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Holiday Comfort in Lafayette Square

The renovated comfort station at Lafayette Square park is decorated in holiday lights.

West Baltimore residents travelling in and around Lafayette Square found a surprising flash of cheer as the park’s recently renovated comfort station was decorated with a light display, a holiday reminder of the ongoing revitalization of the historic park and neighborhood. Originally constructed in 1948,the comfort station provided restroom facilities and other amenities to support community events at the park in the bustling African-American neighborhood. 

Located in one the oldest African-American historic districts in the nation, Lafayette Square park was created in 1857 when the city of Baltimore passed an ordinance to establish a new park on part of an estate formerly owned by the late Dr. Thomas Edmondson. It served as the site for Camp Hoffman, a Union barracks and hospital during the Civil War. After the war, the park returned to recreational use as originally planned, and the surrounding neighborhood quickly became an attractive new neighborhood outside of Baltimore’s downtown. The area was referred to as “Church Square” by many area residents due to the four churches located there. By the 1930s, Lafayette Square had become one of the most fashionable and thriving African-American neighborhoods in Baltimore before suburban flight impacted the area.

In Fiscal Year 2018, the department awarded $90,000 from the Community Legacy program to Baltimore Heritage for the comfort station’s renovation and reopening. A visible symbol of the long term disinvestment in the area, Lafayette Square’s comfort station is now an updated and functional park resource for the community, one that will represent the rich history of Lafayette Square and bring joy to the neighborhood year round.



Governor Hogan Announces COVID-19 Relief Grants for Major Tourism-Related Institutions

Governor Hogan Announces COVID-19 Relief Grants for Major Tourism-Related Institutions

$8 Million Will Support 32 Tourism-Producing Organizations
Nearly $50 Million in Funding Has Supported Recovery for More Than 1,800 Nonprofits

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 18, 2020) — Governor Larry Hogan today announced the recipients of 32 awards totaling more than $8 million to tourism-related nonprofits through the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative. This is part of the more than $600 million in emergency economic relief that the state has announced to date.

The program, administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, provides grants up to $500,000 for the state’s nonprofit and tourism producing organizations, such as museums, cultural attractions, zoos and aquariums whose mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development and now economic recovery of Maryland communities through visitor-driven activities and programs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on many of Maryland’s great cultural, educational, and historical institutions,” said Governor Hogan. “We’re proud to dedicate this funding through our Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative to help our nonprofit partners weather this storm and keep Marylanders on their payrolls.”

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In addition to the nonprofit tourism awards, the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative will also provide $35 million in funding to entertainment venues and Main Street communities impacted by the pandemic. Applications for those programs are currently being reviewed and awards are expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

Today’s announcement comes after more than $40 million in awards were previously made through the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative to more than 1,800 nonprofit organizations across the state. The Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative provided grants of up to $75,000 to nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These nonprofits employ thousands of staff members and are focused on economic development, heath, human services and housing.

“These initiatives are yet another example of collaboration and cooperation between state agencies that has served as the foundation for Maryland’s nationally-recognized pandemic response and recovery efforts,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “Working together we are sustaining a wide range of nonprofit organizations that directly serve Marylanders and provide everything from meal assistance to emergency housing to health services, as well as providing funding to help entertainment venues, tourist attractions, and Main Street businesses rebound from these current economic challenges.”

Launched earlier this year, the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) is supported by multiple state agencies and provides assistance to nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Through the NORI grant opportunities offered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Maryland State Arts Council, a wide range of nonprofit organizations have received critical funding, including nonprofits licensed by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

”With help from the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative, our agency provided financial assistance to hundreds of applicants that were negatively impacted by the ongoing pandemic—from 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, to independent artists and arts organizations,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “We thank the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for their partnership in supporting the state’s business community and economy during this time.”

Learn more about the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative here.

Learn more about the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative here.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
 
Sara Luell, Director of Communications
sara.luell@maryland.gov


Secretary Holt Announces Owen McEvoy as New Deputy Secretary at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Secretary Holt Announces Owen McEvoy as New Deputy Secretary at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

NEW CARROLLTON, MD – (December 11, 2020) Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Kenneth C. Holt today announced that Owen McEvoy will serve as Deputy Secretary for the Department.

Prior to his current role, McEvoy served as DHCD’s Director of Public Information where he managed a team of marketing, communications, outreach, business development and customer service professionals. During his tenure, he directed a series of business development and marketing campaigns that have enabled the Maryland Mortgage Program to achieve more than $1 billion in mortgage reservations.

“Owen has been a dedicated member of our team who understands the good work we do each day to change Maryland for the better,” said Secretary Holt. “His experience at various levels of government will ensure tangible progress on many of the transformational projects our department has helped support.”

Before his time in Maryland state government, he served as Director of Media Relations and Public Information Officer for former Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, where he worked extensively on land use and development issues. He also served previously as a Deputy Communications Director for Speechwriting for former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and as an aide to former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Georgetown University, he resides in Anne Arundel County with his wife.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sara Luell, Director of Communications
sara.luell@maryland.gov


Register Now for Alternative Financing 2021: A New Look at Access to Capital Webinar

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is partnering with the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs to host the webinar Alternative Financing 2021: A New Look at Access to Capital. Geared towards small, minority, women, and veteran business owners and startups, the webinar will highlight the business lending programs offered by the department and the available coaching, training, and support to help business owners qualify for assistance.

