Creating Homeowners, Preserving Neighborhoods in Maryland


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

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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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Maryland’s Roster of Sustainable Communities Grows to 64 as State’s Initiative to Revitalize Older Neighborhoods Continues to Spread

Greenbelt_Roosevelt-TheatreGreenbelt, MD – The historic town of Greenbelt, home to one of the few single-screen theaters left in the region, has joined the list of Sustainable Communities, part of the statewide initiative to strengthen revinvestment and revitalize Maryland’s older neighborhoods.

Governor O’Malley’s Smart Growth Subcabinet last month added nine communities to the roster, bringing the total number of Sustainable Communities to 64. Each of those communites has developed and committed to a revitalization and reinvestment plan that will support principles of sustainability.

Principles of sustainability, as defined by 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.

Sustainable Communities approved at the Smart Growth Subcabinet meeting on February 19, 2014 Continue reading


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Stimulating Reinvestment in Maryland’s Neighborhoods: $5.5 Million in Community Legacy Grants Announced

Community-Legacy-Awards-Two-3.11Baltimore – The renovation of an historic opera house in Havre de Grace and improvements to an 18th century inn in Princess Anne are among the projects receiving Community Legacy grants, Maryland’s initiative to stimulate reinvestment and strengthen traditional Main streets and Maple streets in towns and cities throughout the state. Click here to read the release

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Secretary Skinner and Baltimore officials in the city’s fast-growing Remington neighborhood on Tuesday to announce $5.5 million in awards to 64 projects. The announcement was made at the Tire Shop,  a former light industrial building in central Baltimore City. The Central Baltimore Partnership will receive $100,000 through the Community Legacy program to fill the final gap to retrofit the building into a mixed-use building that includes a nonprofit theatre and for-profit restaurant. Remington is an area that is targeted for renewal and investment (public and private) including to repurpose buildings, renovate and upgrade homes and improve access to transportation.

Since 2007, the O’Malley-Brown administration has funded 440 such projects through the Community Legacy program, with total awards of more than $41 million, creating or preserving an estimated 1,300 permanent jobs and 3,000 temporary jobs mostly in construction-related fields and putting more than $222 million into the state’s economy. See the complete list of Community Legacy Awardees. Continue reading


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“Housing Maryland,” the First Comprehensive Statewide Housing Plan in Maryland History, Now Available Online

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Housing-Maryland-Cover-1.28Crownsville, MD – The first comprehensive statewide housing plan in Maryland’s history is now available online.

Housing Maryland: A Housing Policy Framework for Today and Tomorrow is the end result of a process that grew out of the recommendations of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, which was charged with working with state agencies to produce a statewide development, transportation and housing plans.

The Maryland Department of Planning worked with the commission and a diverse group of stakeholders to produce PlanMaryland, the statewide development plan.

DHCD followed a similar process to produce Housing Maryland.

The 50-page report sets forth a housing policy framework with the following policy goals: to expand choice and the supply of sustainable housing; to restore and revitalize communities across Maryland; and to stabilize families and local communities.


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The Year in Pictures – Maryland Housing Stories in 2013

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JAN 11: Resident Barbara Johnson describes how the revitalization of Obery Court has greatly improved the quality of life in her Annapolis community. Governor O’Malley announced funding for the Rental Housing Works initiative to create jobs and address the critical shortage of quality affordable rental housing in Maryland.

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In FY 2013, DHCD’s Programs Had an Economic Impact on Maryland of Nearly $24 for Every $1 Spent

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Secretary Skinner and DHCD staff review revitalization plans in Havre de Grace.

Crownsville, MD – Every dollar of state funds invested in DHCD programs in fiscal year 2013 leveraged nearly $16 in direct investment and had an economic impact of nearly $24, according to an analysis by the agency’s research department.

Visit DHCD’s website at Mdhousing.org to read the full report as well as reports from previous fiscal years.

DHCD’s annual year-end analysis measures the effect of the agency’s single family, multifamily and neighborhood revitalization programs, under the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Continue reading


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Ocean City, Annapolis and Towson Are Among Towns Added to Maryland’s List of Sustainable Communities

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Cambridge is one of 17 newly designated Sustainable Communities

Crownsville, MD – Seventeen Maryland communities – including the resort town of Ocean City and the retail and college hub of Towson – were added to the state’s list of Sustainable Communities this fall, joining the statewide initiative to strengthen reinvestment and revitalization in Maryland’s older neighborhoods.

Sustainable Communities seek to conserve resources; provide green spaces and parks for recreation and agriculture and conserve historical and cultural resources. They are communities that have developed a comprehensive plan to bring public and private investments together to increase affordable housing opportunities and transit-oriented development.

Governor O’Malley’s Smart Growth subcabinet has approved 55 Sustainable Communities under Maryland’s Sustainable Communities Act of 2010. Continue reading


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George Washington (Would Have) Slept Here: Renovations Begin on 18th Century Hotel on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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NOVEMBER 25

Princess Anne, MD – Renovations have begun on the Washington Hotel, the 18th century inn that officials hope will become the centerpiece of the Eastern Shore town’s renaissance as a historical and cultural tourist destination.

The renovations were made possible through a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant program and $156,162 through the Community Legacy program.

The Community Development Block Grant program helps strengthen Maryland’s communities by expanding affordable housing opportunities, creating jobs, stabilizing neighborhoods and improving the overall quality of life.

Community Legacy provides local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, and commercial revitalization.

The $1.5 million project is a public/private partnership involving Innspiration, local investors, the Town of Princess Anne, DHCD and federal agencies. It received invaluable support from the Main Street Partnership and the Somerset County Economic Development Commission.


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Becoming a Main Street Maryland Community Just Got Easier! Program Now Taking Applications Year-Round

 OCTOBER 15 

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Cumberland, Md., one of the first Main Street Maryland communities

CROWNSVILLE, MD – Cities and towns throughout the state may now apply year-round for the downtown revitalization opportunities available through the nationally recognized Main Street Maryland program.

Secretary Skinner announced that the department’s Main Street Maryland program will now accept applications from cities and towns on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Previously applications for designation as a Main Street Maryland community were accepted every two to three years.

Created in 1998, Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that is recognized nationally as a model for Smart Growth.  The program strengthens the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods.  Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities which have made a commitment to revitalization, and helps them increase private-sector small business investment, and improve the appearance and image of their core business districts.  Through the program, DHCD has designated 26 communities in 17 counties,  resulting in the opening of 1,663 new businesses and the creation of 6,666 new jobs.  Continue reading


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The Power of Neighborhoods: Speaker Busch, Secretary Skinner, Announce New Community Development Grants

Grants Will Help Local Organizations Demonstrate Innovative Strategies to Revitalize Older Neighborhoods in the Baltimore Region

OCTOBER 7

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Secretary Skinner and Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch announce new community development grants.

Baltimore – Four nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling $3.75 million through the new Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative, a demonstration project designed to help attract new investment to the region’s traditional older neighborhoods.  Targeted neighborhoods have developed comprehensive strategies for new housing and commercial investment.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch joined Secretary Raymond Skinner Monday to announce the grants that were established during the legislative session. “These grants support innovative and forward-thinking approaches to neighborhood revitalization in Baltimore City and Baltimore County that other communities across the region and our state can emulate,” said Speaker Busch. “A strong region needs strong neighborhoods.”

“The health of every neighborhood, adds up to the health of the region,” added Secretary Skinner, “and these grants will demonstrate the power of investing in existing historic communities with strong community networks.” Continue reading

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