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Hogan Administration Announces Additional $700,000 to Support Ellicott City Recovery Plan

Hogan Administration Announces Additional $700,000 to Support Ellicott City Recovery Plan

New Carrollton, Md. (April 17, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced $700,000 in additional funding to continue supporting recovery efforts in Ellicott City. The funding will support Howard County’s recently announced second phase of the EC Safe and Sound plan. The plan seeks to ensure public safety, support business and property owners, maintain Ellicott City’s historic charm, and develop a more inclusive, community-driven process.  

“The resilience of the people who call Ellicott City home has been truly inspiring, and this project is near and dear to my heart,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration is proud to  support this important next step, and will continue to work with our local partners to ensure this vibrant community continues to recover and thrive.”

In addition to the newly announced funding, the department provided disaster recovery assistance after floods in 2016 and 2018. The Maryland Business Recovery Loan Program provided 45 loans to small businesses totaling more than $4.5 million. Through the Maryland Disaster Housing Assistance Program, the department assisted 50 families with emergency rental assistance. Additionally, approximately $350,000 in loan and grant support was provided to homeowners for housing repairs. The department also previously awarded $500,000 from the Strategic Demolition Fund to rebuild a retaining wall near the top of Main Street.

“The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s resources played a crucial role in the state’s response to flooding in Ellicott City in both 2016 and 2018,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This investment will support our continued partnership with Howard County and other local stakeholders to rebuild and restore Ellicott City’s historic Main Street.”

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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



Weatherization Assistance Program Public Hearing Notice

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Housing and Building Energy Programs

Weatherization Assistance Program

Subject: Public Hearing

Date and Time: April 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Place: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), 7800 Harkins Road, Rm. 207, Lanham, MD 20706

A public hearing will be held to solicit comments on DHCD’s submission for the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) State Plan for 2019. Written comments for 2019 State Plan recommendations must be submitted and received no later than 4:00 p.m., April 20, 2019 to Mrs. Kiahnna Burney, WAP Program Manager, Energy Programs, at the above address.

Contact: Kiahnna Burney, Kiahnna.Burney@maryland.gov



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report

New Carrollton, MD (April 11, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today released its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report. During FY18, the department generated an economic impact of nearly $3 billion for the state, including nearly $50 million in state and local taxes. Department activity contributed to the creation of approximately 12,800 full-time equivalent jobs with $654 million in wages and salaries.

Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) experienced another successful year helping Baltimore City address blight. This partnership between the department, the Maryland Stadium Authority, and Baltimore City is projected to remove approximately 4,000 units of blight by the end of 2019. Through Project C.O.R.E. and other programs, the department has invested more $340 million in Baltimore during the life of the initiative, leveraging more than $1.3 billion in additional private, public and philanthropic investment. With its positive economic impact and commitment to community engagement, Project C.O.R.E. has become a national model for revitalization.

The department continued its high level of support for affordable rental housing. In Fiscal Year 2018, the department allocated nearly $438 million in rental housing financing and tax credits. With this investment, the department has provided more than $2 billion to create or preserve over 15,000 units of affordable rental housing throughout Maryland over the past four years.

In Fiscal Year 2018, the department enabled 1,840 Maryland families to achieve the dream of homeownership, providing $385 million in mortgages and down payment assistance. Maryland SmartBuy, the first government mortgage program in the country specifically designed to assist homebuyers saddled with student loan debt, has helped more than 100 homebuyers pay off an average of $26,000 in student debt per home purchase.

For more information on the department’s activities in Fiscal Year 2018, read the full report here: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Documents/PressReleases/DHCD_annual-report_2018.pdf.

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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 Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces
Fiscal Year 2020 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs
Funding Available from Project C.O.R.E., Community Legacy, the Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide, Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund and SEED: Community Development Anchor Institution Program

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (April 10, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the FY20 application round for six State Revitalization Programs – Project C.O.R.E, Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide (all non-Baltimore City), National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund, Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative and SEED: Community Development Anchor Institution Program.  

