NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 4
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.