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Hogan Administration Announces Open Enrollment for Assisted Housing Relief Program

Hogan Administration Announces Open Enrollment for Assisted Housing Relief Program

Will Provide Four-Month Rebate Voucher For Renters Living in State-Financed Properties 

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Also Deploying Resources to Local Jurisdictions to Help Prevent Evictions

Statewide Moratorium on Evictions For Tenants Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic, First Enacted on March 16, Remains in Place During State of Emergency

Read more: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/07/24/hogan-administration-announces-open-enrollment-for-assisted-housing-relief-program/



Hogan Administration Announces $2.3 Million in First Round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Hogan Administration Announces $2.3 Million in First Round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants
Eight counties awarded funding to assist renters during COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (July 20, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced eight counties will receive more than $2.3 million in the first round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants. 

“These awards reinforce my administration’s strong support for ensuring Marylanders stay safe and secure in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Hogan. “We are dedicated to assisting counties in their efforts to prevent eviction during these tough economic times.”

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer the grants, funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The $2.3 million distribution is the first wave of funding in the Hogan Administration’s promised $30 million program to prevent evictions across the state. These efforts, combined with the additional $30 million in efforts of local governments, represent more than $60 million dedicated to providing rental assistance for Marylanders. 

The national CDBG program was enacted into law by Congress as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. For 45 years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program has supported community redevelopment, affordable housing, and the expansion of economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. The program is a vital resource for Maryland’s counties, cities, and towns in their efforts to provide critical services to their residents.

“The Community Development Block Grant has been an important federal resource in Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. This funding is essential as local governments respond effectively to the impacts of COVID-19.

During the Hogan administration, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has administered over $51 million in CDBG assistance for more than 170 projects across Maryland.

Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Awards

  1. Allegany County- $55,000
  2. Cecil County- $100,000
  3. Charles County- $200,000
  4. Frederick County- $722,129
  5. Kent County- $84,246
  6. Queen Anne’s County -$80,000
  7. Somerset County- $100,000
  8. Wicomico County- $1,000,000

TOTAL – $2,341,375

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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, 301-458-1995



Governor Hogan Announces $190 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations

Governor Hogan Announces $190 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations

New Nonprofit Recovery Initiative Will Be Focused On a Range of Organizations, Including Affordable Housing and Disability Providers
Investments Include $5 Million for Economically and Socially Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs, $3 Million for Arts Organizations
In Total, Governor Hogan Has Committed $475 Million In New Investments For Critical Sectors of Maryland’s Economy

Read more: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/06/30/governor-hogan-announces-190-million-in-covid-19-relief-for-small-businesses-higher-education-and-nonprofit-organizations/



Governor Hogan Announces $30 Million in Funding For Eviction Prevention Assistance

Governor Hogan Announces $30 Million in Funding For Eviction Prevention Assistance
Initiatives Include Eviction Prevention Support to Local Governments, Assisted Housing Relief
Administration Maximizing Federal Resources for Marylanders Hurt By COVID-19 Pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 26, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the commitment of $30 million in new funding to prevent evictions and help Marylanders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Too many Marylanders have faced undue financial hardships during this unprecedented crisis, including the inability to pay their rent,” said Governor Hogan. “While our eviction moratorium has helped families remain in safe and stable housing through the pandemic, we are also maximizing federal resources to help as many renters as possible.”

This critical funding is available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On Wednesday, the governor announced the commitment of more than $45.6 million in education funding through the CARES Act for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, rural broadband initiatives, and other priorities.

Eviction Prevention Support to Local Governments: $20 Million

Since the governor declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 5, 20 percent of all residential rental units have fallen into delinquency. While eviction moratoriums have provided time for federal stimulus funds and federal and state unemployment benefits to take effect, many Marylanders are still struggling to pay their rent. As a result of increased demand for local rental assistance programs, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) intends to deploy $20 million in expected federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funding across all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland to help address eviction prevention needs.

Assisted Housing Relief Program: $10 Million

The residential rental industry is experiencing a reduction in rental payments combined with increased maintenance costs. Approximately 9,000 of the 45,000 state-financed rental units in Maryland are currently delinquent at an estimated cost of $3 million per month. The Assisted Housing Relief Program is intended to help bring rental delinquencies current for those units and provide real relief for the tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through direct payments to the eligible property management company. Once a payment for back rent from the Assisted Housing Relief Program is received by a landlord, tenants will have their rental debt eliminated and no longer face the threat of eviction.

The program will include rental units in multi-family projects financed by DHCD’s Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program where the unit rent is controlled.

