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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.



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces “Award of Excellence” Honorees

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces “Award of Excellence” Honorees

On behalf of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Katie Parks accepts the Award of Excellence from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt.

On behalf of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Katie Parks accepts the Award of Excellence from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced the recipients of the Department’s Award of Excellence. Organizations and their leadership teams are honored for partnering with the state to create and preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities.

“These award winners are true leaders who demonstrate what successfully executed public-private partnerships can achieve,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt.

The Award of Excellence honorees are:

  • Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development (Michael Braverman and Jason Hessler) – Recognized for ongoing support of Governor Larry Hogan’s Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) initiative to remove blight and rapidly transform communities.
  • City Life Historic Builders, Cross Street Partners, and Strong City Baltimore (Anne Riggle) – Recognized for restoration of the historic Hoen Lithograph Building in East Baltimore to create a commercial center to support businesses and the community.
  • Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (Katie Parks) – Recognized for creative leadership in restoring the historic Phillips Packing Company, Factory F in Cambridge, Maryland for tourism connected to food, entertainment, and job creation.
  • Enterprise Homes (Chickie Grayson) – Recognized for partnership, advocacy, and unwavering commitment to create and preserve high-quality affordable housing throughout Maryland.
  • ReBUILD Metro (Sean Closkey) – Recognized for preserving affordable housing in the Greenmount West and Johnston Square neighborhoods of Baltimore.
  • Seawall Development (Thibault Manekin) – Recognized for extensive redevelopment efforts in central Baltimore including Miller’s Court, R. House, Union Collective, and Lexington Market.
  • Southwest Partnership  (Michael Seipp) – Recognized for leadership in organizing the Southwest Partnership and uniting a broad and disengaged community to acquire and rehabilitate important commercial and residential structures.

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Hogan Administration Announces $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to Allegany County; Matching $750,000 Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant

Hogan Administration Announces $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to Allegany County; Matching $750,000 Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant

Funding will support relocation of residents out of a floodplain

New Carrollton, Md. (February 20, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to Allegany County. The funding will be used to purchase land and relocate residents from a portion of the Garden City Mobile Home Park that lies in the floodplain and had previously flooded as recently as 2014.

“We want residents to live in a safe place out of harm’s way,” said Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Importantly, we are able to use this funding to leverage additional federal dollars and make a real impact in this community.”

As part of the project, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) secured $750,000 in funding through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program serves as a mechanism for MEMA to reduce future risks and build resilient communities that thrive.

The project will eliminate the flood risk by relocating residents and structures out of harm’s way. Stream restoration will also be a component of the project.

“Approximately 75% of all disaster declarations are associated with flooding,” said Russell Strickland, MEMA’s Executive Director. “In the U.S. however, thousands of homes are damaged by flood waters each year in jurisdictions where a presidential disaster is not declared,” he continued. “Projects like this are an important way to improve the resilience of Maryland communities. MEMA continues to work with our local, state, and Federal partners to shape a more resilient Maryland where communities thrive.”

The Community Development Block Grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. During the Hogan administration, the state has administered nearly $40 million in CDBG assistance for more than 100 projects across Maryland. In Fiscal Year 2020, the state housing department allocated nearly $7.8 million in CDBG funding for previously announced community development and infrastructure projects, homelessness prevention and special projects across the state.

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Hogan Administration Announces First State Housing Finance Bond Rating Upgrade in 40 Years

Hogan Administration Announces First State Housing Finance Bond Rating Upgrade in 40 Years

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 19, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced that Moody’s Investors Service, a major credit rating agency, has upgraded the Maryland Community Development Administration’s Residential Revenue Bond Program. The upgrade took place in connection with the $130.75 million 2020 Series A (Non-AMT) and $9.25 million 2020 Series B (AMT) bond issuance.

“This upgrade demonstrates our commitment to solid fiscal management amid an unprecedented growth in our affordable homeownership program,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “Thanks to the hard work of our team at the Department of Housing and Community Development, we have one of the most effectively managed bond programs in the nation.”

The upgrade by Moody’s Investor Service to an Aa1 rating with Stable Outlook from an Aa2 rating is based upon the robust pace of first-time homebuyer loan originations over the last several years, and the expectation that increased bond issuance in 2020 will be used to purchase mortgage-backed securities, thereby reducing the portfolio’s overall exposure to whole loans and reducing risk within the program.

