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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On July 26, Director of Strategic Business Initiatives Frank Dickson appeared as a guest on Heaven 600 WCAO on the Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board’s “Living in Baltimore” radio show, hosted by Bill Kladky. Frank and Bill discussed Opportunity Zones and their potential to change Baltimore City and Maryland for the better. If you missed it the first time around, you can hear the full interview here: http://gbchrb.org/LIB%20-%20MDHCD%20-%20Dickson%202019%20Jul.mp3
Governor Hogan Participates In Groundbreaking For New C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters
Governor Hogan Participates In Groundbreaking For New C&O Canal National Historical Park Headquarters
Project Will Bring 70 New Jobs to Williamsport
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today, with the National Park Service (NPS), Washington County, and the Town of Williamsport, Md., broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art visitor center that will serve as the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park Headquarters.
This groundbreaking is the result of a $15 million project with federal, state, and local cooperation that will provide a significant boost to the local economy, bringing 70 new jobs to Williamsport.
Governor Hogan was joined by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin; National Park Service Director P. Daniel Smith; C&O Canal National Historical Park Superintendent Kevin D. Brandt; State Senator George C. Edwards; Delegate William J. Wivell; Williamsport Mayor William B. Green; Washington County commissioners; and members of the community.
Williamsport will be the only place in North America where visitors can experience every aspect of a working canal in one place, from a lift lock, to a lockhouse, a railroad lift bridge, a warehouse and coal basin, and a functional aqueduct. Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provided significant financial support to the project, with DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt overseeing the negotiations and planning with NPS. Washington County and the Town of Williamsport also played an instrumental role in ensuring the project’s success.
In addition, today’s groundbreaking marked the completion of a two-year, $10.2 million endeavor to rebuild the historic Conococheague Aqueduct in order to create the first watered operational aqueduct along the C&O Canal in 95 years.
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Hogan Administration Announces Awards for Affordable Rental Housing
15 projects across the state will result in the creation or preservation of a record 1,837 units
NEW CARROLLTON, MD (July 31, 2019) – The Hogan administration today announced the results of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s most recent application round for federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits and state Rental Housing Funds. More than $44 million in state funds and federal tax credits have been awarded to 15 projects, which will result in the creation or preservation of 1,837 high quality affordable rental units. This is the largest number of units financed in the history of the program in Maryland.
The 15 awarded projects are distributed between eight counties and Baltimore City. A focus for this year’s application round were projects located in Opportunity Zones, areas designated by the federal government to spur economic development. Six projects in Opportunity Zones were awarded $17.5 million, including South Street Centre, which will create 152 units for seniors and families in Frederick, and Sojourner Place at Wolfe, which will create 70 units in Baltimore City, including 35 units set aside for formerly homeless individuals.
“My administration is committed to making sure that seniors and families have access to affordable, quality housing,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “By investing in Opportunity Zones, we are able to leverage state resources and federal dollars to create the most impact.”
Awards are determined through competitive application rounds held annually by the department. For this latest competitive round, the department received 47 applications for projects in Maryland, requesting more than $122 million in financing. The 15 projects awarded will receive more than $22.5 million in state Rental Housing Funds and nearly $21.7 million in federal 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, leveraging more than $262 million in private sector capital. The department received the greatest number of applications in the history of the program.
By making use of a unique “twinning” financial structure, combining the competitive 9% credits with $5 million in noncompetitive 4% credits issued by the department, a record 1,837 total affordable rental units will be financed as a result of this round.
“Thanks to the creativity of our team, we were able to leverage other assets, such as 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits to make our financing tools go further and help house more people,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt.
For a list of awardees, see Affordable Rental Housing Awardees 2019.
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Hogan Administration Celebrates Anniversary of SmartBuy 2.0
Over $6 Million in Student Debt Eliminated Through Program
ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Hogan administration today celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Maryland SmartBuy 2.0 initiative. Managed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), this nationally recognized homeownership program enables prospective homebuyers to eliminate up to $40,000 in student loan debt while purchasing an eligible home through the Maryland Mortgage Program. After a successful pilot of Maryland SmartBuy in 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced an extension of the initiative in July 2018, greatly expanding the number of homes eligible under the program.
