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Project Restore Applications OPEN to Maryland’s New or Expanding Businesses

Project Restore Applications now being accepted.

Applicants can apply beginning on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 until Friday, October 8, 2021at 5:00 PM. Please note: the application portal may closer sooner if grant requests exceed the funding available. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid an early application deadline.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering $25 million to provide financial support to Maryland’s new or expanding businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties.

Project Restore is providing two grant opportunities for businesses planning on opening or expanding into previously vacant spaces:

Rental Assistance Grant: The maximum grant request amount is $30,000 for rent for one year (rental payment up to $2,500 per month) for qualified small business with 50 or fewer employees (full time equivalents). Applicant’s monthly rent can exceed $2,500, but the maximum that will be paid by the Rental Assistance Grant will be $2,500 per month for one year.

Business Operations Grant: The maximum grant award amount is $250,000 for one or two years for businesses that generate sales and use tax. Grant funds can be used for activities and costs related to sustaining and growing the business such as staff costs, capital improvements, marketing, inventory and supplies, utilities and the like and cannot be used for executive salaries or bonuses. Grant awards will be paid quarterly and will be based on sales and use tax generated by and submitted to the state in Calendar Year 2022.

Apply for a Project Restore grant.



LEGAL NOTICE: Notice of Public Hearing – Residential Rental Housing Projects

Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Issuance of Bonds or Other Obligations to Finance Residential Rental Housing Projects

Notice is hereby given that the Community Development Administration (the “Administration”), a unit of the Division of Development Finance of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, will conduct a public hearing from 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm, on Thursday September 16, 2021.

DUE TO THE COVID 19 EMERGENCY, THIS PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE CONDUCTED SOLELY VIA TELECONFERENCE. PARTIES INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PUBLIC HEARING SHOULD CALL (toll free) 1-800-201-5203 PIN: 891244 DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING TIME.

For more information, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Documents/TEFRA/2021/Notice-09-07.pdf.



Governor Hogan Celebrates Project C.O.R.E. Milestone with Demolition of Perkins Homes

Governor Hogan Celebrates Project C.O.R.E. Milestone with Demolition of Perkins Homes

More Than 5,000 Units of Blight Eliminated In Baltimore City
Launches First Phase of Redevelopment Plan for Historic Perkins-Somerset-Oldtown Neighborhood

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 30, 2021) — Governor Larry Hogan today marked the milestone of 5,000 units of blight eliminated through Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) with the demolition of the last building of Perkins Homes in Baltimore City. Project C.O.R.E.—a city-state partnership—was launched in 2016 to remove vacant or blighted properties and encourage revitalization.

To date, Project C.O.R.E. has awarded nearly $119 million in state funding for blight removal and redevelopment in Baltimore City through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Stadium Authority. Over $2 billion in public and private sector investment has been leveraged for community redevelopment projects.

“Today’s demolition is the latest effort in our transformative Project C.O.R.E. initiative, which has now eliminated more than 5,000 blighted units from Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “The State of Maryland has committed nearly $230 million for this important redevelopment effort, and Project C.O.R.E. has enabled us to leverage over $2 billion in public and private sector investment in Baltimore City community redevelopment projects. These investments are about taking our communities back and renewing hope and opportunities, and that’s exactly what we are doing here today.”

12Watch the announcement.

One of two aging U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing complexes managed by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Perkins Homes and the nearby Somerset Homes are being demolished in the first phase of a comprehensive transformation plan for the neighborhood to make way for a new, mixed-income apartment community. The State of Maryland has committed nearly $230 million for the redevelopment of Perkins Homes and Somerset Homes through Project C.O.R.E., rental financing programs, and estimated federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity.

When all phases of the housing redevelopment are complete, the project will create nearly 1,350 new, high quality, energy-efficient rental units. Approximately two-thirds of the available units, including all of the units from Perkins Homes and Somerset Homes, will be reserved as affordable housing. The remaining units will be available at market rate with the goal of creating a vibrant, mixed-income community.

The revitalization of the Perkins-Somerset-Oldtown community is also supported by a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant from HUD, managed by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. In addition to affordable housing development, the Perkins-Somerset-Oldtown transformation plan includes: a new school; parks and recreation space; infrastructure improvement; shared community space, and crime reduction and safety initiatives.

