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2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $215,505

2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $215,505

The Maryland Environmental Trust has awarded 71 grants totaling $215,505 toward environmental education, community cleanup and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. Of those awards, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development funded 48 “Clean Up & Green Up Maryland” grants.

“Through a cooperative multi-agency partnership led by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Keep Maryland Beautiful program focuses on neighborhood beautification through increasing greening, citizen stewardship, community education, and litter removal,” explained Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “I’m gratified on behalf of the Hogan administration that we are able to support Keep Maryland Beautiful through substantial investment in the grants program, a partnership with Maryland Environmental Trust and Maryland Department of Transportation that is one of the most visible ways we are able to accomplish the overall Keep Maryland Beautiful mission.”

For more information about the 2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful grant awards, visit: https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2019/03/20/2019-keep-maryland-beautiful-grants-total-215505/

For more information about the Keep Maryland Beautiful program and how your community can participate, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/KMB

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Governor’s Photo Release: Governor Hogan Participates in Prince George’s County Opportunity Zone Roundtable

Governor’s Photo Release: Governor Hogan Participates in Prince George’s County Opportunity Zone Roundtable
Tours New Carrollton Redevelopment, Meets with Small Business Owners

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today hosted a roundtable discussion with small business owners, developers, and government officials on bringing small businesses to Maryland Opportunity Zones. Following the roundtable, he toured Urban Atlantic’s New Carrollton redevelopment project in Hyattsville, Md. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, who chairs the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force; Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks; Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz; Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt; Urban Atlantic Development Manager Alan Lederman; and additional state and local leaders and community members.

For more information, visit https://governor.maryland.gov/2019/03/19/photo-release-governor-hogan-participates-in-prince-georges-county-opportunity-zone-roundtable/

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Lt. Governor Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Host Eastern Shore Regional Summit

Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Host
Eastern Shore Regional Summit

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford and the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force today hosted an Eastern Shore Regional Summit at the Truitt Street Community Center in Salisbury. The task force, chaired by Lt. Governor Rutherford, was created through Executive Order 01.01.2019.01, signed by Governor Hogan in January. This was the first of several regional summits to be held across the state in the coming months, designed to allow for local stakeholders in Opportunity Zones to provide feedback and information to the task force about the unique needs and existing resources in their communities.

For more information, visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/2019/03/14/photo-release-lt-governor-boyd-k-rutherford-maryland-opportunity-zone-leadership-task-force-host-eastern-shore-regional-summit/



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Investment in North East Biotech Company

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces
Investment in North East Biotech Company

$500,000 Partnership to Help Spur Investment in Cecil County Opportunity Zone

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (March 7, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced a $500,000 Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan to Clene Nanomedicine, a Cecil County biopharmaceutical company developing technology solutions for drug development.

“Clene Nanomedicine is exactly the kind of innovative, forward-thinking business we are trying to attract to Maryland’s Opportunity Zones,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This loan will help spur outside investment in Cecil County, and ensure an environment of economic opportunity that will transform and revitalize our most challenged communities.”

Clene Nanomedicine has created a manufacturing platform for a pipeline of new drug candidates with application across a spectrum of diseases with unmet medical needs, including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The company’s 21,0000-square-foot manufacturing facility is located in North East, MD, and they anticipate increasing their workforce by more than 15 percent in 2019.

The department’s $500,000 investment in Clene, Inc., follows a series of initiatives and legislation announced by Governor Larry Hogan to further expand the thriving Maryland Opportunity Zone program, including the Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rutherford. A total of $56.5 million will be dedicated to business development and improved job training.

The first Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Regional Summit will be held on March 14, 2019, at 4:30 PM at the Truitt Street Community Center in Salisbury, located within a Wicomico County Opportunity Zone.

For more information, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/OpportunityZones.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Owen McEvoy, Director of the Office of Public Information, owen.mcevoy@maryland.gov, 443-679-7653
Sara Luell, Director of Communications, sara.luell@maryland.gov, 301-429-7803



The Hogan Administration Announces Expansion of Cold-Weather Sheltering for the Homeless in Charles County

The Hogan Administration Announces Expansion of Cold-Weather Sheltering for the Homeless in Charles County
Lifestyles of Maryland to provide sheltering services for up to 75 individuals

New Carrollton, Md. (February 26, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced a grant award of $242,924 to expand cold-weather sheltering for homeless individuals in Charles County. The grant will be administered through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Homelessness Solutions Program. This fiscal year, the program awarded $9.1 million in grants to support homeless shelters and services statewide.

