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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Community Development Block Grant Awards as Part of Homelessness Initiative

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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Community Development Block Grant Awards as Part of Homelessness Initiative

Approximately $1.5 million awarded to programs serving the homeless

New Carrollton, MD (January 17, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced the recipients of special Fiscal Year 2018 grants through the Community Development Block Grant program. Awarded as part of a homelessness support services initiative, nearly $1.5 million will be distributed to programs in Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, Somerset, and Talbot counties, along with the Town of Oakland in Garrett County.

“The department is working every day to ensure that Maryland’s most vulnerable populations can live safely and comfortably,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We’re proud to serve as partners with organizations that share our commitment to ending homelessness in Maryland.”

Award recipients will undertake renovations to their facilities, add staff members, and cover operating costs to provide high-quality shelter and services. In Talbot County, for example, the Talbot Interfaith Shelter will use the funding to renovate an existing shelter, adding accessibility improvements to bathrooms and walkways and a wheelchair lift. The Town of Oakland plans to provide funding to construct three buildings for use as transitional housing for people who are homeless due to domestic violence.

Community Development Block Grant funds strengthen Maryland’s communities by aiding in the expansion of affordable housing opportunities, job creation, stabilizing neighborhoods and improving overall quality of life. The funds were provided to the department by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Fiscal Year 2018 Community Development Block Grant Homeless Initiative award recipients are:

Caroline County

  • St. Martin’s Ministries – $100,000

Carroll County

  • Human Services Programs of Carroll County – $158,092

Dorchester County

  • Delmarva Community Services, Inc. – $275,000

Somerset County

  • Catholic Charities, Inc.- $130,000
  • Somerset Committee for the Homeless, Inc. – $150,000

Talbot County

  • Talbot Interfaith Shelter – $74,000

Town of Oakland

  • Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Resource Center, Inc. – $609,620

 

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