“In Maryland, nearly 60 percent of all of our college students are graduating with thousands of dollars in student debt. This financial burden prevents many young Marylanders from achieving financial security and is a roadblock to homeownership and saving for retirement,” said Governor Hogan. “Today, our administration is proud to celebrate a very successful inaugural year of Maryland SmartBuy 2.0, through which Maryland homebuyers have eliminated millions of dollars in student debt while settling down right here in our great state.”
To support Maryland SmartBuy 2.0, Governor Hogan provided $3 million for the program in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Due to demand, DHCD provided an additional $3 million in bridge funding through the Down Payment and Settlement Assistance Program, eliminating a total of $6 million in student debt, an average of $28,000 per participant. For Fiscal Year 2020, Governor Hogan has doubled the program’s original funding to $6 million.
In addition to this critical initiative, Governor Hogan introduced the Student Debt Relief Act for both the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions. This legislation would have allowed Marylanders to deduct 100 percent of the interest paid on their student loans from their income tax return and would have expanded the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program to include four-year Maryland public institutions. The legislature failed both times to act on these proposals.
“Maryland SmartBuy is the first program of its kind in the nation designed to address the decline in homeownership rates among younger, millennial Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “The program was an immediate success, quickly becoming a national model for similar programs, and, under Governor Hogan’s leadership, we have continued to expand and adapt this innovative initiative to empower more Maryland homebuyers to erase their student debt while securing their piece of the American dream of homeownership.”
Maryland SmartBuy’s mortgage loans are provided through DHCD’s Maryland Mortgage Program, the state’s flagship homeownership assistance program for nearly 40 years. Traditionally, the program provides fixed-term mortgages, primarily to first-time homebuyers, along with down payment and closing cost incentives.
First Lady Yumi Hogan Visits Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative
On June 28, First Lady Yumi Hogan visited Parks and People’s offices to view progress of the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative, a multi-agency pilot project to create the area’s first natural dye farm and processing site. The Parks and People Foundation is serving as host site for the project at their 9-acre LEED Platinum headquarters and campus in west Baltimore. The initiative is supporting urban farming, economic opportunities, community redevelopment, international relations, and the arts in Maryland. The meeting followed an initial visit to the site on March 15 of this year.
The Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative is a result of Governor Hogan’s trade mission to Asia and a subsequent visit to South Korea by First Lady Yumi Hogan. The First Lady was inspired to pilot the initiative after touring the Natural Dyeing Cultural Center in South Korea. Parks and People has agreed to serve as host site for the farm, and coordinate partners and activities from March 2019 through September 2020.
On her visit, the First Lady witnessed development of the farm operation, where grassy meadows and empty planting beds have been transformed into neatly planted row crops that will serve as raw material for educational, artistic and commercial applications. This first spring planting included:
- 193 Asian Indigo plants
- 550 Black Eyed Susans (planted with help from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development staff)
- 25 Tropical Indigo plants
- 270 Marigolds
- 76 Woad plants
In its first growing season, the initiative is working through challenges of a new farming operation, including adapting a variety of crops, and visits by deer, who seem to be particularly interested in the Tropical Indigo varieties. The visit included a tour of the grounds to see all of the planted beds, a seed starting operation, and a demonstration of the natural dye activity that will be part of Parks and People’s summer youth program. The project currently employs two part-time farmers who are guiding the growth of the crops as well as leading educational activities with local students. Crops will be further utilized by college students at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) learning about using natural materials in development of inks and textile arts and promoting the use of natural dyes for artistic or commercial applications.
Annually, the initiative will introduce and engage more than 500 Baltimore City youth and countless visitors to the project through Parks and People educational programs. High school interns enrolled in Parks and People’s Branches program are helping the farmers maintain the farm as an introduction to careers in agriculture and participated in an all-day dye activity on July 2. Harvesting will begin the second week in July and continue through the summer. The First Lady plans to return in August to help with harvesting.