First Lady Yumi Hogan visited a shelter in Charles County in fall of 2018 and has been an advocate for increased support for these facilities.

“When I visited southern Maryland and learned of the gap in resources available for the homeless, I knew we needed to provide any help we could,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “I am proud that our administration is working to address the needs of this especially vulnerable community.”

While each jurisdiction in Maryland has a cold-weather sheltering plan, Charles County’s capacity is insufficient for the growing demand. Charles County currently maintains 44 year-round shelter beds and access to approximately 50 cold weather beds – provided through a Warm Nights program hosted by local churches – for a total of 94 beds available from October through April. There are an estimated 125 people waiting for shelter in the county due to a lack of shelter space.  Lifestyles of Maryland, based in La Plata, will use the grant to open a facility to bring the unsheltered in from nearby encampments to receive emergency supportive services.

“Preventing homelessness is one of the Administration’s top priorities, and a personal priority for myself, the Governor, and the First Lady,” said Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “No one in Maryland should be forced to sleep outside during periods of extreme cold, and this funding will greatly help vulnerable homeless individuals and families find safe and warm shelter in Charles County.”

The expanded shelter services are expected to be available later this week. For those living in Charles or St. Mary’s counties that want more information, call Lifestyles of Maryland at 301-609-9900 ext. 204.

Through the Homelessness Solutions Program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development administers federal and state funding to the 16 local Continuums of Care to support homeless shelters and homeless services programs across the State of Maryland. The program funds cold weather shelters, year-round emergency shelters, Rapid Re-Housing, homeless outreach activities and case management for those in permanent supportive housing. In Fiscal Year 2019, the program is expected to serve approximately 15,000 Marylanders. The Governor’s proposed FY2020 budget increases investment in the program by an additional $1 million.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Luell, Director of Communications, sara.luell@maryland.gov, 301-429-7803



Lt. Governor Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Chairs First Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Meeting

Lt. Governor Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Chairs First
Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Meeting

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired the first meeting of the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force at the State House in Annapolis on Friday, February 22, 2019. The task force, led by Lt. Governor Rutherford, was created through Executive Order 01.01.2019.01, signed by Governor Hogan in January.

For more information, visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/2019/02/22/photo-release-lt-governor-boyd-k-rutherford-chairs-first-maryland-opportunity-zone-leadership-task-force-meeting/



Maryland Mortgage Program Announces New Products and Honors Top Performers

Maryland Mortgage Program Announces New Products and Honors Top Performers

Mortgage products now available for repeat homebuyers

First Home Mortgage Corporation was the top performing lender in 2018.

First Home Mortgage Corporation was the top performing lender in 2018.

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (February 25, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced new products under the Maryland Mortgage Program before an audience of mortgage lenders, real estate professionals, mortgage insurers, and other homeownership partners at the Hotel Annapolis on February 22. The department also launched a new, consumer-focused social media presence and recognized the program’s top lending partners.

“Homeownership strengthens Maryland’s communities and the economy, and, with a 30 percent increase in mortgage loans this fiscal year, the performance of the Maryland Mortgage Program under Governor Hogan’s leadership continues to be tremendous,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Expanding our loan and down payment assistance options and delivering exemplary customer service will ensure the Maryland Mortgage Program remains an attractive option for potential homebuyers.”

Chief among the new Maryland Mortgage Program products is an array of loans and down payment assistance options specifically tailored to repeat homebuyers for the first time in program history. These new products include down payment assistance loans or grants of up to 4 percent of the purchase price. Additional products featuring low and fixed interest rates and down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers and persons with disabilities were also announced.

To increase program access and communication for customers, the program has launched its own independent social media presence, including program-specific Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The department also honored its top performing lender partners – First Home Mortgage Corporation, PrimeLending, and Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. These lenders closed an average of more than 10 loans per month in 2018. Ryan Paquin of First Home Mortgage Corporation earned recognition as the top producing loan officer. Long & Foster Real Estate was the top producing real estate company, more than doubling the production of the next highest broker. For the fifth year in a row, Naji Rashid was the Maryland Mortgage Program’s top producing real estate agent.