These programs offer funding to support various types of revitalization projects, such as housing, small business attraction and retention, arts and entertainment facilities, green spaces, etc. They are part of the department’s commitment to helping the state’s local governments and nonprofit agencies achieve their community revitalization and economic development goals.

Specifically, Governor Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget items, approved by the Maryland General Assembly, include the following:

  • Project C.O.R.E.: $18.75 million capital funds
  • Community Legacy: $6 million capital funds
  • Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide: $5.5 million capital funds
  • Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative: $12 million capital funds and $750,000 operating funds
  • National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund: $4 million capital funds
  • SEED: Community Development Anchor Institution Program: $5 million capital funds

Applications will be due on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m.  

This is the first year that the Department is launching a competitive application round for SEED. This fund provides competitive grants and loans to anchor institutions for community development projects in blighted areas of the state. Eligible applicants are anchor institutions that qualify as educational institutions and hospitals.  

Program information and eligibility is available on our website: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/StateRevitalizationPrograms.

Interested applicants should contact their State Revitalization Programs Regional Project Manager with additional questions.

APPLICATION TRAININGS

The Department will be offering three application trainings this year.  If interested in applying to one of the State Revitalization Programs, please attend ONE of the following trainings.   

  1. Monday, April 22, 2019, 10:00am – 12:30pm – click here to register          (Location: Crownsville)
  2. Monday, April 22, 2019, 1:30pm – 4:00pm – click here to register             (Location: Crownsville)
  3. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10:30am – 1:30pm – Click here to register        (Location: ONLINE WEBINAR)

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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



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

Notice is hereby given that the Community Development Administration (the “Administration”), a unit of the Division of Development Finance of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (the “Department”), will conduct a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in room 364 of the Department, which is located at 7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706. The public hearing will concern the plan of financing, including the loans funded from the proceeds of private activity bonds issued by the Administration and/or the State of Maryland (the “State”) acting through its Board of Public Works, for financing the acquisition, construction, renovation, rehabilitation or other costs of the multifamily residential rental housing projects listed below (the “Projects”) in an amount not to exceed the maximum aggregate amount of private activity bond obligations to be issued for such Projects as set forth below (or refunding of any obligation by other obligations in amounts up to such maximum aggregate principal amount). Additional information relating to the bonds to be issued and each Project is available by writing Diane Melton at the above address or calling 301-429-7710.

Notice: After April 1, 2019, all notices of public hearings concerning the issuance of bonds or other obligations to finance residential rental housing projects made pursuant to the requirement of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, only will appear on the Department’s website, which may be accessed at http://dhcd.maryland.gov

Name Of Project Number Units in Project Prospective Location by Street Address Initial owner, operator, or manager or an affiliate thereof or successor thereto Maximum Aggregate Amount of obligations to be issued
Willows at Windsor Village
and
Birchwood on Main
100 300-352 Friendship Road
and
150 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921 (Cecil County)
MBID of Delaware, LLC $13,500,000
Ox Fibre Brush Factory 83 400 E. Church Street
Frederick MD 21701 (Frederick County)
Hook Properties $13,000,000
Bon Secours Apartments 119 1801, 1802, 1804, 1807, 1808, 1810-1817, 1819-1822, 1824, 1825, 1827, 1836, 1837, 1839, 1840, 1842-1846, 1848, 1850, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1916-1920, 1926, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1941, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2025 & 2138 W. Baltimore Street
and
1-5 S. Fulton Street
Baltimore, MD 21223 (Baltimore City)
Unity Properties, Inc. $2,300,000
525 Aisquith Apartments 128 525 North Aisquith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202 (Baltimore City)
Mission First Development Corporation $18,000,000
Springford Gardens Apartments 38 2-39 Whitehall Circle
Elkton, MD 21921 (Cecil County)
Green Street Housing, LLC $8,000,000
School House Apartments 31 4-56 (even) & 5-11 (odd) Old School House Road
Port Deposit, MD 21904 (Cecil County)
Green Street Housing, LLC $8,000,000
Ivy Hills Apartments 37 100-122 & 124-140 (even) Ohio Street
Havre De Grace, MD 21078 (Harford County)
Ivy Hills Partnership, LLC $8,000,000