For more information about Project C.O.R.E. and the State of Maryland’s rental housing programs, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sara Luell, Director of Public Information
sara.luell@maryland.gov

Emily Allen Lucht, Director of Communications
emily.lucht@maryland.gov



Governor Hogan Announces Additional Opportunity Zone Investment to Support Maryland’s Continued Economic Recovery

Governor Hogan Announces Additional Opportunity Zone Investment to Support Maryland’s
Continued Economic Recovery
Seven Manufacturing and Retail Businesses Receive Funding to Expand

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 27, 2021) — Governor Larry Hogan today announced that seven manufacturing and retail businesses will receive $500,000 to expand and grow in Maryland Opportunity Zones, which are designated communities that are eligible for federal capital gains tax incentives.

“Our state has been working hard to supercharge investment and make Maryland’s 149 Opportunity Zones the most competitive ones in America,” said Governor Hogan. “Maryland Opportunity Zone funds have already received more than $333 million of equity investments, and we continue to see expansion of businesses, new jobs, and much-needed affordable housing in these areas.”

Today’s announcement is the second round of awards made through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program. The first round of grants was awarded in January 2021. 

Tenth Ward Distillery, a woman-owned operation located in Frederick, received an award and was able to expand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many distilleries across the country, Pearce’s business chose to pivot from spirits and canned cocktails production to simple surface disinfectants, many of which were donated to front line workers and businesses within the community.

“The grant is the only way we were able to afford to move during the COVID-19 pandemic since we suffered major financial losses,” said founder Monica Pearce. “We can’t thank the state enough for this opportunity. I can personally attest that it’s provided a boost both for Tenth Ward and hopefully the local economy as well.”

Distillery staffers recently welcomed Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford for a tour of the newly expanded space they purchased with their grant funding. With the award, the Tenth Ward Distillery was able to cover the cost to build out the new space, relocate, connect and install the equipment, and add three new employees.

“I was very impressed to see and hear how these microgrants were able to make a profound impact for this business, which gave back to the local community during the pandemic,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “The award kept their doors open, and it allowed them to expand during a very uncertain time.”

Awardees for the second round of microgrants, subject to local jurisdiction approval, are:

Jurisdiction

Awardee

Amount

Allegany

Aeon Technologies

$80,400.00

Baltimore City

Zest Tea, LLC

$100,000.00

Charles

Discovery Lane, LLC

$70,000.00

Kent

Twigs and Teacups Chestertown LLC

$100,000.00

Washington

Crist Instrument Co Inc.

$50,000.00

Wicomico

Mason-Dixon Machining, Inc.

$50,000.00

Wicomico

Quality Staffing Services, Inc.

$49,600.00

For more information on Opportunity Zones in Maryland, visit dhcd.maryland.gov/OpportunityZones. For more information on the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, visit dhcd.maryland.gov/Business.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sara Luell, Director of Public Information
sara.luell@maryland.gov

Emily Allen Lucht, Director of Communications
emily.lucht@maryland.gov



LEGAL NOTICE: DRAFT 2020 Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and Amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan

Notice is hereby given that the State of Maryland has opened a 30 day public comment period on the Draft 2020 Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). In addition notification is also give of an amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan.

The Consolidated Plan is a planning document required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is prepared by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). It covers a five year period and is designed to coordinate Federal, and to a lesser extent State, resources to provide decent housing, economic opportunities, and an acceptable living environment for Maryland’s citizens. The Plan is updated every year during the five year period through an Annual Action Plan, and includes a series of one year goals toward meeting the overall five year goals of the Plan.

Maryland’s Consolidated Plan covers the State’s non-entitlement jurisdictions. Entitlement jurisdictions – those that receive funding directly from HUD, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, and Salisbury – prepare their own Consolidated Plans and are not covered by the State plan.

As part of the Consolidated Planning process, the State submits a CAPER to HUD which describes the progress the State has made in carrying out the one-year goals contained in the five year Plan. DHCD has completed the first year of the five year Plan that ended June 30, 2020, and the draft CAPER details the progress DHCD made toward it housing and community development goals in the last year.

DHCD is interested in public input and comment on the draft CAPER. We will take written comments (via email) on the report through COB Monday, September 27, 2021 at the address listed below. In addition, we will hold one virtual public meetings on the CAPER this real-time virtual public hearings will take place on:

Friday, September 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

Join by phone: 1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪174 384 717 3264‬#

The State will make every effort to accommodate those with disabilities by providing the meetings in both audio and visual format. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the virtual hearing they plan to attend. If you wish to attend the hearing in video format please email the address listed below for a link. Any questions or comments should also be directed to the address or e-mail listed below:

The draft Performance Report is available on-line on DHCD’s website at https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/ConsolidatedPlan.aspx.

