Groundbreaking for Affordable Housing in Downtown Baltimore Shows Governor Hogan’s Commitment to City’s Revitalization

Secretary Holt joins city officials for the groundbreaking of Mulberry at Park Apartments, a 68-unit building that will provide affordable housing for Baltimore City residents.
Secretary Holt joins Baltimore officials for the groundbreaking of Mulberry at Park Apartments, a 68-unit complex that will provide affordable rental housing for Baltimore families.

New Carrolton, MD – New affordable rental housing near downtown Baltimore will help revitalize the city’s West Side and change things for the better for families and individuals with special needs, Governor Larry Hogan said today.

“Baltimore City residents will benefit because of the investments we are making to ensure Maryland has more affordable housing options.” the governor said.

DHCD Secretary Kenneth Holt on Tuesday joined Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, local officials and development leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of Mulberry at Park Apartments, a 68-unit affordable apartment complex in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District of West Side Baltimore.

The Hogan administration helped finance the project with more than $1.5 million in 9% Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits and a $1.4 million Rental Housing Program loan.

During the ceremony, Secretary Holt highlighted the  administration’s commitment to supporting affordable rental housing development as an economic catalyst and job-creation engine in Maryland. Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced the unveiling of Leveraging Investments in Neighborhood Corridors Strategy, a development initiative aimed at improving five of Baltimore’s major corridors.

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Governor Hogan Announces More Than $5.6 Million to Enhance the Quality of Life in 13 MD Communities

The 2016 Community Development Block Grant awards will help communities all over Maryland fund vital projects such as renovations that will enable The ARC Carroll County to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The 2016 Community Development Block Grant awards will provide much-needed funding to 13 Maryland communities for vitally important projects such as renovations  to this new facility in Westminster that will allow The ARC Carroll County to continue  its work enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

NEW CARROLTON, MD —The construction of a million gallon water tank in the Town of Westport, the expansion of a food pantry in Easton and the rehabilitation of a senior home in Leonardtown to make it more energy efficient rehabilitation are among the projects benefitting this year from DHCD’s Community Development Block Grant program.

The Hogan administration announced more than $5.6 million in CDBG funds to 13 Maryland municipalities and counties. The funds will support projects that provide housing and infrastructure improvements and support economic development for Maryland communities.

Awardees also include rehabilitation of low income housing in Dorchester and Garrett counties and Pocomoke City, several infrastructure improvement projects and funding for a water tank, pump station and service lines that is critical to the retention of 800 jobs at the Verso Paper Mill in Allegany County.

See the list of 2016 awardees below.

CDBG is a federally funded, competitive grant program designed to help Maryland communities meet a wide range of economic, social and physical environment needs. The program has been a vital and versatile source of revenue to help communities across the nation fight deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods and communities and maintain public infrastructure.

Maryland has awarded over $242 million since 1987 to over 850 awardees.

CDBG embodies the Hogan administration’s commitment to changing Maryland for the better through development projects that enhance the quality of life for Maryland citizens in communities throughout the state.

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DHCD Prepares Students for the Workforce through Baltimore City YouthWorks Summer Program

Baltimore YouthWorks students participated in a college and career ready workshop, hosted by the DHCD Office of Human Resources.
Baltimore YouthWorks students participated in a resume writing and mock interview workshop, hosted by the DHCD Office of Human Resources.

Landing a summer job is a rite of passage for many high school students.

Whether it’s part-time or seasonal, organizations keep teenagers busy during summer vacation while helping them earn a paycheck.

Last month, Governor Hogan committed $1 million in state funding to provide summer job opportunities for Baltimore City youth.

Funding was allocated to the Youth Works and Hire One Youth programs through the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Through YouthWorks, DHCD hired two student interns to work at our office in Baltimore City.  YouthWorks matches young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to five-week work experiences with private sector, nonprofit and government employers.

“As a national leader in affordable housing and community development, we are always hiring people that will challenge the status quo, effectively communicate ideas and implement efficient housing solutions for Maryland citizens,” said Amy Kipersztok, recruiting manager for DHCD’s office of human resources. “Through YouthWorks, we can show our young people the value of coming to work and knowing that what they do makes a difference in the community.”Read More »

New Resources Will Help Borrowers with Significant Student Loan Debt Move into Homeownership

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Secretary Holt says the “You’ve Earned It!” initiative will help members of the Boomerang generation move out of their parents’ basements and into homeownership.

New Carrollton, MD – Maryland is putting more resources into a popular initiative to help members of the Millennial generation who have been unable to move into homeownership because of significant student debt.

Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary Kenneth Holt said the state will commit $70 million for the next phase of the “You’ve Earned It!” program for Maryland Mortgage Program borrowers who have more than $25,000 in student loan debt and are purchasing a home in one of the state’s Sustainable Communities.

The program is aimed at assisting potential buyers, particularly members of the so-called “Boomerang Generation,” who are employed and have good credit but are saddled with student debt that is proving a barrier to homeownership. These young people are more likely to live with their parents than were young people one or two decades ago and they are saddled with significantly more student loan debt than their predecessors.Read More »

Net-Zero: Suitland Home is 100 Years Old But State-of-the-Art When it Comes to Energy Efficiency

This Net Zero home in Suitland, MD features 20 solar panels on top of the house, a rain barrel irrigation system, low maintenance vinyl fencing and non-invasive plants in the front yard.

