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Maryland Announces Selection of State’s New Opportunity Zones

Maryland Announces Selection of State’s New Opportunity Zones

149 zones will provide development incentives for traditionally underserved areas of the state

New Carrollton, MD (April 20, 2018) The nominations of 149 Opportunity Zones across Maryland were announced today by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Department of Commerce as part of the Opportunity Zone program, a nationwide initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The program provides federal tax incentives for investment in distressed communities over the next 10 years. Areas designated as Opportunity Zones will be able to reap the benefits of capital gains to help redevelop underserved communities.

“The Opportunity Zone program allows Maryland to attract capital to energize the development of communities that have not traditionally seen private sector investment, and they will be a game-changer for Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “I’m excited to establish these zones and further leverage private, nonprofit and public sector funds, providing new opportunities for housing, retail and business growth to fuel the state’s economic engine and create jobs.”

Opportunity Zones will feature a new federal tax incentive designed to drive long-term private investment to these distressed communities. Investors will be able to defer and even reduce their federal tax liability on the sale of assets if they place their gains into an Opportunity Fund, which will pool capital and support investments in small businesses and real estate within the Opportunity Zones in order to improve communities and the quality of life for residents. The program is designed to be flexible; allowing a range of different types of investments, and unlike other federal tax credit programs, there is no authorized cap on the amount of capital that could be made available through Opportunity Zone investments. Once the U.S. Treasury has approved the state’s Opportunity Zone nominations, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer the program with support from the Maryland Department of Commerce.

“Opportunity Zones will mean more jobs in areas of the state that need them the most,” said Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill. “We expect that this program will supercharge economic growth in Maryland.”

For more information about Opportunity Zones and for maps of selected communities, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/OpportunityZones.

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CONTACTS:

Michael White, Chief of Staff, michael.white@maryland.gov, 301-429-7422

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

 



First Lady Yumi Hogan Celebrates Keep Maryland Beautiful; Launches New Anti-Litter Ad Campaign

First Lady Yumi Hogan Celebrates Keep Maryland Beautiful; Launches New Anti-Litter Ad Campaign

State awards nearly $2 million to support community clean-up and beautification

ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 16, 2018) – First Lady Yumi Hogan highlighted first-year accomplishments and launched a new transit advertising campaign for the Keep Maryland Beautiful program in a ceremony held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Back Creek Nature Park Campus. Officials also announced awards of nearly $2 million to support community clean-up initiatives and workforce development.

“Keep Maryland Beautiful encourages local activism and volunteerism for a cleaner and more beautiful community,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “With this new advertising campaign, we want to promote pride in our state and remind our citizens that by working together, they can make a difference in their neighborhoods and change Maryland for the better.”

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. Keep Maryland Beautiful is the officially designated state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to volunteer-based community improvement.

Joined by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman, and other state officials, the First Lady unveiled a sneak preview of new Keep Maryland Beautiful advertising to be featured on the interior and exterior of Maryland Transit Administration buses, as well as bus station platforms. Secretary Holt announced a number of Keep Maryland Beautiful program awards and initiatives, including:

  • Over $300,000 in Keep Maryland Beautiful grants to 82 local governments, nonprofits, community organizations, schools, and land trusts to support cleaning and greening activities, environmental education and stewardship practices. The grants are administered by the Maryland Environmental Trust, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and funded by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Department of Transportation.
  • Awards of up to $350,000 each to Living Classrooms Foundation, Inc. and CivicWorks Inc. to support their workforce development training programs to provide commercial façade and cleaning and greening improvements.
  • A Community Legacy program award of $500,000 to purchase 15 new all-terrain litter vehicles to pick up trash in Baltimore City.
  • Funding in the amount of $380,000 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Center for Restoration Finance to support park improvements and development in the Darley Park and Druid Heights neighborhoods.
  • More than $100,000 combined from the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to fund clean-up crews for Baltimore City trash hotspots and gateways into and out of the city.

“Keep Maryland Beautiful has had an extremely successful first year thanks in large part to facilitating partnerships,” said Secretary Holt. “Its foundation is the great relationship between the state and Keep America Beautiful and the cooperative efforts of multiple state agencies and organizations.”

“Our department is proud to be a partner in this outstanding way for communities to engage in environmental education, neighborhood beautification, and stewardship of natural resources,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “I’m encouraged by the success and continued growth of Keep Maryland Beautiful.”

