Creating Homeowners, Preserving Neighborhoods in Maryland


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The Community Development Block Grant Program at Work: Better Water Service in Western Maryland

 NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 4

Bowmans-Addition-#2-Tank-PhotoIn recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD is marking the 40th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant program by featuring a CDBG project each day.

The program is one of the agency’s most significant tools. Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Today’s featured project is in Allegany County.

The community of Bowman’s Addition is located in Allegany County east of the City of Cumberland. The county received two CDBG grants to upgrade and extend public water service to residents through two construction phases.

The first grant of $475,000 was awarded in 2008 and resulted in the dissolution of a private water company which was taken over by the county and brought up to county standards. The first phase provided service to 350 people. The county leveraged $2.7 million of loan and grant funds from the Maryland Department of Environment and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The second grant of $800,000 was awarded in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under this phase, the county extended public water to the homes that were at higher elevations. The funding benefitted an additional 250 people. Under this phase, the county also constructed a pump station, a water storage tank and installed 20 fire hydrants. The county leveraged $2.4 million of loan and grant funds from the Maryland Department of Environment and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 


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Grand Opening of Heritage Crest Apartments Brings 100 New Units for Senior Citizens in Glen Burnie

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Secretary Skinner joined local residents and Anne Arundel County officials for the grand opening of Heritage Crest Apartments in Glen Burnie. The $19.4 million project involved the acquisition, demolition and new construction of a 100- unit, elevator equipped apartment building designed for senior residents.  Heritage Crest was financed through $3.9 million from DHCD’s Partnership Rental Housing Program and $1.1 million of Low Income Housing tax credits for $11.3 million.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Secretary Skinner joined local residents and Anne Arundel County officials for the grand opening of Heritage Crest Apartments in Glen Burnie. The $19.4 million project involved the acquisition, demolition and new construction of a 100- unit, elevator equipped apartment building designed for senior residents. Heritage Crest was financed through $3.9 million from DHCD’s Partnership Rental Housing Program and $1.1 million of Low Income Housing tax credits for $11.3 million.


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The Community Development Program at Work: Rehabilitating Homes for Wicomico County Families

NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 3

InNew Home recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD is marking the 40th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant program by featuring a CDBG project each day.

The program is one of the agency’s most significant tools. Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Today’s featured project is in Wicomico County.

Since 1992, Wicomico County has used $2.45 million in CDBG funds to rehabilitate 184 houses. Those funds were leveraged with additional resources from the county, DHCD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wicomico County provides conditional grants and/or zero percentage interest loans to low and moderate income homeowners.

On average, the county spent $29,000 per home to repair code violations, replace roofs, replace of septic tanks, build ADA compliant bathrooms or ramps, and remove lead paint.


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The Community Development Block Grant Program at Work: A Glass Manufacturing Firm in Western Maryland

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NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 2

Mountain Lake Park, MD – In recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD is marking the 40th anniversary of  the federal Community Development Block Grant program by featuring a CDBG project each day.

The program is one of the agency’s most significant tools. Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Today’s featured project is in Garrett County.

A CDBG grant of $1,500,000 was awarded to Garrett County in 1998 to subgrant to Simon Pearce, Inc. to assist with the opening of the Simon Pearce, Inc. manufacturing facility. The company’s founder, Simon Pearce, is an Irish born entrepreneur of glassblowing and pottery. While traveling through western Maryland, he decided to open a second facility in Mountain Lake Park. Through an extensive job training program, the company taught local residents the art of glassblowing.

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The Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Strong Communities in Maryland

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A grant through the Community Development Block Grant program helped make the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau building possible.

 NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK

In recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD will mark the 40th anniversary of one of the agency’s most significant tools – the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

This U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program provides for flexible funding of a wide variety of projects and activities. Its primary purpose is to benefit persons of low and moderate income. In 1987, the state took over the administration of the State and Small Cities CDBG program.

Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

One such project was the Youth Service Bureau building in Westminster.

In 2008, DHCD awarded a CDBG grant of $650,000 for construction of the building. The county sub-granted the funding to the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau who have provided outpatient mental health services since 1972. They provide a range of services to children, adults and families who are primarily of low and moderate income.

The 20,000 square foot building was necessary due to the increase in the demand for their services. The CDBG funds were matched with a $3.9 million grant from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. An additional $2 million was raised through a fundraising campaign.

They have served over 6,500 people at the new facility since its opening.

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Playroom in the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau building.