The rating upgrade comes shortly after the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s recent announcement that the Maryland Mortgage Program has reached $1 billion in reservations in 2019, representing more than 4,000 homebuyers. The Maryland Mortgage Program provides fixed-rate mortgages that are available with downpayment and closing cost assistance, tax incentives, and the nationally-recognized innovative student debt relief homeownership initiative, Maryland SmartBuy.

“Bond issuances generate critical funding for many of the department’s programs, particularly homeownership programs,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This historic ratings upgrade will make these bond issuances more attractive to investors and potentially expand our resources to provide safe, sustainable mortgages to prospective Maryland homebuyers.”

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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



Video Release: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking for Lexington Market Redevelopment

Video Release: Governor Hogan Celebrates Groundbreaking for Lexington Market Redevelopment

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 18, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of redevelopment of Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market, the longest operating public market in America. The governor was joined by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Maryland Department of General Services Secretary Ellington Churchill, Jr., city officials, development partners, and local stakeholders.

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“The State of Maryland needs a strong Baltimore City, which is why our administration has been fighting for dramatic change here,” said Governor Hogan. “Today we are making our latest investment in the city with the redevelopment of this historic Lexington Market, which is another step in the revitalization and transformation of this city, and just one more way that we are continuing to change Maryland for the better.”

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The state has committed $6.85 million to the redevelopment of Lexington Market, including capital grants through bond bills authorized in the previous four Maryland General Assembly sessions and, most recently, a bridge loan through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks program, announced in January.

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“Neighborhood BusinessWorks traditionally provides gap financing to new or expanding small businesses, and it has been an incredibly effective program,” said Secretary Holt. “We are always looking to grow the program, and recently we have looked for more creative ways to use its resources, like this bridge loan, to support large, truly transformative projects like Lexington Market.”

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“Renovations to Lexington Market will benefit local businesses and the surrounding community,” said Secretary Churchill. “Our team looks forward to working with the project stakeholders to administer the state’s capital grant funds to help modernize the facility.”
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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



Governor Hogan Announces Record Milestone of $1 Billion in Mortgages Through Maryland Mortgage Program in 2019

Governor Hogan Announces Record Milestone of $1 Billion in Mortgages Through Maryland Mortgage Program in 2019
New High for State’s Flagship Homeownership Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Mortgage Program reached a record $1 billion in reservations for the program in 2019, representing more than 4,000 homebuyers. This is a 12-month period high for the history of the program. The Maryland Mortgage Program provides fixed-rate mortgages that come with downpayment and closing cost assistance, tax incentives, and student debt relief available through the popular Maryland SmartBuy initiative.

“Homeownership is the backbone of strong communities,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration has been focused on growing this program to ensure more young people and hardworking families are able to put down roots in the great State of Maryland.”

The Maryland Mortgage Program’s attractive interest rates have helped drive demand for this record-breaking year. Additional factors for this success include product changes, improvements to operations, and an aggressive marketing strategy, including the rollout of program-specific FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. The program’s business development team has helped grow the program from 80 participating lenders last year to 118 lenders that borrowers can now choose from. A partnership with the state association, Maryland REALTORS, as well as local associations statewide has resulted in a greater awareness of the program among homebuyers.

“We have dramatically increased production, meaning more residents are using these great benefits to secure a future here in Maryland,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “The majority of the Maryland Mortgage Program’s resources come from the sale of bonds, not the state’s budget, so this highly successful program is funded and managed with virtually no cost to Maryland’s taxpayers.”

Secretary Holt marked the milestone at the department’s annual event honoring its top-performing partners in Annapolis. The program recognized top-producing lenders and loan officers, as well as the top individual real estate agent and companies. For a list of award winners and photos from the event visit here.

The Maryland Mortgage Program has been the state’s flagship homeownership program for more than 35 years. Under the Hogan administration, the Maryland Mortgage Program has provided over $2.8 billion in mortgages to more than 13,000 Marylanders and eliminated more than $11 million in student debt for first-time homebuyers. For more information, visit http://mmp.maryland.gov.

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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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