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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, 301-458-1995



State of Maryland Designates Four New Sustainable Communities

State of Maryland Designates Four New Sustainable Communities

Town of Hancock's Main Street

Town of Hancock’s Main Street

New Carrollton, MD (June 17, 2020) – Three Eastern Shore communities and one town in Western Maryland have been named Maryland’s newest Sustainable Communities. With this designation, there are now 121 Sustainable Communities in the state. The program provides local governments with a revitalization “toolbox” of state resources including programs, loans, grants and tax credits that can support brick and mortar community projects, small business development, job creation, and tourism 

Wicomico County – City of Fruitland

Located southeast of Salisbury, Fruitland began developing as a crossroads village and became known as Forktown in the early 1800s. Due to its large and varied agriculture, the name of the developing town was changed to Fruitland, and the City was incorporated in 1947. As a Sustainable Community, Fruitland hopes to maintain its small town roots while building on its strengths as a growing community including a variety of retail opportunities and proximity to the assets of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Through the university, Fruitland is participating in the Well-Connected Communities program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, connecting the city with funding and programming focused on mental, physical, environmental, and health-related initiatives. Key Sustainable Community goals include creating more park and recreational opportunities for residents, streetscape and façade improvements to support downtown revitalization, and improving pedestrian connections and access to downtown.

Washington County – Town of Hancock

With a population of approximately 1,500, Hancock is one of Maryland’s oldest settlements, incorporated in 1853. Located in the narrowest part of the state, between the Pennsylvania border to the north and the Potomac River to the south, the region features rolling productive agricultural lands, flanked by forested mountains. Hancock was named for Edward Joseph Hancock, Jr., whose family operated the local ferry at this northernmost point of the Potomac River. In addition to its designation as a Sustainable Community, Hancock is also designated as a Main Street Maryland community, a state Arts and Entertainment District, and, most recently, as a federal Opportunity Zone. Hancock is also currently seeking a designation as a Maryland Heritage Areas Targeted Investment Zone. Hancock’s goals include promoting tourism on the Western Maryland Trail, implementing strategies to promote business expansion, creating an attractive gateway for the town, and improving downtown signage. Proposed infrastructure improvements include stormwater retrofits, rehabilitation or demolition of vacant buildings, as well as streetscape and pedestrian improvements.

Town of Hillsboro's bank building

Town of Hillsboro’s bank building

Caroline County – Town of Hillsboro

Incorporated in 1853, Hillsboro is one of Caroline County’s oldest municipalities, featuring nearby tourist attractions like the Adkins Arboretum, Tuckahoe State Park, and access to Tuckahoe Creek. State Route 404 serves as the Town’s Main Street, and Hillsboro’s historical and cultural assets include a Civil War Trail, an historic episcopal church, the bank building on Main Street, and the Town Hall building, which is the area’s old school house. The town’s key Sustainable Community goals include main street façade improvements, improving sidewalk conditions, the revitalization of the Town Hall building, and improving stormwater drainage on Church Street.

Wicomico County – Town of Willards

The Town of Willards was incorporated in 1906 and has a total population of just under 1,000. Willards benefits from participation in the Town Manager Circuit Rider Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The town’s key goals include: streetscape improvements on Main Street; improvements to public park and recreational facilities with support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Community Parks and Playgrounds Program; sidewalk improvements, including connections to Willards Elementary School; conducting a stormwater management study and implementing improvements to the system; launching a commercial façade improvement program, and; promoting tax credits to support both the expansion of existing businesses and new business development.

For more information on the Sustainable Communities program, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/dn/default.aspx

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period on 2019 Action Plan Amendments and Citizen Participation Plan Amendments

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD ON 2019 ACTION PLAN AMENDMENTS AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN AMENDMENTS

On March 27, 2020, the United States Congress passed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748). The bill provided additional funding to rapidly respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by the pandemic. A substantial amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan is necessary in order to receive CARES Act funds, and usually a thirty (30) day public comment period is required, however, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has waived this requirement provided that no less than five (5) days are provided for public comments on each substantial amendment. The State of Maryland will be awarded CARES Act funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA-CV) Program.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development hereby gives notice that the following public review and comment period to examine and consider substantial amendments to the FY 2019 Action Plan to allocate funds awarded under the CARES to immediately prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis will begin on June 2, 2020, and end June 6, 2020 Notice is also given that the State will amend its Citizen Participation Plan to allow flexibility to immediately respond to an emergency situation. 

The State will hold two video conference public meetings to consider the adoption of the FY 2019 Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan Amendments. The public review and comment period are in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) guidance issued April 1, 2020, as part of its COVID-19 response. 

The meetings will be conducted in accordance with the State of Maryland’s Safer at Home Advisory. The State will participate in the meetings 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:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 11:00 AM
Join by phone: 1-617-675-4444 PIN: 684 015 632 6119#

Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 7:00 PM
Join by phone: 1-617-675-4444 PIN: 326 584 420 7721#

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. 