Top lenders in the popular student debt eliminator program, Maryland SmartBuy, were First Home Mortgage Corporation and Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. Maryland SmartBuy is the first mortgage program of its kind in the nation, offering student loan debt relief up to $40,000 when purchasing a home.

The Maryland Mortgage Program has been the state’s flagship homeownership program for more than 35 years, providing fixed-rate mortgages along with down payment and closing cost incentives. From Fiscal Year 2015 through Fiscal Year 2018, the Maryland Mortgage Program assisted more than 9,900 homebuyers with mortgages valued at over $2.3 billion and over $49.5 million in down payment assistance. For more information about the Maryland Mortgage Program and its newest initiatives, visit http://mmp.maryland.gov.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Luell, Director of Communications, sara.luell@maryland.gov, 301-429-7803



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), National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), and Housing Opportunity for Persons With HIV/AIDS (HOPWA). 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. The Department expects to receive about $6.2 million in HOME funding, $7.7 million in CDBG funding, $1 million in ESG funding, $1.8 million in HOPWA funding and $3.5 million in HTF funding FFY 2019.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, and 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. It is to this purpose that we are holding public hearings – to gain input regarding how to carry out these goals in the coming year.

At this point, nothing has been written for the draft Annual Plan update. These hearings are to gather initial input about what should be in the draft Annual Plan. It should be noted that HUD has changed the Annual Plan from a written document to a largely online tool using pre-filled data. The Department will then write a draft Annual Plan, using the new online system using the data that HUD has provided, which will be released for 30 days of public comment (including written comment) at or around the middle of May 2019. After the public has had several weeks to review the draft Annual Plan, a second set of hearings will be held beginning around the second week in June. Additional comments, recommendations, and suggestions will be taken during these hearings (and during the full public comment period), with the final version of the Annual Plan submitted to HUD on or around June 29, 2019.

The first set of hearings on the development of the draft Annual Plan will be held at the following dates, times, and places:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Towson Library
320 York Road
Wilson Room
Towson, Maryland 21204

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
Caroline County Central Library
100 Market Street
Small Meeting Room
Denton, Maryland 21629

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Fairview Branch Library
Small Meeting Room
Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road
Owings, Maryland 20736

Friday, March 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Allegany County Office Complex
701 Kelly Road
Potomac Room 230
Cumberland, Maryland 21502

All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend.  Any questions or comments should be directed to me at the address, phone numbers, or e-mail listed below:

Ms. Ja’Nai C. Streat
Senior Housing Policy Analyst
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
(301) 429-7445 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1 (800) 735-2258
janai.streat@maryland.gov

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DHCD to Host Business Lending Information Session March 21


Baltimore business owners and entrepreneurs, join us on Thursday, March 21 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Horseshoe Casino to learn how DHCD can assist your existing or prospective business and how successful business districts help community growth.

To register for the event, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



DHCD wraps up another successful Maryland Charity Campaign

One thing that’s certain is the staff at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is incredibly giving. Each year, our team turns out in droves to support the annual Maryland Charity Campaign, and 2018 was no different. This most recent campaign featured new events, highlighted our talented and generous team, and raised more than $50,000 for MCC-eligible charities.

Our 2017 and 2018 campaign numbers are the best indicator of DHCD’s giving spirit. Between the 2015 and 2016 MCC seasons, we raised $59,355. Over the last two campaigns, that number increased by more than 80 percent for a collective $106,940. Events from this year supported a broad array of nonprofit organizations, ranging from Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, which provides birthday parties for homeless children, to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a group that works with wounded servicemen and women.

From just our events, we raised more than $5,400; our small-but-mighty Cambridge office raised nearly $1,100 alone! Popular events like Jersey Mondays and the Hot Dog Lunch Halloween Party returned for another year as well. At the Lanham office, for the annual basket raffle, a talented team from the Division of Credit Assurance and the Division of Finance and Administration contributed a stunning Maryland-themed quilt that ultimately raised $155 for Associated Black Charities.

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the last three campaigns has been seeing what Secretary Ken Holt and Department of General Services Secretary Ellington Churchill have cooked up for an annual video and inter-departmental challenge. They’ve been gangsters and dancers in videos past, and this year opted for a Blues Brothers meets Peter, Paul, and Mary musical outfit that they led. Each agency also held their own talent show, with DHCD’s closing out the campaign. Whatever the 2019 MCC holds in store, one thing is certain: the DHCD team will rise to the occasion once more.



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