communities across Maryland whose infrastructure requires immediate attention and repair. We will rely on community leaders and organizations to indicate their most pressing needs and we will respond with quick and effective support.”
The Community Legacy program provides local governments and community development organizations with resources for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization. Fifty-five projects in 19 counties and Baltimore City received a total of $6 million in Community Legacy grants in fiscal year 2016.
The Strategic Demolition fund is aimed at providing a catalyst to projects that accelerate economic development and job production in Maryland’s sustainable communities. Funding provides assistance for critical pre-development activities such as demolition and land assembly in order to attract needed public and private investment to revitalization projects. The administration is awarding $2.075 million to nine projects.
The Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at bringing back the vitality and increasing the ability of older neighborhoods to attract new homeowners and businesses. The awards will advance the comprehensive revitalization plans and strategic partnerships put in place by local neighborhood leaders and stakeholders. The awards of over $3 million for fiscal year 2016 will leverage an estimated $49 million in public, private and philanthropic investments.
Director Kevin Baynes Honored for His Civic Commitment and Contributions to Strengthen Growth and Revitalization in Baltimore City
BALTIMORE – Kevin Baynes, director of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Program, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Frances Morton Froelicher Civic Statemanship Award, presented by the Citizens Planning & Housing Association.
The award honors an individual who exemplifies leadership, and demonstrates outstanding achievement and commitment in improving the quality of life for all Baltimoreans, particularly in the areas of community development, affordable housing, improved public education and greater racial harmony. The award is named in recognition of Frances Morton Froelicher, who served as the association’s first executive director for more than 25 years.
As director for community legacy, Baynes has leveraged a range of revitalization programs supporting millions of dollars in public and private investment in Baltimore. The Community Legacy program supports local governments and community development organizations to fund essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization. Since 2008, programs such as Community Legacy, Community Investment Tax Credits and Community Development Block Grants have invested more than $117 million in Maryland’s communities, with the largest impact in Baltimore City.
Baynes’ extensive experience, spanning nearly 30 years, includes serving as a senior housing inspector for the City of Baltimore and economic development specialist for the COIL Community Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a member of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, where he coordinated training programs and workshops for affordable housing developers. Read more…
New Carrollton, MD – Low-income households across the state will receive assistance with installation of energy conservation materials in their homes at no charge through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency program. The EmPOWER program will reduce a household’s energy use, lower monthly utility bills and improve the overall health and quality of life for Maryland’s working families.
The Board of Public Works earlier this month approved ten of EmPOWER’s new network partner contracts, totaling $18.3 million. With the program’s renewal, the department can continue to provide weatherization and energy retrofit improvements to low-income families until 2017.
“Updating homes to be more energy efficient saves hard-working families money,” department Secretary Kenneth C. Holt said. “We are grateful for the support of Governor Hogan, Comptroller Franchot and Treasurer Kopp for the great work the department does to help families save money through these energy efficient upgrades.” Read more…
Housing Supports Model Home That Demonstrates How to Bring Energy Efficient Technologies to Older Neighborhoods
The Fairmount Heights house shows how homeowners can save 90 percent on heating and cooling costs
Fairmount Heights, MD – A three bedroom home in this Prince George’s County neighborhood is the latest word in energy efficiency.
Using funds from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Program, the so-called “passive house” was built as a prototype to create more affordable and energy-efficient houses for low-income homeowners in the community.
“It is gratifying to see how our Community Legacy program is working to stimulate sustainable neighborhoods with such rich history and cultural dynamics, like Fairmount Heights,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “The construction of the passive house brings energy-efficiency technologies to low-income households and helps with the overall reduction of their housing and utility costs.” Read more…
Deadline is Tomorrow for Hogan Administration’s $650,000 Storefront Improvement Grant Program in Baltimore City
BALTIMORE – The application deadline is tomorrow for the Hogan administration’s Maryland Business Recovery Storefront Improvement Grant Program. The deadline to submit applications is on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The Hogan administration last month announced the program to help small businesses and other property owners in Baltimore’s commercial districts brighten up and improve their exteriors.
Through the Maryland Business Recovery Storefront Improvement Grant Program, business and property owners can receive financial assistance to improve and beautify their storefronts. The program provides up to $10,000 per storefront, to improve building and storefront exteriors so that the visual appeal and marketability of individual buildings and commercial districts affected by the civil unrest will be enhanced.
Nonprofit organizations in Baltimore City to receive $897,000 as city and state prepare for Maryland Gives More on Tuesday
ANNAPOLIS – Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced that 15 Maryland jurisdictions will receive $1.75 million in tax credits – a total of 62 awards – in fiscal year 2016 through the department’s Community Investment Tax Credit Program. The tax credits provide non-profit organizations with tax incentives for individuals and businesses who donate money, goods or real property to support operational and programmatic costs associated with local community projects across the state.
“Supporting vital non-profit organizations helps keep our communities strong,” Governor Hogan said. “These awards are an important tool to change Maryland for the better by helping these organizations raise capital to support their operations or capital needs.”
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt added, “The Community Investment Tax Credits help to bolster these organizations that are doing significant good on behalf of Marylanders and our communities.” Read more…
- Maryland Mortgage Program Sales Increase by 120 Percent in 2015
- Governor Hogan, Mayor Rawlings-Blake Partner Address Blight in Baltimore City, Announce State Project
- Hogan Administration to Invest More than $11 Million to Help Revitalize Downtowns, Strengthen Communities
- Deadline is Tomorrow for Hogan Administration’s $650,000 Storefront Improvement Grant Program in Baltimore City
- Nonprofit organizations in Baltimore City to receive $897,000 as city and state prepare for Maryland Gives More on Tuesday
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