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Hogan Administration Announces Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program Awards

Hogan Administration Announces Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program Awards
$24.2 million provided to seven local governments for projects and debt refinancing

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (September 24, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced more than $24.2 million in awards from the Local Government Infrastructure Program to seven local governments. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, program awards will support three capital projects and enable four localities to refinance existing debt for significant long term savings. Funds were generated by a pooled bond issuance that featured the lowest interest rates in the program’s history,

“The historically low interest rates in this Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program bond issuance is a testament to our prudent management of state resources and responsiveness to our local government partners,” said Governor Hogan. “The program creates a great opportunity for local jurisdictions to fund capital projects that benefit their community or to refinance existing loans to save money in their budgets with guidance and assistance from the state.”

The Local Government Infrastructure Financing program provides an efficient and economical means for smaller county and municipal governments to access capital markets in order to refinance debt or fund infrastructure projects for eligible local governments. The loans offer attractive rates and flexible terms. The program generates savings in the costs of borrowing by pooling the local demand from multiple jurisdictions and managing the bond issue. Throughout the process, program participants receive technical expertise and resources from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, including bond counsel and a financial advisor, to help local governments navigate successfully through the complexities of bond financing.

Three jurisdictions will use program funding for capital projects. The City of District Heights (Prince George’s) will use program funding to construct an addition to a municipal building to create a new senior community center with a small commercial kitchen, multipurpose rooms, a fitness room, lounge, and office space. The City of Havre de Grace (Harford) received assistance for water and sewer system improvements, including repair of an existing water tower and pump station upgrades. The City of Westminster (Carroll) will  use program funds to renovate the city’s community pool complex.

Four jurisdictions will refinance existing debt through the program to achieve long term savings. Combined, the City of Aberdeen (Harford), the Town of Oakland (Garrett), the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission, and the Somerset County Sanitary Commission will achieve an estimated savings of nearly $2.6 million through debt refinancing.

“The department’s financing initiatives provide necessary investment support for housing, businesses and local governments,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This is an example of how our lending capacity supports worthy projects.”

Since its creation in 1988, the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program has successfully administered 38 distinct bond issues that have raised over $528 million in capital for hundreds of projects in 70 different local jurisdictions. For more information on the LGIF program, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/lgif.

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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, 301-458-1995



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2021 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2021 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs
Funding Available from Community Legacy, the Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide and
Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (September 11, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the Fiscal Year 2021 application round for three State Revitalization Programs –  Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide (all non-Baltimore City) and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative.

These programs offer funding to support local housing, community and economic development, and other revitalization projects. 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.

If this is your first time applying to one of the aforementioned State Revitalization Programs, contact a regional project manager for more information and to determine your eligibility. For a map of regions and additional contact information, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Documents/SRP/PM-Map-ContactInfo.pdf.

Applications will be due on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. The application portal will be open Tuesday, September 15.

Community Legacy and Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide projects must be located in an area designated as a Sustainable Community by the State of Maryland. Projects can also be located in designated Opportunity Zones within Allegany, Garrett, Somerset and Wicomico Counties. To see your jurisdiction’s Sustainable Community or Opportunity Zone boundaries, please use the online revitalization mapping tool found at this website: https://www.dhcd.state.md.us/GIS/revitalize/index.html.

In addition to being located in a Sustainable Community, Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative projects should be located in an area targeted by an eligible program applicant.  

Projects should help achieve the strategies outlined in a local government’s Sustainable Communities plan. All Sustainable Community plans can be found online by visiting https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/dn/communities.aspx.

Application training will be hosted online at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15. To register for the application training, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3TPBjwzkgv7X-ol5OPJkA5UhjqMaRyvYhv-bdTXEb89bTWQ/viewform.

For additional program and application information, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/StateRevitalizationPrograms/default.aspx.

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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, 301-458-1995



Hogan Administration Opens Application Period for $16 Million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Hogan Administration Opens Application Period for $16 Million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants. Read more: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/09/09/hogan-administration-opens-application-period-for-16-million-in-maryland-eviction-prevention-partnership-grants/



PUBLIC NOTICE – UPDATED HEARING: Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period on 2019 Action Plan Community Development Block Grant Amendment

PUBLIC NOTICE
UPDATED HEARING DATE
Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period on 2019 Action Plan 
Community Development Block Grant Amendment

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 has been 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.

