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Consumer Alert: Attorney General Warns Marylanders About “Community Development Block Grant” Scam

Read the consumer alert here: http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/press/2019/111319.pdf



Notice: Request for Applications for Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Program

Notice: Request for Applications for Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Program

 

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) seeks qualified and experienced local governments and non-profits to apply for capital funding for the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Program to develop Supportive Housing for Mothers with Substance Abuse Disorders. The RFA will be posted on the Department’s website at the following location:

https://dhcd.maryland.gov/HousingDevelopment/Pages/FinancingPrograms.aspx

Direct link to RFA PDF:

https://dhcd.maryland.gov/HousingDevelopment/Documentsstghp/RFA.pdf

Proposals must be received by the Department no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Three (3) copies of the application should be submitted in separate binders along with a zip drive including a file attachment of the application.

The Department will host an information session for interested local governments and non-profits on Wednesday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. The session will provide specific details about the MOM program as well as a question and answer session. Written questions should be sent to rfa.dhcd@maryland.gov by no later than December 31, 2019. Answers to questions will be responded to as received.

Information Session:

Time:               11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location:         Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

7800 Harkins Road

Lanham, Maryland 20706

Conference Rooms 201-203

Contact Information:

Shannon Lee

Special Assistant – Community Development Administration

Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

7800 Harkins Road

Lanham, Maryland 20706

301-429-7648

shannon.lee@maryland.gov

Dayna Harris

Group Home Program Manager – Community Development Administration

7800 Harkins Road

Lanham, Maryland 20706

301-429-7845

dayna.harris@maryland.gov

General Information:

rfa.dhcd@maryland.gov



Governor Hogan Announces $40 Million in Support to New and Expanding Small Businesses

Governor Hogan Announces $40 Million in Support to New and Expanding Small Businesses

Neighborhood BusinessWorks Lending Program Hits Milestone With Loan to Ministry of Brewing in Baltimore City

For immediate release: 

October 30, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has surpassed the milestone of more than $40 million in lending to over 170 small businesses through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks program since January 2015. Neighborhood BusinessWorks provides gap financing to new and expanding small businesses located in Priority Funding Areas and Opportunity Zones across the state.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and helping small business owners succeed is a priority,” said Governor Hogan. “Through Neighborhood BusinessWorks, we are able to help great ideas become actual, brick-and-mortar businesses that contribute to the economic development of Maryland’s great cities and towns.”

The program achieved the milestone this summer through a loan to Ministry of Brewing. The project involves converting a desanctified former church in Southeast Baltimore into a 15,000-square-foot brewpub. The brewery is expected to open later this year.

Neighborhood BusinessWorks was also instrumental in aiding small business recovery following the 2016 and 2018 historic flooding in Ellicott City. Other recent loans have assisted biotechnology companies, restaurants, and retail establishments.

“We have been aggressively growing the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program over the last few years,” said Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Prior to 2015, the department was helping on average just about a dozen businesses a year; we have nearly tripled that and will continue to work to help small businesses and create more jobs.”

For more information about Neighborhood BusinessWorks, including information on how small businesses can apply, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Business/.

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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



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Conducts Largest Bond Issuance in the Agency’s History

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Conducts Largest Bond Issuance in the Agency’s History

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (October 23, 2019) – Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt announced that the department conducted the largest mortgage revenue bond issuance in the history of the agency. The department’s bond-issuing entity, the Community Development Administration, issued more than $347 million under the Residential Revenue Bond program. Proceeds of the bond sales through that program are primarily used to finance mortgage loans to first-time homebuyers through the state’s Maryland Mortgage Program.

“Under Governor Hogan’s leadership, the state has expanded its portfolio of mortgage products and down payment and closing cost assistance available through the Maryland Mortgage Program, including the nationally-recognized Maryland SmartBuy program which empowers first-time homebuyers to eliminate their student loan debt while purchasing a home,” said Secretary Holt. “The majority of the Maryland Mortgage Program’s resources come from the sale of these types of bonds, not the state’s budget, so this highly successful program is funded and managed with virtually no cost to Maryland’s taxpayers.”

This historic issuance received an overwhelming response from bond investors in part due to the Community Development Administration’s solid credit rating and the high level of expertise provided by the department’s bond portfolio management team. The issuance received over $1.2 billion in investor orders, with more than 27 percent of filled orders coming from Maryland and national retail investors. The tax-exempt interest rates achieved through this bond sale will enable the department to continue to offer Maryland Mortgage Program loans at below market interest rates, providing annual savings to program homebuyers.