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments or present oral comments at the public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds, notes, or other obligations of the Administration and/or the State for the Projects being financed. Written comments or notice of intent to present oral comments should be received by the Administration on or before, April 15, 2019 and should be submitted to Diane Melton, Housing Development Programs, 7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706 or diane.melton@maryland.gov. Oral comments will be limited to presentations of no more than five (5) minutes per person.

Notice: After April 1, 2019, all notices of public hearings concerning the issuance of bonds or other obligations to finance residential rental housing projects made pursuant to the requirement of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, only will appear on the Department’s website, which may be accessed at http://dhcd.maryland.gov



MVLS and Maryland DHCD Launch Citywide “Homeowner” Campaign to Educate Baltimore City Residents about Estate Planning and Legal Homeownership

MVLS and Maryland DHCD Launch Citywide “Homeowner” Campaign to Educate Baltimore City Residents about Estate Planning and Legal Homeownership

“My Home, My Deed, My Legacy” Program Empowers Homeowners to Plan for the Future by Confirming their Name is on the Deed to their Property, Ensuring Housing Stability for Future Generations

BALTIMORE, March 21, 2019 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today launched the “Homeowner: My Home, My Deed, My Legacy” citywide public awareness campaign to educate Baltimore City residents – especially low-income residents – about the importance of estate planning and the critical need to confirm their name is on the deed to their property. Through a generous grant from the Maryland DHCD and services provided by MVLS, Baltimore City residents now have access to estate planning resources, including an online information hub (www.myhomemydeed.org), a “Homeowner” hotline (443-451-4066) and support from volunteer attorneys to walk them through the estate planning and deed confirmation process.

“We meet so many homeowners who think they legally own their home, but to their surprise, the house wasn’t passed properly and now they aren’t on the deed to their homes. This makes the resident defenseless against losing the home due to tax sale, foreclosure, and limited access to critical programs that can prevent and the home from falling into disrepair,” commented Susan Francis, deputy director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) and member of Baltimore City’s Commission for Aging and Retirement Education. “The Homeowner campaign will help ensure that the one wealth-building asset that most families have – their home – is able to stay in their family now and that the home will pass to future generations. We are grateful to align with the Maryland DHCD to execute this empowering program.”

In addition to raising awareness of legal homeownership and the deed recording process, the “Homeowner: My Home, My Deed, My Legacy” campaign will educate and inform the public about the estate administration process, the importance of wills and health care directives and steps to avoid probate.

“Through Governor Hogan’s Project C.O.R.E. initiative, we have worked with city leaders and community stakeholders to revitalize neighborhoods and build a brighter future for Baltimore,” said department Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Our partnership with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will help ensure that future includes local homeowners as the foundation for stable, thriving neighborhoods by connecting them with the professional guidance to protect their family’s most valuable asset.”

To learn more about the “Homeowner” program or to see if your name is listed on the deed to your home, please visit www.myhomemydeed.org.

About Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)

Founded in 1981 with a mission to provide access to justice for all, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) serves Maryland’s low-income residents by offering legal counseling and full representation for civil cases. MVLS matches clients with volunteer lawyers who represent them in a wide range of consumer, family and workforce re-entry situations, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, income tax disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, wills, estate planning, criminal record expungement, divorce/custody and deed changes. For more information about MVLS’ services, visit www.mvlslaw.org.