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 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) used to award funds to entitlements and states for federal fiscal year 2020. The State of Maryland, through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), was awarded $4,691,887 for non-entitlement communities (Round 1). HUD awarded an additional $1 billion to States. The State of Maryland, through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has been awarded $16,144,887 (Round 2) to be used for the entire state.

The CDBG-CV (Round 2) funds will be distributed as follows:

State Administration (5%)
$807,244
Technical Assistance (2%)
$322,897
Projects and Activities
$15,014,746
TOTAL
$16,144,887

For this grant, the State will only accept applications from county governments and the City of Baltimore (herein referred to as a county) through a competitive process. This limitation is an effort to address needs impacting the entire county.

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 August 31, 2020, and end September 4, 2020.

The State will hold a video conference public meeting to consider the adoption of the FY 2019 Action Plan. 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 State will participate in the meeting 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. This real-time virtual public hearing will take place on:

Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Join by phone: 1-617-675-4444
PIN:  207 797 104 8971#

The State will make every effort to accommodate those with disabilities by providing the meeting 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.

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR THE CDBG AMENDMENT TO 2019 ACTION PLAN

The Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan public review and comment period begins on August 31, 2020, and end September 4, 2020. A copy of the Amendment to the 2019 Action 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 amendment to the 2019 Action Plan a, 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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PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period on 2019 Action Plan Community Development Block Grant Amendment

PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice of a Public Review and Comment Period on 2019 Action Plan 
Community Development Block Grant Amendment

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 has been 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.

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 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) used to award funds to entitlements and states for federal fiscal year 2020. The State of Maryland, through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), was awarded $4,691,887 for non-entitlement communities (Round 1). HUD awarded an additional $1 billion to States. The State of Maryland, through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has been awarded $16,144,887 (Round 2) to be used for the entire state.

The CDBG-CV (Round 2) funds will be distributed as follows:

State Administration (5%)
$807,244
Technical Assistance (2%)
$322,897
Projects and Activities
$15,014,746
TOTAL
$16,144,887

For this grant, the State will only accept applications from county governments and the City of Baltimore (herein referred to as a county) through a competitive process. This limitation is an effort to address needs impacting the entire county.

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 August 31, 2020, and end September 4, 2020.

The State will hold two video conference public meetings to consider the adoption of the FY 2019 Action Plan. 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 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:

Monday August 31, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Join by phone: 1-617-675-4444
PIN: 871 479 737 9278#

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Join by phone: 1-617-675-4444
PIN: 879 874 187 5300#

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.

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR THE CDBG AMENDMENT TO 2019 ACTION PLAN

The Amendment to the 2019 Action Plan public review and comment period begins on August 31, 2020, and end September 4, 2020. A copy of the Amendment to the 2019 Action 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 amendment to the 2019 Action Plan a, 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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Governor Hogan Announces $10 Million in Grant Awards to Expand Broadband Access For Education

Governor Hogan Announces $10 Million in Grant Awards to Expand Broadband Access For Education
21 Jurisdictions Receive Additional Support To Increase Internet Access for Maryland Students
Includes $2 Million to Study Construction of New Statewide Educational Network
Expansion of Broadband to Close Gaps in Accessibility to Remote Learning

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 13, 2020) — Governor Larry Hogan today announced $10 million in grant awards to support expanded broadband access for education. The Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband has awarded nearly $8 million in grant assistance to increase internet access for Maryland public school students. Approximately $2 million will support feasibility and design studies for a new statewide wireless network solely dedicated for educational use.

The grant funding will be provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband.

“Our administration is committed to expanding broadband to every corner of our state, and as many local school systems prepare for remote or hybrid learning models in the fall, this access is more important than ever,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will support partnerships between the state, local governments, and internet service providers to ensure distance learning options are available and accessible for all Maryland students.”

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21 out Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions applied for and received additional resources. In urban areas where students have access to broadband infrastructure, the grants will be used to help currently unserved students obtain internet service from an existing provider. In rural areas where broadband infrastructure does not exist, the grants will be used to provide wireless access to students with cellular hotspots or similar resources. View the full list of grantees.

Funding will also support feasibility studies and design for a statewide fixed wireless network to further expand access for unserved students in rural areas. The Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband will work with local partners to incorporate existing vertical assets, such as communications towers and water towers, as part of the network infrastructure. This network is expected to be operational by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

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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, 301-458-1995



A New Canvas for Baltimore: Public Housing Becomes Park Space

A New Canvas for Baltimore: Public Housing Becomes Park Space

Project C.O.R.E. demolition at Gilmor Homes

Built in 1942, Gilmor Homes, 35-building public housing community in West Baltimore, is home to nearly 900 city residents, including, at one time, Freddie Gray whose death sparked civil unrest throughout the city in 2015. Earlier this year, six of Gilmor’s largest and most dilapidated buildings were demolished to create park space through an initiative created in the wake of that unrest – Project C.O.R.E., or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise.