Additionally, the State of Maryland will be amending its Citizen Participation Plan in reference to the CAPER. The State will amend its Citizen Participation Plan to align with federal guideline reducing the public comment period for the CAPER from 30 days to 15 days and removing the one hearing requirement. The comment period for the above-mentioned amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan will coincide with the 2020 CAPER beginning Friday, August 27, 2021 and closing Monday, September 27, 2021.

Ja’Nai C. Streat
Senior Housing Policy Analyst
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1 (800) 735-2258
janai.streat@maryland.gov



Governor Hogan Announces $400 Million Initiative to Ensure Universal Broadband For Maryland

Governor Hogan Announces $400 Million Initiative to Ensure Universal Broadband For Maryland

Connect Maryland Commits Additional $100 Million to
Fully Address Digital Divide

New Broadband Benefit Subsidy Program to Reduce Cost
for Low and Moderate Income Households

Establishes Maryland Broadband Advisory Workgroup
of Key Stakeholders

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 20, 2021) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of Connect Maryland, a transformative new initiative to supercharge the State of Maryland’s broadband investment with a total new investment of $400 million to fully address the digital divide. The governor made the announcement in Snow Hill, where he was joined by Senate President Bill Ferguson, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, and other local elected officials.

“The State of Maryland has set an ambitious goal of ensuring universal broadband to everyone in every single corner of the state by no later than 2025, and Connect Maryland is the game-changing initiative that is going to get us there,” said Governor Hogan. “This is just one more shining example that we aren’t just committed to fully recovering from the pandemic, but we are committed to coming back even stronger and better than ever before.”

Connect Maryland includes:

$400 Million In Broadband Funding. Connect Maryland includes the investment of an additional $100 million to expand broadband access across the state. This is in addition to the $300 million investment that was announced in March as part of a bipartisan budget agreement to allocate federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Maryland Broadband Advisory Workgroup. To ensure that funding is invested in local communities swiftly, Governor Hogan announced the creation of a bipartisan Maryland Broadband Advisory Workgroup, which will bring together key stakeholders from across the state. This panel will include representatives from the counties and municipalities, as well as members of the General Assembly, to advise the state on the best ways to utilize this new investment in broadband infrastructure.

Maryland Emergency Broadband Benefit Subsidy Program. To make broadband more affordable for low- and moderate-income households, the governor also announced the launch of a new Maryland Emergency Broadband Benefit Subsidy Program. To receive assistance, a household must already be approved for service under the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. 

The federal program provides a discount on internet service of up to $50 per month; when combined with state assistance, households can receive a discount of $65 per month for up to 12 months.

A household is eligible for the program if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;

Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;

Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or

Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating Internet Service Provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

For more information about the Maryland Emergency Broadband Benefit Subsidy Program, the Office of Statewide Broadband, and its initiatives, visit dhcd.maryland.gov/Broadband.



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Launch of Emergency Rental Assistance Data Dashboard

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Launch of Emergency Rental Assistance Data Dashboard

More Than $90 Million in Payments For Tenants and Landlords Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic

Distribution In July More Than April, May, and June Combined

Programs Open and Available in All Maryland Jurisdictions

New Carrollton, Md. (August 17, 2021)—The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced the launch of the Emergency Rental Assistance Data Dashboard to track the progress local jurisdictions are making in distributing relief funds for tenants and landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The dashboard focuses on the first round of funding through the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which launched statewide in Maryland in mid-May 2021. Statewide, more than $58 million has been provided through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to nearly 10,000 renters, and an additional $34 million in payments are in process as of July 31, 2021.

The distribution of assistance has rapidly accelerated—statewide, assistance distributed in July was more than April, May, and June combined. Some counties—including Cecil, Wicomico, Carroll and Prince George’s—have utilized close to 50 percent of their allocated resources to help tenants and landlords.

Viewers of the dashboard can select information on specific county programs, see demographic information and get data on department marketing and outreach efforts. To access the information, visit rentrelief.maryland.gov and click on “Data Dashboard.” The dashboard will be updated on a monthly basis to show progress.

In 2020, prior to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, more than $113 million in state, local and federal funds were allocated to rental assistance statewide to assist approximately 30,000 renters. Maryland will also receive an additional $352 million through a second phase of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and plans for distribution are under development.

How to Apply: Tenants and landlords should visit rentrelief.maryland.gov or call 877-546-5595 to get connected to rental assistance programs. All jurisdictions in Maryland are currently accepting applications. In addition to local programs, tenants in eligible properties may qualify for DHCD’s Assisted Housing Relief Program, which serves rental units in multifamily projects financed by the department’s Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources. Tenants in those properties should contact their property management company for application information.