The funding partners, providing a combined $300,000 to support the pilot project, include the Maryland Department of Commerce through the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (providing $100,000 through the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative), the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp. (MARBIDCO), and the Baltimore Development Corp.
Governor Hogan Announces Drop in Homelessness Rate in Maryland
Point-in-Time Count Reveals Nearly 9.5% Decrease in Homelessness Since 2017
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that overall homelessness in Maryland has been reduced by 9.47% since 2017, according to data from the 2019 Point-in-Time Count. The number of chronically homeless individuals dropped by 14.8% and veterans experiencing homelessness declined by 8.58%. Conducted by the state’s 16 designated Continuums of Care and supported by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Point-in-Time Count is a count and survey of homeless persons on a single night in January by local homelessness service providers. The count serves as a snapshot of the scope and scale of homelessness in Maryland’s communities and is required as a condition of funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“We have made significant progress in preventing homelessness in Maryland by partnering with local housing and community development programs, and their good work and dedication are integral to our efforts,” said Governor Hogan. “We have improved the administration and delivery of state and federal resources, and have supported significant projects that have contributed to this impressive reduction.”
In 2017, the Maryland General Assembly approved Governor Hogan’s proposed legislation to streamline administration of the majority of the state’s homelessness service programs. Previously, the six programs serving Maryland’s homeless were spread between the Department of Human Services and the Department of Housing and Community Development. All six programs were consolidated into one Homelessness Solutions Program, creating a more efficient process for funding and reporting; aligning state funding goals with federal requirements and national best practice trends; providing more local flexibility and control over spending; and expanding supportive housing options. Due in large part to the program improvements, during Governor Hogan’s first term, the State of Maryland provided over $47 million for services to more than 76,000 people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless statewide.
Specific projects and activities supported by the Homelessness Solutions Program and other housing and community development programs include:
- The opening of the Lower Shore Shelter in Somerset County, previously the only county in Maryland without a shelter.
- The financing of HELP Veterans Village, which provides 75 units of newly renovated and newly constructed housing for at-risk and formerly homeless veterans at the Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County.
- Support for local initiatives that assisted Montgomery County in placing more than 416 chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing since January 1, 2016, becoming one of the largest communities in the country to effectively end chronic homelessness.
- A grant award to expand emergency cold-weather sheltering for homeless individuals in Charles County.
- Project C.O.R.E. support for Restoration Gardens 2 in Baltimore City, which provides 42 efficiency units for homeless youth and those aging out of foster care coupled with supportive services including case management, life skills training, and workforce development.
- A recent symposium which attracted over 200 providers and youth from across the state to strategize on how to effectively address youth homelessness.
“The state’s responsive and responsible investment has played a pivotal role in serving homeless and potentially homeless Marylanders,” said Housing Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Our agency will continue to deploy its resources thoughtfully and compassionately to do the most good for the most people.”
For more information about the Homelessness Solutions Program, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/HomelessServices.
This article was previously published in the June/July 2019 issue of Maryland Realtor magazine.
Sell More With Maryland!
Happy Homeownership Month from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Mortgage Program! Each June we celebrate the American dream of homeownership and its ability to create positive economic growth for our families and our communities. Purchasing a home is perhaps the largest investment a family will ever make, and it’s often their key to unlocking long-term financial stability. Stable, informed, and invested homeowners form the foundation for thriving communities across Maryland and our nation. National Homeownership Months affords us a moment to reflect on the profound power of our industry and how we can remove barriers to homeownership opportunities in Maryland.
In the past decade, one of the most significant barriers to homeownership that has emerged is student debt. Studies show graduates with student debt wait, on average, seven years longer to purchase their first home because of that financial burden. We want to help people put down roots and grow their families and careers in Maryland as soon as possible. One of the best ways to support that goal is to help these prospective buyers remove student debt as a barrier to owning a home.
This was the rationale behind the creation of Maryland SmartBuy, the first government homeownership program in the country to actively mitigate student debt as part of the home purchase. When it was launched, the program enabled homebuyers with student debt to purchase select properties from the department’s REO portfolio. Since then, the program has evolved and expanded, and now SmartBuy can be used to purchase any home in Maryland if the property and buyer both meet the requirements of the Maryland Mortgage Program.