In recognition of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program’s rapid implementation and success, Ms. Lowman announced that the 2019 Keep America Beautiful National Conference will be held in Baltimore City. The conference is the premier annual educational and networking forum presented by Keep America Beautiful for its affiliate network, partner organizations, and corporate sponsors. The conference attracts nearly 400 attendees and provides professional development and training in the best practices of litter prevention, recycling, and environmental stewardship.

For more information about Keep Maryland Beautiful, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/KeepMDBeautiful.

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



Maryland Adds Four New Sustainable Communities

Two Allegany County communities, along with one in Prince George’s County and another in Queen Anne’s County, are the newest additions to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Sustainable Communities Program. Since 2010, the department has designated 109 Sustainable Communities. The program provides local governments with a framework for promoting environmentally, economically and socially responsible growth and development in Maryland’s existing population centers. Participating local governments receive access to funding programs from a number of state agencies, including grants, loans, and tax credits.

Prince George’s County – Berwyn Heights

Located in the Indian Creek valley, Berwyn Heights is home to 3,100 people and was incorporated in 1896. The town is best known for its diverse architecture, which ranges from split-level houses made popular in the 1950s and 60s to stately Victorian homes. This includes the O’Dea House, a pattern book home first constructed in 1888 that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town blends its wealth of historical buildings with a modern vision. A designated Tree City USA community for more than 20 years, Berwyn Heights is making major improvements in energy efficiency. The town has partnered with Pepco to replace inefficient lighting in several town facilities with LED lighting, and also used the Smart Energy Community grant to replace two HVAC systems, leading to a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption. Berwyn Heights has made additional improvements that have enhanced the town’s walkability and recreational features, including bike lanes.

Allegany County – Lonaconing 

Home to the only remaining intact silk mill in the United States, Lonaconing is a small town with rural character. Its historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Lonaconing Furnace, a blast furnace for iron built in the 1800s. The former mining town is near many natural and recreational amenities, including Dans Mountain State Park. The town is in the process of installing a community garden that will include an area for composting, and also aims to expand its parks, green spaces and trees along Main Street and establish a weekly farmer’s market at the San Toy Theater site. By working with the Maryland Historical Trust and Preservation Maryland, they hope to facilitate the purchase and rehabilitation of the silk mill and intend to use the space in a community-oriented capacity.  

Allegany County – Westernport

The small town of Westernport, incorporated in 1859, can be found along the George’s Creek Valley. Once a major center for the United States coal industry, Westernport is home to two sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including a bridge and an archaeological dig site. The town hopes to improve water quality and attract young families and retirees alike by removing blight, improving aesthetics, promoting in-fill development and increasing senior services. By working with the Rural Maryland Council and local nonprofits, the town hopes to develop a parklet and establish and promote a weekly farmer’s market and community garden. Additionally, the Town is interested in attracting and retaining small businesses through economic development programs, such as commercial façade improvement programs and entrepreneurial training.

Queen Anne’s County – Church Hill

Located near Southeast Creek, the Town of Church Hill is the birthplace of Congressman Joshua Seney, who represented the state of Maryland in the Continental Congress and second district of Maryland in the House of Representatives in the late 1700s. Incorporated in 1876, the town was once the site of one of the earliest documented water mills on the central Eastern Shore. Church Hill is also home to four sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including two homes, a theater, and a church. They hope to make Southeast Creek a prominent part of the town experience by developing a town-wide hiker/biker trail, increasing the tree canopy, and performing stormwater outfall retrofits and shoreline restoration. The town has plans to promote its Main Street by developing a façade program, installing public arts and creating events that bring residents and visitors alike to the area. In partnership with Washington College, Church Hill plans to install public art in the cultural district and use the local theatre for more community-wide events.



Secretary Holt and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Staff Tour Easton Revitalization Projects

During National Community Development Week, Secretary Kenneth C. Holt and staff from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) visited the historic town of Easton in Talbot County. Led by Mayor Bob Willey and other town officials, Secretary Holt toured projects funded by state revitalization dollars, as well as the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the department.

 The first stop on the tour was the Port Street neighborhood. Here, two homes built in the 1860s are being renovated into four affordable apartments for moderate-income renters. The renovations retain the historical character of the building while modernizing the inside of the homes. Original features, such as exposed brick, have been retained. More than $350,000 was awarded through DHCD’s Neighborhood Conservation Initiative for acquisition and renovation of these homes.  Across the street, state Strategic Demolition Funds supported the removal of several blighted buildings. The cleared space will be redeveloped by the Talbot Housing Commission with brand-new Net Zero homes for sale at affordable prices. Further up the street, Habitat for Humanity Choptank has been renovating additional homes with help from CDBG funds. Funding from the department’s Community Legacy Program was also used to complete a network of sidewalks in the neighborhood.