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For more information:
Bonnie Sullivan
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
phone: 443.451.4060
email: bsullivan@mvlslaw.org

Andrea Martin (on behalf of MVLS)
Andrea D. Martin Consulting, LLC
phone: 443.927.6183
email: andrea@consultmartin.com



2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $215,505

2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $215,505

The Maryland Environmental Trust has awarded 71 grants totaling $215,505 toward environmental education, community cleanup and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. Of those awards, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development funded 48 “Clean Up & Green Up Maryland” grants.

“Through a cooperative multi-agency partnership led by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Keep Maryland Beautiful program focuses on neighborhood beautification through increasing greening, citizen stewardship, community education, and litter removal,” explained Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “I’m gratified on behalf of the Hogan administration that we are able to support Keep Maryland Beautiful through substantial investment in the grants program, a partnership with Maryland Environmental Trust and Maryland Department of Transportation that is one of the most visible ways we are able to accomplish the overall Keep Maryland Beautiful mission.”

For more information about the 2019 Keep Maryland Beautiful grant awards, visit: https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2019/03/20/2019-keep-maryland-beautiful-grants-total-215505/

For more information about the Keep Maryland Beautiful program and how your community can participate, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/KMB

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Governor’s Photo Release: Governor Hogan Participates in Prince George’s County Opportunity Zone Roundtable

Governor’s Photo Release: Governor Hogan Participates in Prince George’s County Opportunity Zone Roundtable
Tours New Carrollton Redevelopment, Meets with Small Business Owners

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today hosted a roundtable discussion with small business owners, developers, and government officials on bringing small businesses to Maryland Opportunity Zones. Following the roundtable, he toured Urban Atlantic’s New Carrollton redevelopment project in Hyattsville, Md. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, who chairs the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force; Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks; Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz; Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt; Urban Atlantic Development Manager Alan Lederman; and additional state and local leaders and community members.

For more information, visit https://governor.maryland.gov/2019/03/19/photo-release-governor-hogan-participates-in-prince-georges-county-opportunity-zone-roundtable/

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Lt. Governor Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Host Eastern Shore Regional Summit

Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Host
Eastern Shore Regional Summit

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford and the Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force today hosted an Eastern Shore Regional Summit at the Truitt Street Community Center in Salisbury. The task force, chaired by Lt. Governor Rutherford, was created through Executive Order 01.01.2019.01, signed by Governor Hogan in January. This was the first of several regional summits to be held across the state in the coming months, designed to allow for local stakeholders in Opportunity Zones to provide feedback and information to the task force about the unique needs and existing resources in their communities.

For more information, visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/2019/03/14/photo-release-lt-governor-boyd-k-rutherford-maryland-opportunity-zone-leadership-task-force-host-eastern-shore-regional-summit/



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Investment in North East Biotech Company

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces
Investment in North East Biotech Company

$500,000 Partnership to Help Spur Investment in Cecil County Opportunity Zone

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (March 7, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced a $500,000 Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan to Clene Nanomedicine, a Cecil County biopharmaceutical company developing technology solutions for drug development.

“Clene Nanomedicine is exactly the kind of innovative, forward-thinking business we are trying to attract to Maryland’s Opportunity Zones,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This loan will help spur outside investment in Cecil County, and ensure an environment of economic opportunity that will transform and revitalize our most challenged communities.”

Clene Nanomedicine has created a manufacturing platform for a pipeline of new drug candidates with application across a spectrum of diseases with unmet medical needs, including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The company’s 21,0000-square-foot manufacturing facility is located in North East, MD, and they anticipate increasing their workforce by more than 15 percent in 2019.

The department’s $500,000 investment in Clene, Inc., follows a series of initiatives and legislation announced by Governor Larry Hogan to further expand the thriving Maryland Opportunity Zone program, including the Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rutherford. A total of $56.5 million will be dedicated to business development and improved job training.

The first Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force Regional Summit will be held on March 14, 2019, at 4:30 PM at the Truitt Street Community Center in Salisbury, located within a Wicomico County Opportunity Zone.

For more information, 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



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