Created by Governor Larry Hogan and managed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Project C.O.R.E. is a multi-year partnership between the state and the city to demolish or rehabilitate vacant and blighted properties in Baltimore City to create green space for redevelopment. Once green space is created through Project C.O.R.E., additional state funding often supports redevelopment of affordable housing, small businesses, community projects, or park space. 

Through Project C.O.R.E. the State of Maryland awarded $1 million to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for the demolition of Gilmor Homes’ six, large, walk-up buildings. Despite recent efforts to spur investment in the community and surrounding area, the four-story buildings remained in poor physical condition and were plagued by crime. The buildings could not be seen from the street, and their enclosed exterior stairwells provided concealment for illegal drug sales and other criminal activity. Baltimore City designated the community as a focus area under its Violence Reduction Initiative as part of Project C.O.R.E.’s mission to target blight in high-crime areas.

Project C.O.R.E. demolition at Gilmor Homes

Demolition at Gilmor Homes included the complete deconstruction and disposal of the six, four-story apartment buildings with basements – more than 130 units. Removal of these deteriorated walk-up buildings will improve  safety, and, with plans to develop the new vacant space into park, residents will soon enjoy new opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

Since its launch through Fiscal Year 2019, Project C.O.R.E. has demolished, rehabilitated, or stabilized more than 4,100 units. Through the initiative and supporting revitalization and housing programs, the State of Maryland has invested nearly $472 million in Baltimore City, leveraging more than $1.9 billion in other private, public and philanthropic dollars.

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Hogan Administration Announces Open Enrollment for Assisted Housing Relief Program

Hogan Administration Announces Open Enrollment for Assisted Housing Relief Program

Will Provide Four-Month Rebate Voucher For Renters Living in State-Financed Properties 

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Also Deploying Resources to Local Jurisdictions to Help Prevent Evictions

Statewide Moratorium on Evictions For Tenants Affected By COVID-19 Pandemic, First Enacted on March 16, Remains in Place During State of Emergency

Read more: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/07/24/hogan-administration-announces-open-enrollment-for-assisted-housing-relief-program/



Hogan Administration Announces $2.3 Million in First Round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Hogan Administration Announces $2.3 Million in First Round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants
Eight counties awarded funding to assist renters during COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW CARROLLTON, MD (July 20, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced eight counties will receive more than $2.3 million in the first round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants. 

“These awards reinforce my administration’s strong support for ensuring Marylanders stay safe and secure in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Hogan. “We are dedicated to assisting counties in their efforts to prevent eviction during these tough economic times.”

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer the grants, funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The $2.3 million distribution is the first wave of funding in the Hogan Administration’s promised $30 million program to prevent evictions across the state. These efforts, combined with the additional $30 million in efforts of local governments, represent more than $60 million dedicated to providing rental assistance for Marylanders. 

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 provide critical services to their residents.

“The Community Development Block Grant has been an important federal resource in Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. This funding is essential as local governments respond effectively to the impacts of COVID-19.

During the Hogan administration, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has administered over $51 million in CDBG assistance for more than 170 projects across Maryland.

Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership Awards

  1. Allegany County- $55,000
  2. Cecil County- $100,000
  3. Charles County- $200,000
  4. Frederick County- $722,129
  5. Kent County- $84,246
  6. Queen Anne’s County -$80,000
  7. Somerset County- $100,000
  8. Wicomico County- $1,000,000

TOTAL – $2,341,375

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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, 301-458-1995



Governor Hogan Announces $190 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations

Governor Hogan Announces $190 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations

New Nonprofit Recovery Initiative Will Be Focused On a Range of Organizations, Including Affordable Housing and Disability Providers
Investments Include $5 Million for Economically and Socially Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs, $3 Million for Arts Organizations
In Total, Governor Hogan Has Committed $475 Million In New Investments For Critical Sectors of Maryland’s Economy

Read more: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/06/30/governor-hogan-announces-190-million-in-covid-19-relief-for-small-businesses-higher-education-and-nonprofit-organizations/



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