SmartBuy has been an incredible success. In its current, expanded form, the program has helped 160 Marylanders saddled with student debt purchase homes with an estimated total sales volume of $35.5 million. The program helped retire $4.5 million of outstanding student debt. The average purchase price of these homes is $250,000 and homebuyers had an average of $27,300 in student debt completely forgiven. In fact, SmartBuy has proven so successful that Governor Larry Hogan requested that program funding be significantly increased in his most recent budget proposal. Thankfully, the General Assembly agreed with Governor Hogan, and I am pleased to announce that funding for Maryland SmartBuy has been doubled from $3 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to $6 million for Fiscal Year 2020.
This increase in funding could not come at a better moment. In addition to marking National Homeownership Month, June is also traditionally a month of graduations. A whole new class of graduates will begin their transition from students into this new phase of their lives. These graduates can be potential homebuyers thanks to Maryland SmartBuy.
If you have any questions about Maryland SmartBuy or the Maryland Mortgage Program, please get in touch. Best wishes for a productive and pleasant Homeownership Month.
Assistant Secretary, Division of Development Finance
Director, Community Development Administration
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Governor Hogan Announces 4,000th Unit of Blight Marked for Elimination in Baltimore City
Effort Represents the Largest Coordinated Blight Removal in State History
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the major milestone of 4,000 units of blight marked for elimination through Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise), a city-state partnership to revitalize Baltimore City. He was joined by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, state and local partner agencies, and community members for a Maryland Stadium Authority-managed demolition of blighted units in East Baltimore.
“Today, we celebrate an incredible milestone through our transformative Project C.O.R.E. Initiative in eliminating 4,000 blighted units from Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “When we launched in 2016, we committed nearly $100 million to partner with the city for this historic multi-year initiative. All of these efforts are about taking our communities back, renewing hope and opportunity, and truly changing Baltimore City and Maryland for the better.”
The demolition at the 1700 block of North Bradford Street in Baltimore marked the 4,000th unit of blight released for demolition, deconstruction, or stabilization since the initiative was announced in 2016. The state has provided $75 million for blight removal activities, matched by more than $50 million from Baltimore City. This historic investment by the State of Maryland has triggered nearly $420 million in financing for revitalization efforts in Baltimore City through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and has leveraged an additional $1.8 billion in private, public, and philanthropic dollars.
“Project C.O.R.E. has been an essential tool in our revitalization strategy,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This partnership has provided significant new resources for our community development work in Baltimore City. In addition, this effort has cleared the way for new green space, new affordable and mixed-use housing, new opportunities for small business owners, and new opportunities for our city to grow stronger.”
“Project C.O.R.E. is an unprecedented partnership that is serving as a national model for blight elimination,” said Secretary Holt. “We will continue to build upon the momentum we’ve already created to help revitalize Baltimore.”
For more information about Project C.O.R.E., visit: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/ProjectCORE/.
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Project C.O.R.E. Milestones: Removing 4,000 Units Of Blight
“Fixing what is broken in Baltimore requires that we address the sea of abandoned, dilapidated buildings infecting entire neighborhoods. Together, we will transform these neighborhoods from centers for crime and drugs, to places our city, and our entire state, can be proud of. Working with the private sector to invest in projects like affordable housing, retail, and other new businesses will help ensure that Baltimore becomes a better place to live, work, and retire.”
– Governor Larry Hogan, January 5, 2016
January 5, 2016: Governor Hogan Launched Project C.O.R.E.