The Alternative Financing 2021: A New Look at Access to Capital webinar will be hosted on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Registration for the webinar is free, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDGOMA/bulletins/2ad31ae.



Hogan Administration Announces $19 Million in Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants

Hogan Administration Announces $19 Million in Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants
Partnership Supports Local Rental Assistance Programs
Statewide COVID-19 Evictions Moratorium Remains In Place

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 23, 2020) — Governor Larry Hogan today announced that 17 Maryland local jurisdictions were awarded $19.3 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will address the needs of more than 3,600 households across the state.

“Maryland has continued to be a national leader in our COVID-19 response, which is why we have responded aggressively with targeted rental relief funding,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will help ensure our citizens can remain safe and secure in their homes as we continue to respond to this global pandemic.”

Awards were made to the following jurisdictions:

Allegany County $39,000
Anne Arundel County $1,200,000
Baltimore City $2,000,000
Baltimore County $3,000,000
Calvert County $600,000
Carroll County $529,592
Cecil County $475,000
Charles County $750,000
Dorchester County $100,000
Garrett County $350,000
Howard County $2,000,000
Montgomery County $3,473,228
Prince George’s County $2,672,725
St. Mary’s County $700,000
Somerset County $210,000
Wicomico County $900,000
Worcester County $336,000

Through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is awarding federal Community Development Block Grant funding across local jurisdictions in Maryland to prevent evictions. DHCD had already distributed $2.2 million in Eviction Prevention Partnership grants to eight counties, part of a more than $20 million partnership with Maryland’s local jurisdictions. Landlords and tenants should contact their local jurisdiction for more information.

Assisted Housing Relief Program. In addition to this partnership with local governments, Governor Hogan also launched the Assisted Housing Relief Program, an eviction prevention program intended to help bring rental delinquencies current and provide real relief for tenants through direct payments to their eligible property management company. Tenants in eligible properties will be credited rent rebates paid directly to the property management company, which will eliminate their rental debt and the threat of eviction.

The program serves rental units in multifamily projects financed by DHCD’s Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program where the unit rent is controlled. Learn more about the program here.

To date, the program has awarded more than $8 million and made more than 4,500 rental payments for Maryland’s working families.

Moratorium on Evictions During State of EmergencyOn March 16, Governor Hogan issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can demonstrate that their inability to pay rent was the result of COVID-19—for example, because of lost or reduced unemployment, or needing to care for a school-aged child—or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19. The order remains in effect during the state of emergency.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Owen McEvoy, Director of the Office of Public Information
owen.mcevoy@maryland.gov

Sara Luell, Director of Communications
sara.luell@maryland.gov



Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) Recognized With National Award of Excellence

Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) Recognized With National Award of Excellence

MMP’s Product Diversification Empowers New Buyers

New Carrollton, MD (October 29, 2020) — The National Council of State Housing Agencies has announced the Maryland Mortgage Program as the winner in the category of Homeownership: Empowering New Buyers at its Annual Awards for Program Excellence. The state housing program was honored for its diverse array of loan products and down payment assistance. These initiatives have empowered homebuyers in Maryland, particularly first-time homebuyers, and led to more than $1 billion in Maryland Mortgage Program loan reservations in 2019.

The Maryland Mortgage Program has been the state’s flagship homeownership program for nearly 40 years. The program offers a wide range of home loan products that have been specially tailored to help make homeownership affordable in Maryland. Whether you’re looking for extremely low interest rates (as low as 2.125% this fall), downpayment and closing cost assistance up to $9,500, or even student debt relief, MMP provides a diverse product matrix that is designed to help Marylanders get into a house at an affordable price.

The Maryland Mortgage Program’s product diversification and expansion was a significant factor in a recent performance milestone. In Calendar Year 2019, the program reserved approximately 4,300 loans totaling $1,189,684,291 – the first time annual reservations exceeded $1 billion. The program’s strong performance positively impacted the department’s bond issuances and sales and recently led to an upgrade of the department’s housing finance bond rating by Moody’s Investors Service – the first such upgrade in 40 years.

In effectively doubling the amount of home loans, the Maryland Mortgage Program proved its new product matrix is extremely attractive to Maryland homebuyers. On behalf of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland Mortgage Program would like to extend a thank you to our amazing professional partners. This great success was a result of an extremely effective network of professional partners. Together, we’re building Maryland communities.

For more information about the Maryland Mortgage Program, visit mmp.maryland.gov.



Governor Hogan Announces $250 Million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative’

Governor Hogan Announces $250 Million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative’
Doubles Commitment to Emergency Economic Relief for Marylanders to $500 Million
Includes New Relief Programs and Expansion of Existing Programs for Businesses, Restaurants, Main Streets, Arts, and Tourism

ANNAPOLIS, MD — (October 22, 2020) Governor Larry Hogan today announced the $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,’ which will provide funding from the Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state. The initiative doubles the state’s total commitment to COVID-19 emergency economic relief for Marylanders to $500 million.