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 2015 through 2018 – over the period of Governor Hogan’s first term, 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 including Maryland SmartBuy, 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: 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 Friday October 18, 2019 concerning issuance of bonds or other obligations to finance residential rental housing projects. For more information, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Documents/TEFRA/2019/Notice-10-01.pdf



Applications Open for 2020 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

Applications Open for 2020 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants
$200,000 Available for Stewardship Initiatives Statewide

Four different grants are being offered to help volunteer and nonprofit groups, communities, and land trusts support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship, and solve natural resource issues in urban and rural areas. The deadline to apply for funding is Nov. 14, 2019.

“Through Keep Maryland Beautiful we empower local stakeholders to improve the health and beauty of their neighborhoods,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We have provided more than $2 million in grants and equipment for the cleaning, greening, and revitalization of Maryland’s communities since 2017.”

Visit https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2019/10/01/applications-open-for-2020-keep-maryland-beautiful-grants/ to learn more.



Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Delivers Opening Remarks at Opportunity Zones Conference

Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Delivers Opening Remarks at
Opportunity Zones Conference
Conference Educates Potential Investors on State and Federal Incentives, Highlights Current Opportunity Zone Success Stories

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 1, 2019) — Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, chair of the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force, today delivered opening remarks at the second Maryland Opportunity Zones Conference. Hosted by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, the conference provided an opportunity for attendees and potential investors to learn more about the program and its incentives, as well as additional state incentives and current Opportunity Zone success stories in Maryland. The lieutenant governor was joined by Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson, and representatives from the private and nonprofit sectors.

The federal Opportunity Zones program is a nationwide initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in economically distressed and under-served communities. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help finance redevelopment and revitalization. Maryland has 149 designated Opportunity Zones, and each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions has at least one designation.

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“For the last four years, Governor Hogan and I, and our entire administration, have been laser-focused on growing jobs and turning around Maryland’s economy, and we’ve seen a lot of success,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “But we know that there are places in the state that have not had the same growth as the rest of Maryland. The Opportunity Zone program is an exciting chance to truly lift up and help these communities.”

During the sold-out conference, more than 400 attendees learned about the expected future impact of Opportunity Zones, how to attract equity to both real estate and operating business projects, and additional state incentives. During the 2019 Legislative Session, the Hogan-Rutherford administration supported, and the governor later signed, a bipartisan omnibus bill that allowed the state to create or expand additional incentives to stack on top of those already offered by the federal government.

Examples of the state incentives include six additional tax credit programs under the Department of Commerce Opportunity Zone Enhancement Program: (1) Job creation; (2) One Maryland; (3) Enterprise Zone; (4) Biotechnology Investment incentive; (5) Cybersecurity Investment incentive; and (6) More Jobs for Marylanders. The legislation also extends the Historic Revitalization Tax Credit Program through the Maryland Historic Trust at the Department of Planning through 2024, and authorizes property tax credits at the local level for qualifying properties. In addition, the legislation extends geographic eligibility for State economic development tax credit and financing programs in priority areas, and adds an affordable and workforce housing component to Opportunity Zones to facilitate mixed-income developments.

Attendees also received an overview of some of the current successful projects featured on the Maryland Opportunity Zone Information Exchange, an innovative, first-in-the-nation online resource that serves as a virtual meeting place for investors, fund managers, property developers, new or expanding businesses, and local stakeholders. Examples of successful Opportunity Zone projects include Yard 56, a $160 million, 1-million-square-foot mixed-use development in East Baltimore; the Cambridge Waterfront Development, a $200 million, 25-acre mixed-use development adjacent to Route 50; and the Frostburg Center Street Redevelopment, a $10 million, 15,000-square-foot mixed-use project that will serve both the Frostburg University community and the community at large. Currently, the Information Exchange lists more than 100 projects totaling $12 billion of capital investments, comprising 29,000 housing units and 45 million square feet of commercial development.

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“Since the program was created by Congress, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to Opportunity Zones,” said Secretary Holt. “Governor Hogan has lead the nation in providing state support to leverage private capital. Today’s successful conference is another example of how we as a state are positioning ourselves to maximize Opportunity Zone investment.”

For more information about Opportunity Zones and for maps of selected communities, 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



Notice of DRAFT Performance Report Update and Comment Period on the State of Maryland’s Consolidated Plan

Notice of DRAFT Performance Report Update and Comment Period on the State of Maryland’s Consolidated Plan
Notice is hereby given that the State of Maryland has opened a 30 day public comment period on the Draft 2018 Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
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 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2019) 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 just completed the fifth year of the five year Plan that ended June 30, 2019, and the draft CAPER details the progress DHCD made toward its housing and community development goals in the last year, and for the full five years of the Plan.