 


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Maryland Housing Beat: Multifamily Building Permits Up More Than 394 Percent in February

APRIL 14

Housing Beat V-3 N-3Crownsville, MD – Multifamily building permits in February nearly quadrupled over the same period last year, according to Maryland Housing Beat, DHCD’s monthly profile of the state’s housing market.

Vol. 3 Issue 3 – reflecting statistical data from February – can be viewed by visiting DHCD’s website at Mdhousing.org or by clicking here to download a PDF version.

Building permits are a leading indicator of construction activity. Overall, they were up by more than 28 percent over last February., including a decrease of 32.5 percent for single family permits and an increase of 394.5 percent for multifamily permits.

Maryland Housing Beat is an in-depth review of housing-related data compiled by DHCD’s Office of Research and Statistical Analysis from a broad range of sources, including the National Association of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors; Freddie Mac; the Mortgage Bankers Association and RealtyTrac. Maryland Housing Beat is a monthly publication of DHCD’s Office of Communications and Marketing.


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Baltimore City Celebrates Grand Opening of New Apartment Complex After Renovation of 19th Century Police Station

Baltimore officials on Monday celebrated the grand opening of the Fells Point Apartments.

Baltimore officials, developers and Patricia Sylvester, DHCD’s director of multiffamily housing, on Monday celebrated the grand opening of the Fells Point Station Apartments. The $13.6 million renovation of the former police station was made possible in part through low income housing tax credits and more than $1.1 million from the state’s rental housing production program.


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At Groundbreaking, Lt. Governor Says DHCD’s New HQ in Prince George’s County will Spur Development, Create Jobs

APRIL 9

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New Carrollton, MD - DHCD on Wednesday broke ground on its new headquarters in Prince George’s County, marking the start of construction of a mixed-use, transit-oriented project that will be the anchor of new development centered around the New Carrollton metro station. Read the release.

The facilities are expected to be ready for occupancy by 2015.

The new DHCD headquarters building will serve as a foundation for redevelopment and smart growth.  The project is expected to create 132 permanent jobs, 325 construction-period jobs, and will generate significant new tax revenues for the county and state with a net economic benefit of $8 million over the period of the lease. The relocation will  place more than 330 employees into the area, creating a greater need for restaurants, retail, and other services.

Total costs for the first phase of the project are $166 million and will include 500 residential units and 65,000 square feet of retail space. When fully built out through Phase Two, the project will incorporate up to 2,400 residential dwelling units, 100,000 square feet of retail and a 300 room hotel. As part of this investment, the state has committed to a 15-year lease on the property.

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New Initiative Offers Homebuyers Special Rates and Down Payment Assistance through the Maryland Mortgage Program

APRIL 3

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Downtown workers listen intently during a homebuyer education workshop during the Home Sweet Baltimore event Thursday.

Baltimore – Families looking to buy a home in Baltimore, parts of Prince George’s County and other targeted areas around the state may qualify for special rates and significant down payment assistance through the Maryland Mortgage Program.

DHCD Deputy Secretary Clarence Snuggs joined city officials for Home Sweet Baltimore, a gala event promoting homeownership and city living. The deputy secretary announced Maryland’s new Targeted Areas initiative, offering interest rates of 3 5/8 percent for homebuyers purchasing in Baltimore City and other targeted areas throughout the state, including parts of Prince George’s County. The Targeted Areas initiative runs from April 1 through May 31.

Home Sweet Baltimore was sponsored by DHCD, the city and Live Baltimore. It featured roughly 30 exhibitors, including lenders, developers and housing counseling organizations. The was to acquaint the downtown lunch time crowd with the homeownership incentives available through the Maryland Mortgage Program and the city’s Baltimore Housing Incentives Program. Continue reading


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Brentwood and Langley Park in Prince George’s County are Maryland’s Latest Sustainable Communities

APRIL 3

 

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Langley Park is now one of 66 Sustainable Communities in Maryland.

Crownsville – The addition of Brentwood and Langley Park in Prince George’s County bring the number of Sustainable Communities in Maryland to 66.

Each Sustainable Community has developed, and committed to a revitalization and reinvestment plan that will support principles of sustainability.

Principles of sustainability, as defined in the 2010 Sustainable Communities Act are places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:

  • Development of a healthy local economy;
  • Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
  • A mix of land uses;
  • Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
  • Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.

Langley Park and the Town of Brentwood were approved at the Smart Growth Subcabinet meeting on March 19. Continue reading

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