- Governor Hogan Announces Launch Of Project C.O.R.E., A $700 Million “Unprecedented” Project Focused On Eliminating Blight, Encouraging Redevelopment And Investment In Baltimore City. “Under the new plan, called Project C.O.R.E, the Maryland Stadium Authority will oversee the demolition of vacant structures jointly approved by city and state leaders. About $75 million in state dollars will go to demolition over four years with another $19 million coming from the city. In addition, the state plans to offer about $600 million in financing opportunities from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for redevelopment of the sites, including more than $150 million in the current fiscal year. The spending will go before the Maryland General Assembly and Baltimore City Council for approval.” (Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger, “Gov. Hogan Announced $700M Plan To Target Urban Decay In Baltimore,” The Baltimore Sun, 1/5/16)
September 2016: Project C.O.R.E. Demolition Began
- Two Separate Sites In East And West Baltimore Were Demolished Under Project C.O.R.E., Marking The Beginning Of The First Phase Of Project C.O.R.E. “In partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority and Baltimore City, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently kicked off blight elimination activities under Governor Larry Hogan’s Project C.O.R.E. initiative. In September, demolition of two separate sites in east and west Baltimore took place, marking the official launch of Project C.O.R.E.’s first phase.” (Press Release, “A New Canvas For Baltimore: Project C.O.R.E. Demolition Begins In Baltimore City,”Maryland Department Of Housing And Community Development, 10/12/16)
December 9, 2016: Announced Demolition Of Madison Park North Apartments, Additional $16 Million In Demolition Grants For 30 Projects
- Governor Hogan Announced That “Murder Mall” Would Be Demolished Under Project C.O.R.E.; Property Will Be Transformed To Include New Housing And Retail. “Demolition crews were poised to begin tearing down the Madison Park North apartments in Baltimore Friday morning, but the crowd that had gathered to celebrate the occasion wasn’t cooperating. Onlookers surged toward Gov. Larry Hogan and other speakers, jostling for a glance at the list of the first 30 neighborhood projects to receive grants through the state’s Project CORE demolition program. Organizers pleaded with the people to move back… Hogan was in Baltimore Friday to announce nearly $16 million for 30 projects, including the redevelopment of the Madison Park North site.” (Natalie Sherman, “Maryland Announces $16 Million In Demolition Grants In Community Projects,” The Baltimore Sun, 12/9/16)
October 4, 2017: Hogan Administration Celebrated Over 1,000 Blighted Units Removed Through Project C.O.R.E.
- Governor Hogan Announced That Through Project C.O.R.E. Over 1,000 Blighted Units Were Removed And That Over $570 Million In Private And Nonprofit Sector Investments Had Been Leveraged. “Gov. Larry Hogan says more than 1,000 blighted, vacant properties have been removed in Baltimore. In a partnership with the city, Hogan said Wednesday 1,154 units have been demolished and 32 have been stabilized for a total of 1,186 units of blight removed through the end of fiscal year 2017…Hogan also says the state has announced winners of nearly $15 million in awards for Project C.O.R.E. demolition and redevelopment funds. Since the initiative started, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has made 65 awards totaling more than $33 million and leveraging nearly $570 million.” (“Hogan: More Than 1,000 Blighted Properties Removed In Baltimore,” Associated Press, 10/4/17)
October 26, 2017: Governor Hogan Announced Walbrook Mill Redevelopment Project
- Governor Hogan Announced A Plan Under Project C.O.R.E. To Redevelop Walbrook Mill In West Baltimore To Transform The Area To Include New Housing And Retail Options, As Well As Dedicated Space For Future Workforce Development Opportunities. “Walbrook Mill, a five-acre abandoned lumber yard in close proximity to Coppin State University, will be redeveloped in phases, beginning with today’s demolition of a blighted warehouse building… The plan for the site, at full build out, is to include approximately 140 affordable and market rate rental apartments and townhomes, 9,000 square feet of North Ave commercial and retail space, and includes the rehabilitation and reuse of approximately 32,000 square feet of existing lumber warehouse space to be dedicated to workforce development opportunities.” (Press Release, “Governor Larry Hogan Kicks Off Walbrook Mill Redevelopment At Project C.O.R.E. Celebration,” Office Of The Governor, 10/26/17)
March 27, 2018: Governor Hogan Announced The Latest Phase Of Project C.O.R.E.