Project Restore Accepting Applications in Early September

Project Restore Accepting Applications in Early September

Project Restore will provide $25 million to fill vacant retail and commercial buildings and support business investment, job creation, and economic growth in Maryland’s communities. Businesses opening or expanding into vacant retail and commercial properties may be eligible for Project Restore grants from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Project Restore grants can help new and growing businesses with rent payments and operating costs in their first year.

Please visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/projectrestore for more details. The “Notice of Funding Availability” is now online. The department will post a sample application in the coming weeks, and the application portal is projected to open the week of September 7th-10th. Please continue to check the website for updates.

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Governor Hogan Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Broadband Infrastructure

Governor Hogan Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Broadband Infrastructure

Grant Funding Will Expand Service to More Than 12,000 Households In 18 Counties

New Carrolton MD – (July 20, 2021) Governor Larry Hogan today announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved or underserved communities in Maryland.

“These awards continue our ongoing efforts to make broadband access available and affordable for all Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased focus on ensuring internet connectivity and building infrastructure that helps bridge the current digital divide.”

These awards are the first administered by the OSB. Formerly the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband, the OSB was established within the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development earlier this year when Governor Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 66 from the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The legislation also established the Digital Inclusion Fund and the Digital Connectivity Fund as new programs to provide grants to local governments and nonprofits. The grants will support initiatives to increase access to high-speed internet and to assist in the development of affordable broadband internet infrastructure with the stated goal of 98% universal broadband access by the end of 2025.

“Lack of access to broadband must be addressed, regardless of the reason,” said Kenrick Gordon, director of the OSB. “The Office of Statewide Broadband will partner with local governments and internet service providers to ensure connectivity in communities that lack access and, in areas with existing service, increase affordability for low-income residents ”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Maryland has administered more than $56 million in federal and state funding to support broadband access. As a response to the pandemic, the OSB provided grants to local school districts to provide connectivity to unserved students, funded additional WiFi access points for libraries to allow the community to connect, and provided $2 million in Recovery Now funding for projects in Dorchester, Harford, and Wicomico counties that were constructed in only four months.

For a full list of awardees, visit FY21 Broadband Awards List. For more information about the OSB and its initiatives, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Broadband.



LEGAL NOTICE: Updating Maryland’s Annual Plan

LEGAL NOTICE

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 (the Department) 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). For the 2021 Annual Action Plan, the State will receive $7.9 million in CDBG funds, $6.4 million in HOME funds, $1.1 million in ESG funds, $9.9 million in HTF funds, and a total of $2.2 million in HOPWA funds for the State’s Rural Program and HOPWA funds on behalf of Montgomery and Frederick Counties. 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. 

In addition to the above, it should also be noted that the Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for the Department, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies, and others to apply for funding under HUD’s competitive grant programs. Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State’s Consolidated Plan. USDA Farmer’s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan. 

In developing its five-year Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources on four main priorities: Revitalizing Communities, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, Providing Homeownership Opportunities and Reducing Homelessness. The Annual Plan update (which will be for the fifth year of the current Five Year Plan) will establish one-year goals for these priorities.  

The Department has written a draft Annual Plan and has opened a 30 day public comment period beginning Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Written comments (by email) will also be accepted at the hearings or may be submitted in writing through COB Saturday, August 14, 2021 (at the address listed below). The final version of the Annual Plan will be submitted to HUD on or around August 15, 2021.

The draft Annual Plan is available online on DHCD’s website at: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/.  It can be found under the “Publications” heading at the bottom of the website or here at: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/ConsolidatedPlan.aspx.

Free copies of the draft Annual Plan are also available by calling, writing, or emailing the address and phone numbers below.

The State will participate in the hearings by video and telephone conference, with no physical meeting location. If you wish to participate in the public hearing via video, please email janai.streat@maryland.gov to receive a link. These real-time virtual public hearings will take place on:

Monday, July 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Join by phone: 617-675-4444‬ – PIN: ‪314 804 518 2092‬#

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Join by phone: 617-675-4444‬ – PIN: ‪545 061 479 2166‬#

The State will make every effort to accommodate those with disabilities by providing the meetings in both audio and visual format. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the virtual hearing they plan to attend. Any questions or comments should be directed to the address or email listed below:

Mrs. Ja’Nai Streat
Senior Housing Policy Analyst
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706
janai.streat@maryland.gov
Phone: (301) 429-7445 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at (800) 735-2258







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