NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 3
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.