Under the CARES Act, Congress provided $5 billion to fund the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG-CV) for activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus crisis. The first $2 billion was distributed using the same formula HUD used to award funds to entitlements and states for FFY 2020. The State of Maryland was awarded $4,691,887 for non-entitlement communities. The CDBG-CV funds will be distributed as follows:

State Administration (2% + $100,000) $193,837.74
Technical Assistance (1%) $46,918.87
Projects and Activities $4,451,130.39
TOTAL $4,691,887.00

 Under the CARES Act, an additional $4 billion was authorized for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) Program. The first $1 billion of that funding was allocated on April 2, 2020. The State of Maryland was awarded $4,031,542for non-entitlement communities. Funds will be awarded to the six current CoC lead agencies in non-entitlement jurisdictions, as well as the five former CoC lead agencies that are now part of the Balance of State. The ESG-CV funds will be distributed as follows:

State Administration (9.93%) $400,452
All Other (90.07%) $3,631,000
TOTAL  $4,031,542

Under the CARES Act, Congress provided $53,700,000 in formula grants and $10,000,000 in competitive grants to fund the Housing Persons with Aids (HOPWA-CV) Program for activities to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus crisis. The awards were distributed using the same formula HUD used to award funds to entitlements and states for FFY 2020. The State of Maryland was awarded $79,841 for its non-entitlement, rural community programs. The HOPWA-CV funds will be distributed as follows:

State Administration (3%) $8,710
Local Administration (7%) $21,238
Projects and Activities $282,168
TOTAL  $312,116

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR THE AMENDMENT TO 2019 ACTION PLAN AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN

The Amendments to the 2019 Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan public review and comment period begins on June 2, 2020, and ends June 6, 2020. Copies of the Amendments to the 2019 Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan can be found on the publications page of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development at https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/Publications.aspx. During the review and comment period about the herein described amendments to the 2019 Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan, members of the public may submit comments to: 

Mrs. Ja’Nai 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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Hogan Administration Announces Funding for Rural Internet Connectivity

Hogan Administration Announces Funding for Rural Internet Connectivity
Nearly $9.6 million to support broadband infrastructure and projects

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (May 22, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the Board of Public Works has approved nearly $9.6 million in funding, administered by the Office of Rural Broadband, to support broadband internet connectivity for more than 5,000 households and businesses in Maryland’s rural counties and communities. Housed in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Rural Broadband was established by executive order in 2017 to expand broadband capabilities statewide in rural areas of Maryland.

“This rapid and unprecedented shift to teleworking and distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic further demonstrates the importance of high-speed internet access for all Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “This funding continues my administration’s proactive efforts to increase broadband service in our state’s underserved communities.”

The Office of Rural Broadband provided nearly $2.3 million to eight local jurisdictions in western and southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore through the Maryland Broadband Pilot Funding Program. With this funding, local governments will partner with an Internet Service Provider serving the community to develop and manage projects to extend existing networks to incorporate underserved or unserved households. The projects receiving funding will provide internet access to more than 1,300 households and approximately 70 businesses in rural communities.

Additionally, nearly $7.3 million was provided through the Maryland Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program, designed to support the construction of necessary broadband infrastructure to expand services. Approximately $5.1 million in funds will support three large-scale broadband infrastructure projects in Somerset, Garrett and Charles Counties. Nearly $2.2 million of this funding was awarded to the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, Inc. and will extend broadband service to an estimated 950 households in Allegany, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, and Wicomico Counties.

This funding follows the Board of Public Works’ prior approval of emergency broadband resources to five jurisdictions. Funds were used to expand access to school and library broadband networks in rural communities in response to the COVID-19 Stay At Home Order.

For more information, visit dhcd.maryland.gov/RuralBroadband.

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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

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 concerning issuance of bonds or other obligations to finance residential rental housing projects.

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/2020/Notice-05-08.pdf.



Donate at GiveMaryland.org to Support Maryland Unites and #GivingTuesdayNow

Donate at GiveMaryland.org to Support Maryland Unites and #GivingTuesdayNow

GiveMaryland.org supports GEDCO's Push Back Against Poverty

GiveMaryland.org supports nonprofits across the state like the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation whose “Push Back Against Poverty” campaign provides homelessness prevention and services.

In response to the unprecedented needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan launched the Maryland Unites campaign to promote charitable giving and volunteerism in Maryland during this challenging time. In the same spirit, the global generosity movement GivingTuesday has announced the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign for Tuesday, May 5, 2020, to spur generosity, engagement, and support for communities and nonprofit organizations.

Hundreds of nonprofit organizations are working to change Maryland for the better, and #GivingTuesdayNow is a great opportunity to help them. Every donation helps, and, if you donate $500 or more, you’ll receive a state tax credit for half your donation amount from the nonprofit thanks to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Investment Tax Credit program.

Support #GivingTuesdayNow and Maryland Unites by visiting GiveMaryland.org and donating to an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in your community.

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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

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 concerning issuance of bonds or other obligations to finance residential rental housing projects. For more information, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Documents/TEFRA/2020/Notice-04-09.pdf.



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