Next, the group visited “The Hill” community of Easton, the first free African-American community in the United States, featuring homes dating to the late 1860s through the 1880s. DHCD awarded Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Funds and CDBG funding for the renovation of historic homes that will be sold to low and moderate income families. The first of six historical homes have begun renovations, and some of the subcontractors on the project are direct descendants of Frederick Douglass. The historic Buffalo Soldier House, which was built by a Civil War veteran in 1879 and later occupied by a soldier from one of the first peacetime all-black regiments in the U.S. Army, will also be restored with DHCD funding as part of this project.

The secretary then had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Channel Marker, a psychiatric rehabilitation program that provides services  to adults in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester County. Thanks to $350,000 in CDBG funding, the program was able to expand, moving from an inadequate 5,500 square foot facility into a nearly 19,000 square foot building with common areas for clients to mingle, a gym, a larger kitchen and additional office space.

The tour ended at a former laundry building that is now home to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and several other nonprofits and businesses. Funding from Community Legacy and the Neighborhood BusinessWorks small-business lending program helped finance the renovation of the building, keeping many historic features such as bubble glass windows and exposed brick while still receiving LEED certification for its modern environmental and energy conservation features.

“The money is being put to good use, it really is,” said Mayor Willey. “We’re not used to this type of response from state government.”

“We are excited in Easton about the activity we have going on,” Town Manager Don Richardson added. “We thank [DHCD] for all the effort [they] bring to the table.”

To see more photos from the tour, visit http://bit.ly/EastonTour2018.



Community Development Block Grant Brings Potable Water to Allegany County Homes

With help from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, two Allegany County communities now have access to clean drinking water for the first time. A $400,000 Community Development Block Grant helped fund the water

Prior to being connected to the county water supply, several residences in the Prince Albert area were only able to receive water via a homemade siphon in a nearby creek.

project, which supports homes in the Prince Albert and Sunnyside communities near Mount Savage. The $1.4 million project also received $956,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture and $300,000 from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The need for the project was critical.  In Sunnyside, 43 houses were not connected to the public water supply and in Prince Albert, an additional 18 households had no access to public water. According to David Nedved, who oversees community development, grants and special projects for  the Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development, four homeowners in the Prince Albert area had set up a sump pump in the creek which they shared to provide water to their homes. In Sunnyside, where there had previously been underground mining, the water was drinkable, but was orange-tinted due to the presence of iron. Residents had “an extremely hard time” in the winter with the frozen creek, Nedved said, and heavy rains through the rest of the year would make the water too muddy to use or consume. Other residents had to add chlorine to their water for purification, and would purchase as much as 50 gallons of bottled water monthly for cooking and drinking.

Water from a former underground mine in Sunnyside that served as the supply for households was muddy and orange-tinted due to high levels of iron.

Nedved said they finished connecting both communities to the water in October 2017. More than 12,400 linear feet of PVC pipe was used in the implementation of both projects, and 25 new fire hydrants were added between the two.

Nedved described the department as “a godsend for this area. We couldn’t have done these projects without this funding.”  He added that, in just his tenure with the county government, he estimated that DHCD has assisted more than 3,000 people through similar CDBG-funded projects. Residents, Nedved said, are happy to have “better, more reliable water.”



A New Canvas for Baltimore: Humanim Takes Innovative Approach to Rebuilding Baltimore City

With help from Maryland’s Project C.O.R.E., a Baltimore City-based nonprofit is expanding their unique approach to blight removal and job creation. Working along McKean Avenue in the city’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, Details, a part of the nonprofit Humanim, is using Project C.O.R.E. funds for the deconstruction of dilapidated rowhouses. Deconstruction differs from demolition in that homes are taken apart by hand, piece by piece. In addition, each worksite entails the employment of 10 or more workers, many more than the usual demolition site.

The homes on McKean are part of a projected 300 buildings citywide that will be deconstructed using Project C.O.R.E. funding over the next year. The homes chosen for deconstruction were selected by Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development in consultation with the community and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Reclaimed materials from homes deconstructed through Details Deconstruction are sold to the public at the Brick + Board store on N. Howard Street in Baltimore City.

Last year, Details finished deconstructing the selected homes along the eastern side of the 1500 block of McKean Avenue. This left open space that was then redesigned by the community as a park that opened in April 2017. Currently the Details team is working on the deconstruction of 18 homes on the western side of the same street. According to Details director Jeff Carroll said,  this work is expected to take about five weeks to finish. When completed, more green space will be available, and the community is considering how to activate the space..