DHCD is interested in public input and comment on the draft CAPER. We will take written comments (via either email or standard post) on the report through COB Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the address listed below. In addition, we will hold a series of public meetings on the CAPER at the following dates, times, and places:

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Towson Library
320 York Road
Wilson Room
Towson, Maryland 21204

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Caroline County Central Library
100 Market Street
Small Meeting Room
Denton, Maryland 21629
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Fairview Branch Library
Small Meeting Room
Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road
Owings, Maryland 20736
Friday, September 20, 2019 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.
The draft Performance Report is available on-line on DHCD’s website at http://dhcd.maryland.gov. It can be found under the “Publications” heading at the bottom of the website. In addition, copies of the draft CAPER are available at the following libraries: the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Blackwell Library in Salisbury, the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, the Lewis J. Ort Library in Frostburg, the Frederick Douglas Library in Princess Anne, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library in Charlotte Hall. A large print version is available at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore. Free copies of the draft Performance Report are also available by calling, writing, or e-mailing me at the address and phone numbers 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
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Hogan Administration Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Community Development Block Grants

Hogan Administration Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Community Development Block Grants
More than $4.2 million awarded for public development projects

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (August 26, 2019) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards for Fiscal Year 2020. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer more than $4.2 million in CDBG funding for nine community development and infrastructure projects.

“These awards reinforce my administration’s strong support of projects and initiatives in rural Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will improve infrastructure and services to help revitalize these communities.”

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 maintain public infrastructure in their communities and provide critical services to their residents.

The CDBG Program is comprised of two parts. The Entitlement Program is managed by HUD and provides federal funds directly to larger, metropolitan counties and cities. The States and Small Cities Program provides federal funds to the states who then distribute assistance to more rural counties, cities and towns. Through that program, the State of Maryland received nearly $7.8 million in funding in FY20. In addition to the nine community development and infrastructure projects, the funding will be used for homelessness services and special projects across the state.

“The Community Development Block Grant has been an important federal resource for economic development and neighborhood revitalization in Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We will continue to administer the program to effectively respond to the unique needs of these communities and support their redevelopment goals in a prudent and fiscally responsible manner.”

During the Hogan administration, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has administered nearly $40 million in CDBG assistance for more than 100 projects across Maryland.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) States and Small Cities Program
Fiscal Year 2020 Awards

  1. Allegany County – $800,000
    Phase 2 of regional sewer improvements
  2. Calvert County – $800,000
    Construction of food distribution facility
  3. Frederick County – $400,000
    Renovation of affordable rental housing development
  4. Frederick County – $400,000
    Homebuyer assistance
  5. Town of Oakland (Garrett County) – $320,000
    Sewer improvements
  6. Somerset County – $310,000
    Countywide blight removal
  7. Washington County – $729,282.05
    Renovations to buildings used to provide services to persons with disabilities
  8. Town of Mardela Springs (Wicomico County) – $152,120
    Sidewalk construction and improvements
  9. Worcester County – $300,000
    Countywide housing rehabilitation

TOTAL – $4,211,402.05

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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



Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $10 Million Rural Broadband Expansion

Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $10 Million Rural Broadband Expansion
First Wave of Five-Year Plan to Connect 225,000 Marylanders to Affordable Internet

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 19, 2019) – Governor Larry Hogan has announced $9.9 million in available funding as part of the first wave of a five-year plan to provide 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with reliable, affordable internet access.

“Maryland is ranked number one in America for having the fastest internet and we have been working hard to provide high-speed internet to every county in the state,” Governor Hogan said. “Today I’m announcing that we will provide an additional $10 million this year as the first installment of a five-year $100 million initiative that will finally provide another 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.”

Created by executive order in 2017, the Office of Rural Broadband, housed in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, was established to expand broadband capabilities statewide in underserved, rural areas of Maryland.

The plan builds upon earlier efforts made by the Office of Rural Broadband, which successfully implemented the following projects:

  • Provided a loan and refinanced $17 million of the City of Westminster’s debt through the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program for Westminster’s newly completed fiber network. This financing support will ensure that the city’s network is sustainable and will allow for the completion of customer installations over the next three years.
  • Awarded grants of up to $100,000 each for 11 small broadband pilot projects in five counties.
  • Awarded grants of up to $60,000 each to six counties for broadband feasibility studies. The studies will identify areas lacking broadband facilities, provide guidance for planning and construction, and determine present cost estimates.
  • Hosted a conference in the summer of 2018 for county information technology and economic development officials to determine the needs and status of each county’s broadband expansion efforts. Eighteen counties attended the conference, where best practices developed in relation to local efforts were presented.
  • Provided technical assistance and application preparation funding with grants of up to $200,000 for the upcoming USDA ReConnect broadband funding program. The office worked with two applicants, Easton Utilities on behalf of Talbot County and Armstrong Communications on behalf of Harford and Cecil Counties. If the applicants are selected by USDA, they could be eligible for federal grant awards up to $25 million each.

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

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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



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