Suitland, MD – A renovated home in Suitland may be 100 years old but as the first Net-Zero home in Prince George’s County it represents the state-of-the-art in energy efficiency.

The house will be a stop on a tour hosted by the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo when the group meets in Washington, D.C. in November. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference dedicated to architects, engineers, designers and contractors in the green building industry.

DHCD helped fund the project through its Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a federally funded initiative that helps state and local governments purchase, rehabilitate and redevelop foreclosed or abandoned homes to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes. View a video to learn more about Net-Zero homes.

“Our programs support projects that can enhance neighborhood sustainability and inspire Maryland families to put down roots in our traditional communities,” said Anne Stringer, DHCD’s assistant director of community programs.Read More »

Riverwoods at North East Holds Grand Opening in Cecil County; Apts. Fully Leased in Three Months

Residents, development leaders and local officials celebrated the opening of Riverwoods at North East Apartments with an official ribbon cutting held Wednesday, June 30. From left: Robert Iber, Director of Baltimore Multifamily Program Center, U.S. DHUD; Chickie Grayson, President, Enterprise Homes; Edmund Delany, Senior VP, Capital One Bank; Paul Stark, Vice Mayor, Town of North East; Ron Wilson, Director of Housing Initiatives, Enterprise Homes; and Christine Caudillo, Property Manager, Habitat America.
From left: Robert Iber, director of Baltimore Multifamily Program Center, U.S. DHUD; Chickie Grayson, president, Enterprise Homes; Paul Stark, vice mayor, Town of North East; Ron Wilson, director of housing initiatives, Enterprise Homes; and Christine Caudillo, property manager, Habitat America. Photo by Alan Gilbert.

North East, MD – Community leaders and residents celebrated the grand opening of Riverwoods at North East Apartments in Cecil County, capping the evening with a community barbecue. The 76-unit, garden-style community is on Riverwoods Rd. next to Route 40 and nearby North East Creek.

Riverwoods at North East Apartments serves a tremendous demand in Cecil County for affordable rental housing. DHCD helped fund the development through the agency’s Rental Housing Production Program and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

“It took less than three months for all 76 units to fill up. This only shows that affordable rental housing is needed more than ever,” said Brein O’Toole, deputy director of DHCD’s multifamily unit. “Funding this development emphasizes our commitment to the well-being of Maryland’s hardworking citizens and to helping them find a balance between family life and work life.”

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Corridor of Opportunity: Art, Eats and Affordable Housing Fuel DHCD’s Investment in Route 1

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Youth Art: Joe’s Movement Emporium houses an after-school Arts Education program for young adults to nurture self-expression and creativity through art.

Affordable housing for artists; a contemporary art gallery and a group of net-zero energy townhomes are just some of the DHCD projects that increase local economic vitality and revitalize neighborhoods in Prince George’s County.

Secretary Holt joined DHCD staff and elected officials and representatives from the cities of Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and College Park for a tour of housing and community development projects along the state’s Route 1 corridor.

“With these initiatives, we look forward to attracting more investors to the Route 1 corridor so we can continue to flourish as one of Maryland’s core business communities,” said Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth during the walking tour.Read More »

Baltimore Firm Gets Assistance Under Hogan Administration’s Maryland Business Recovery Program

DHCD's John Maneval presents check to business owner Juan C. Nunez
DHCD’s John Maneval presents check to business owner Juan C. Nunez

Zero-Interest Loan Will Help Tops in Cellular Repair Damages, Recover Lost Revenue Suffered During Recent Civil Unrest

Baltimore – Juan C. Nunez, owner of Tops in Cellular, was one of the first business owners to apply for financial assistance after the civil unrest that rocked the city last month.

On Monday, he became the first to receive assistance under the Hogan administration’s Maryland Business Recovery program. Nunez, 40, said the $15,000 zero-interest Micro-Enterprise loan will be used to repair damages suffered and lost revenues due to the citywide curfew.Read More »

Baltimore’s Millers Court Wins Top Prize for Innovation and Urban Development

 

Award Winner – Miller’s Court Apartments

Miller’s Court, a mixed-use project that transformed an industrial eyesore into a catalyst for change just north of downtown Baltimore, has received one of the nation’s most distinguished awards for urban development.

The project won the top prize in the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. The Rudy Bruner Awards seek to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better.Read More »

Hogan Administration’s Maryland Business Recovery Program So Far Has Approved 18 Loans, Totaling $555,000

Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary Kenneth Holt on Monday announced new resources for Baltimore neighborhoods.
Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary Kenneth Holt on Monday announced new resources for Baltimore neighborhoods.

Baltimore – DHCD’s Maryland Business Recovery program, launched in the aftermath of the recent civil unrest in Baltimore to help small businesses rebuild and grow, has received 25 loan requests to date, totaling $805,000. DHCD has approved 18 of those for a total of $555,000.

The program’s quick response to the crisis comes as Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced even more state aid to the city: $3.3 million to provide Baltimore youth with summer job opportunities and work experience and $4.15 million for business recovery loans, homeownership assistance programs and targeted assistance for significant façade improvements. Learn more.

The funding for both initiatives, which are on Wednesday’s Board of Public Works agenda for final approval, was announced at the ribbon cutting for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in West Baltimore.Read More »