Deconstructing the homes has some unique advantages, Carroll said. Rather than destroying the brick and wood in the homes through demolition, the usable materials are saved and reclaimed from the sites. They are then sorted offsite and resold across the country and even internationally. Of the homes being worked on currently, Carroll said the materials in more than half were in good shape. They expect to reclaim between 8,000 to 9,000 feet of lumber from this project, along with more than 56,000 bricks.

Vacant houses awaiting deconstruction occupy the western side of the 1500 block of McKean Avenue.

Job creation is also a vital part of their work; in fact, Carroll described it as “the primary goal.” Between 75-80 percent of their employees have spent time in prison and are now re-entering their communities and the workforce. Often, for people with a prison record, obtaining employment seems like an impossible obstacle. “These individuals need that first job, but it’s difficult for them,” Carroll said. “For many, this is their first, and now they’re excelling.”

Carroll described Humanim’s partnership with the department as a “game-changer.” “This particular venture…is really transformative in the opportunity to create a highway for individuals who have been released back into the workforce,” Carroll said. “None of it is doable without the partnerships. DHCD sees the value of the social impact, and those funds have been the catalyst for expanding this effort . …It goes beyond just taking down buildings.”

Lifelong Baltimorean Damon Toogood is now a foreman with Details,  overseeing projects in the Park Heights area of northwest Baltimore. He began working with Details not long after being released from prison four years ago, and, motivated by the thought of his children and family, he worked hard and now owns his own home and is proud of the direction his life has taken.

“I’m now able to take care of my own house without having to call someone,” Toogood said. “I came from a place where I wasn’t happy at all, and Details has helped me a lot. My mom doesn’t worry about me anymore. I was selling drugs, getting locked up….getting the same results from doing the same things.”

Toogood added that he was grateful to Humanim and Details for “giving [him] a chance when no one else would.”

“It was rough. At first, I didn’t like it,” Toogood said. “But I knew it would keep me off the streets. If I could get everyone who’s on the streets right now selling drugs a job, I would. I wish I’d had this a long time ago.”

“A New Canvas for Baltimore” is a regular series covering Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise). Project C.O.R.E. will clear the way for new green space, new affordable and mixed use housing, and new opportunities for small business owners in Baltimore City. The initiative will generate jobs, strengthen the partnership between the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland and lead to safer, healthier and more attractive communities. For more information on Project C.O.R.E., visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/ProjectCORE/



Governor Larry Hogan Announces Latest Phase of Project C.O.R.E. Initiative

For immediate release:
March 27, 2018
Contact:
Shareese Churchill shareese.churchill@maryland.gov
410-974-2316

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Latest Phase of Project C.O.R.E. Initiative
Over 500 Properties Targeted for Removal As Part of Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime in Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new phase in Project C.O.R.E, Maryland’s ongoing initiative to revitalize Baltimore City by demolishing vacant and derelict buildings in Baltimore and replace them with green space or redevelopment. Project C.O.R.E., or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise, is a multi-year city-state partnership established in 2016. As part of this new phase, over 500 properties that have been designated by Baltimore City as contributing factors to violent crime will be slated for priority demolition by the Maryland Stadium Authority. Governor Hogan was joined by Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, and Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman Tom Kelso.

“Today, we are building on the incredible momentum of Project C.O.R.E. and using this unprecedented partnership to address the violent crime crisis in Baltimore City,” said Governor Hogan. “All of these efforts are about taking our communities back, renewing hope, opportunity, and enterprise, and making our streets safer and our neighborhoods healthier.”

Governor Hogan and Mayor Pugh provided details on Project C.O.R.E.’s new phase and expanded focus to assist in crime reduction in front of vacant properties in the 1000 block of N. Stockton Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. After demolition of the Stockton Street properties and additional vacant properties on neighboring Smithson Street, the area will be redeveloped to create Smithson Park as part of Baltimore’s Green Network Plan, an effort to foster community revitalization by creating an interconnected system of green spaces throughout the city.

“Reducing violence and crime effectively requires addressing the root causes of hopelessness that then inevitably results in crime,” said Mayor Pugh. “Through Project C.O.R.E. and our partnership with Governor Hogan and the State, we are able to expedite the demolition of 500 abandoned buildings which provide a haven for criminal activity in neighborhoods most at risk. It is among my administration’s highest priorities to create a new era of neighborhood investment to improve the quality of life of all citizens, and particularly our young people who need green spaces and suitable recreation facilities.”

