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.