“This new $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative’ will be critical to the thousands of struggling restaurants, small businesses, and Main Streets across the state that are attempting to weather this crisis,” said Governor Hogan. “I have directed our entire team in each agency to ensure that this much-needed funding gets out the door to our struggling citizens and small businesses as quickly as possible. We also intend to work closely with our local partners so that they can assist in expeditiously getting this money into the hands of those who need it most.”

For more information visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/10/22/governor-hogan-announces-250-million-maryland-strong-economic-recovery-initiative/.

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Housing Choice Voucher Program’s Eastern Shore Waiting List to Open November 2, 2020, to November 30, 2020

Housing Choice Voucher Program’s Eastern Shore Waiting List to Open
November 2, 2020, to November 30, 2020
Waiting Lists Will Be Available for Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (October 19, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced that the Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting lists will open for Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Applications will be accepted online only from 9:00 a.m. on November 2, 2020, through November 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Preliminary applications must be submitted online at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/MD1645. The application is available in multiple languages. All pre-applicants will have an equal opportunity to be selected. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee placement on any waiting list. Waiting list placement will be based on a computerized random selection. Those selected for the waiting list will be reviewed to determine preliminary eligibility, and preferences will be applied to determine the final order. As housing vouchers become available, those next on the waiting lists will be contacted to complete a full eligibility application.

Individuals with disabilities or others who need additional support may receive assistance completing a preliminary application by contacting a DHCD representative at dhcd.hcv@maryland.gov or 1-800-445-4340.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is the federally funded, locally administered rental assistance program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The department administers the program for several counties on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland. Other counties in Maryland maintain their own programs and waiting lists.

Eligibility for a housing voucher is determined based on a family’s total annual gross income and is limited to United States citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family resides.

For more information, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Residents/Pages/HousingChoice/. To check the status of an application, visit https://www.waitlistcheck.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Owen McEvoy, Director of the Office of Public Information
owen.mcevoy@maryland.gov

Sara Luell, Director of Communications
sara.luell@maryland.gov

 


LEGAL NOTICE: Notice of Emergency Solutions Grant Amendment on 2019 Action Plan

LEGAL NOTICE
Notice of Emergency Solutions Grant Amendment on 2019 Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a second allocation of CARES Act Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV2) funds to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on June 9, 2020, totaling $9,665,307. These funds are intended to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 response and recovery period and are available for use, in conjunction with ESG-CV1 funds, through September 30, 2022.

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 for the ESG- CV2 and allows for notification of the substantial amendment via this notice. This announcement fulfills HUD’S notification requirements for ESG-CV2.

Awards & Eligible Grantees

The Department of Housing and Community Development intends to utilize $823,923 of the ESG-CV2 funds for administrative costs and award a total of $9,915,307 to the 11 Continuums of Care (CoCs) that are HUD non-entitlement areas, as indicated in the allocations chart below. Entitlement counties (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County) receive their ESG-CV funding directly from HUD and therefore are not eligible to receive ESG-CV funding through DHCD.

Awards to CoCs were determined based on the annual homeless served in each CoC in FY2020. Similar to the process for regular Emergency Solutions Grant funding, CoCs will competitively solicit and select nonprofit or government organizations to receive ESG-CV funds within their local geographic area and deliver services to people experiencing homelessness.

ESG-CV2 Allocations Total
Allegany County Continuum of Care $207,519
Carroll County Continuum of Care $636,581
Cecil County Continuum of Care $694,325
Frederick County Continuum of Care $1,552,537
Garrett County Continuum of Care $436,178
Harford County Continuum of Care $464,972
Howard County Continuum of Care $602,069
Lower Shore Continuum of Care (Somerset, Worchester, Wicomico counties) $1,808,642
Mid-Shore Continuum of Care (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot counties) $985,499
Southern MD Continuum of Care (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s counties) $1,606,839
Washington County Continuum of Care $920,146
Administrative Costs – DHCD $823,923
Total ESG-CV2 $9,665,307

ESG-CV2 Activities

Eligible activities for these funds include street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, administrative costs, and funds for the implementation of Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).

CoCs must spend at least 50% of their allocation on providing rapid re-housing services to people currently experiencing homelessness. CoCs may not utilize funds for homelessness prevention unless performance benchmarks for a reduction in homelessness have been met. The anticipated activities for ESG-CV2 statewide are as follows:

Activity Percentage of Funds
Street Outreach 10%
Emergency Shelter 25%
Rapid Re-Housing 50%
Homelessness Prevention 0%
Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) 5%
Administrative Costs (DHCD & CoCs combined) 10%

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.

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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, will conduct a public hearing from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m., on Wednesday October 14, 2020.

DUE TO THE COVID 19 EMERGENCY, THIS PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE CONDUCTED SOLELY VIA TELECONFERENCE. PARTIES INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PUBLIC HEARING SHOULD CALL (toll free) 1-800-201-5203 PIN: 891244 DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING TIME.

For more information, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Documents/TEFRA/2020/Notice-10-05.pdf.






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