Since the launch of Project C.O.R.E., the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has provided $33 million to support demolition for 65 projects that have leveraged nearly $570 million in additional nonprofit and private sector investment for redevelopment. As of January 1, 2018, more than 1,400 units of blight have been removed through Project C.O.R.E. After completion of Project C.O.R.E.’s demolition phases, the department will invest an estimated $600 million through its existing affordable housing and community development programs to continue revitalization efforts.

“Project C.O.R.E. is one of the largest and most ambitious initiatives in the history of our department, and it will transform Baltimore,” said Secretary Holt. “Because of Project C.O.R.E.’s incredible potential, we have worked directly with the local leaders and stakeholders in impacted areas to make sure we respond to the unique redevelopment needs of each community and create safe, sustainable neighborhoods for current and future residents.”

For more information about Project C.O.R.E., visit: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/ProjectCORE/.

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



Legal Notices: Updating Maryland’s Annual Plan

Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State’s Consolidated Plan.  

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities.  Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and moderate-income persons. In addition to being a planning document, the Consolidated Plan also serves as the State’s application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunity With AIDS (HOPWA) and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF).  These funds are used primarily in the State’s rural areas, as many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury receive their own funding directly from HUD. DHCD expects to receive about $4.1 million in HOME funding, $7.1 million in CDBG funding, $1 million in ESG funding, $1.8 million in HOPWA funding and $3 million in HTF funding FFY 2018. Due to Congressional matters final funding may not be determined until after public participation has occurred. DHCD will address possible adjustments in funding in this year’s plan.

In addition to the above, it should also be noted that the Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD’s competitive grant programs.  Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State’s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer’s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan.

In developing its five-year Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources on four main priorities:  Revitalizing Communities, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, Providing Homeownership Opportunities and Reducing Homelessness. The Annual Plan update (which will be for the fourth year of the current Five Year Plan) will establish one-year goals for these priorities.  It is to this purpose that we are holding public hearings – to gain input regarding how to carry out these goals in the coming year.

At this point, nothing has been written for the draft Annual Plan update.  These hearings are to gather initial input about what should be in the draft Annual Plan. It should be noted that HUD has changed the Annual Plan from a written document to a largely online tool using pre-filled data. DHCD will then write a draft Annual Plan, using the new online system using the data that HUD has provided, which will be released for 30 days of public comment (including written comment) at the beginning of May, 2018.  After the public has had several weeks to review the draft Annual Plan, a second set of hearings will be held beginning around the third week in May.  Additional comments, recommendations, and suggestions will be taken during these hearings (and during the full public comment period), with the final version of the Annual Plan submitted to HUD on or around June 18, 2018.

The first set of hearings on the development of the draft Annual Plan will be held at the following dates, times, and places:

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Towson Library

320 York Road

Wilson Room

Towson, Maryland  21204

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

Caroline County Central Library

100 Market Street

Small Meeting Room

Denton, Maryland  21629

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Fairview Branch Library

Small Meeting Room

Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road

Owings, Maryland  20736

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Allegany County Office Complex

701 Kelly Road

Potomac Room 230

Cumberland, Maryland 21502

 

All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities.  Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend.  Any questions or comments should be directed to me at the address, phone numbers, or e-mail listed below:

Ms. Ja’Nai C. 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

 



Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs

Anticipated Funding Available from Community Legacy, the Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (March 16, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the FY19 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 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.

Specifically, Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget items include the following:

  • Community Legacy: $6 million capital funds*
  • Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide: $3.5 million capital funds*
  • Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative: $3 million capital funds and $750,000 operating funds*

*All FY19 funding levels are pending approval by the Maryland General Assembly.

The online State Revitalization Program application is anticipated to open on April 11, 2018, at which time applicants will have access to the application under the “My Opportunities” tab within the Project Portal System at http://projectportal.dhcd.state.md.us. Eligible applicants who are new users must register in the system to gain access.

Applications are due Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  

Projects must be located in one of Maryland’s designated Sustainable Communities, areas targeted for revitalization. To see your jurisdiction’s Sustainable Community boundaries, please use the online revitalization mapping tool found at this website: http://www.dhcd.state.md.us/GIS/revitalize/index.html.  

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

Additional program information is found on the following websites:

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



DHCD to Host Micro Loan Information Session April 3

Baltimore business owners and entrepreneurs, join us on April 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Breaking Bread restaurant in Pigtown to learn how DHCD can assist your existing or prospective business and how successful business districts help community growth. To register for the event, click here.

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