- The Latest Phase Of Project C.O.R.E. Designates 500 Properties That Are Considered To Be Contributing Factors To Violent Crime For Priority Demolition. “A new phase of Project C.O.R.E. was announced Tuesday. Project C.O.R.E is a plan to revitalize Baltimore. It includes demolishing vacant and condemned buildings and replacing them with green spaces or redevelopment. The plan was established two years ago. Tuesday Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Catherine Pugh announced the project’s newest phase which includes expediting the demolition of more than 500 buildings designated as contributing factors to violent crime.” (“500+ Properties To Be Demolished In Baltimore,” WMAR, 3/27/18)
July 2, 2018: Grand Reopening Of Ambrose Kennedy Park
- “Long-Neglected” Park In Baltimore City’s Johnston Square Received Improvements As A Result Of Project C.O.R.E. Investments. “The revitalization of Ambrose Kennedy Park contributes to the ongoing redevelopment of the Johnston Square neighborhood, including efforts to expand homeownership and a rental opportunities near Greenmount Avenue and Chase Street. DHCD has supported these activities through BRNI and Project C.O.R.E. Project C.O.R.E. – or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise – is a multi-year initiative to demolish Baltimore’s vacant properties.” (Press Release, “A New Canvas For Baltimore: Ambrose Kennedy Park Revitalizes Recreation In Johnston Square,” Maryland Department Of Housing And Community Development, 7/1/18; Fern Shen, “A Long-Neglected Park In Johnston Square Is Finally Getting An Upgrade,”Baltimore Brew, 10/25/17)
October 22, 2018: Roberta’s House Groundbreaking
- Through Project C.O.R.E, Roberta’s House, A Grief Support Center Received $500,000 For The Acquisition And Demolition Of Vacant And Blighted Properties Located In The Area. “There’s a new center coming to Baltimore to help families of homicide victims. City and community leaders gathered in east Baltimore Sunday for the groundbreaking of the Roberta’s House Bereavement Center. The 22,000 square foot facility will offer grief support services and programs to families impacted by violence.” (Alexa Ashwell, “New Center To Help Victims Of Violence,” Fox Baltimore, 10/21/18; Maryland Department Of Housing And Community Development, 2/23/18)
November 1, 2018: Northwood Commons Groundbreaking
- A Year Prior, Lt. Governor Rutherford Announced The State’s Financial Support For Redevelopment Of Northwood Commons Through Project C.O.R.E. “More shopping is on the way for Morgan State University students and other residents in the northeast Baltimore area. Ground was broken today on what will become Northwood Commons, replacing the existing Northwood Plaza Shopping Center. The new shopping venue will include a Barnes & Noble college bookstore along with a number of restaurants. The Morgan State University Public Safety Department will also have an office there.” (Bryna Zumer, “Groundbreaking Held For Revamped Northwood Shopping Center,” Fox Baltimore, 11/1/18)
November 1, 2018: Restoration Gardens II Ribbon Cutting
- Restoration Gardens II, The Second Permanent Housing Facility In Maryland For Homeless Youth Received Project C.O.R.E. Funds. “The developer of Maryland’s first and only permanent housing facility for homeless youth will soon build another 42 units of supportive housing for some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents. With the help of $400,000 from the department’s FY17 Project C.O.R.E. funds, Empire Homes Inc. will begin site preparations for Restoration Gardens 2, to be located on the 4200 block of York Road in the Pen Lucy neighborhood. These new apartments will support Restoration Gardens 1, a 43-unit facility catering to the same population that opened in the Park Heights neighborhood in 2010.” (Press Release, “A New Canvas For Baltimore: Restoration Gardens 2 Will Provide Haven For Homeless Youth,” Maryland Department Of Housing And Community Development, 4/12/17; Maryland Department Of Housing And Community Development)
June 13, 2019: Governor Hogan Announced That 4,000 Blighted Units Will Be Removed Through Project C.O.R.E.
- In Addition To The Removal Of 4,000 Blighted Units, Under Project C.O.R.E.:
- $100 Million Has Been Spent By The State On Demolition Of Blight
- $420 Million Has Been Provided By The State In Direct Financing For Revitalization And Housing Programs
- $1.8 Billion Has Been Leveraged In Private, Public, And Philanthropic Dollars Into Baltimore City Neighborhoods (Maryland Department Of Housing And Community Development)
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