Maryland Receives $9.8 Million from HUD to Provide Rental Assistance to Persons With Disabilities

MARCH 3

Washington – Maryland has won a second national competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide rental assistance for persons with disabilities.

HUD is awarding $150 million to 25 state housing agencies, including more than $9.8 million in Maryland.

The resources will help the state provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services to 150 households with extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom hoping to transition out of institutional settings back to the community.

HUD’s support of state housing agencies is made possible through the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program which enables persons with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of their area’s median income to live in integrated, affordable housing. Maryland is working in partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to identify and support persons with disabilities who require community-based, long-term care services to live independently.

This second national competitive grant builds upon $11.2 million that Maryland received in 2013 through HUD’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. Those resources provided five years of rental assistance for 150 units in the Washington and Baltimore regions.

New Report Urges MD to Help Millennials and Minorities Hurdle Barriers to Homeownership

FEBRUARY 27

Annapolis, MD – Expanding down payment assistance is one way that Maryland can help members of the millennial generation move out of their parents’ basements and into homeownership and it can help minority families move from the rental market into the housing market.

Both demographics are important to the state’s recovering economy, according to a new report.

The study by Neighborhood Stabilization and Homeownership Workgroup looked at the challenges facing Maryland’s recovering housing market. Click here to see the workgroup’s final report to House Speaker Michael Busch, delivered Jan. 20.Read More »

Robert Kennedy’s Commitment to Service Inspired Formative Years, Says Housing’s Kenneth Holt

FEBRURARY 13

Md-Housing-Day-2.21Annapolis, MD – Maryland’s  new housing policy will reflect the Hogan-Rutherford administration’s focus on balancing the budget, but not at the expense of DHCD’s mission to help people, said Secretary-designate Kenneth C. Holt.

“The governor and I are both Baby Boomers and what we bring is a sensitivity to the needs of others,” Holt said on Feb. 12 during Maryland Housing Day. “What you will see is how creative we can be; how focused we can be; how helping we can be.”

Maryland Housing Day is an annual event sponsored by the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition to remind lawmakers of the importance of affordable housing – not only to the working families, senior citizens and special needs persons, but to the state’s economy.Read More »

Five New Sustainable Communities Added, Including Historic W. Md. and Eastern Shore Towns

Founded in 1683, originally as a seaport, the Eastern Shore town of Oxford is reinventing itself through the Sustainable Communities program.
Founded in 1683, originally as a seaport, the Eastern Shore town of Oxford is reinventing itself through the Sustainable Communities program.

FEBRUARY 11 

Crownsville, MD – DHCD is announcing the addition of five new Sustainable Communities, bringing the statewide total to 82. There is at least one designated  Sustainable Community in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

Maryland’s Sustainable Communities program seeks to strengthen reinvestment and revitalization in the state’s older communities through state, local and private sector partnerships.

The new Sustainable Communities are:

Baltimore County – Northwest Gateways

Frederick County – Town of Myersville

Kent County – Town of Betterton

Kent County/Queen Anne’s County – Town of Millington

Talbot County – Town of Oxford

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Homeownership Initiative in Prince George’s Doing Record Business, Real Estate Brokers Told

Real estate brokers listen intently as DHCD's Bill Milko leads a training session on the MMP Triple Play Initiative in Prince George's County.
Real estate brokers listen intently as DHCD’s Bill Milko leads a training session on the MMP Triple Play Initiative in Prince George’s County.

FEBRUARY 5

Lanham, MD – Just weeks after its launch in November, the TriplePlay Initiative in Prince George’s County is on track to become one of the most successful Maryland Mortgage Program initiatives to date, according to William Ariano, Jr., deputy director of development finance at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Ariano said the program has received over $40 million in reservations, representing 186 first-time homebuyers in the county.

“From Bowie to Temple Hills … from Upper Marlboro to Oxon Hill, we are poised to do more lending in Prince George’s County than ever before and those areas that need the greatest focus are receiving it,” Ariano said.Read More »

MD Launches Initiative to Increase Access to Healthy Foods in State’s “Food Deserts”

FEBRUARY 2

fresh-food-initiative-2Crownsville, MD – Maryland is joining the growing movement to expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables in under-served communities known as food deserts.

Food deserts are communities that do not have easy access to affordable healthy foods, typically because those communities do not have a local supermarket or grocery store. They can be in urban, suburban or rural communities.

Maryland’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative provides flexible financing for the start-up, rehabilitation or expansion of businesses and nonprofits in designated food desert or sustainable communities with an emphasis on using Maryland farmers.  The goal is to invest in lending partners that will in turn support the development of food-related enterprises within designated Food Deserts and Sustainable Communities.Read More »

DHCD Awards More Than $30 Million to 11 Multifamily Projects in Latest Funding Round

Foxtail-Crossing-Project-3.20Crownsville, MD – Eleven affordable rental housing projects throughout Maryland will receive more than $19.1 million in Rental Housing Funds and $11 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the latest competitive funding round, DHCD announced.

The 11 projects will create or preserve 106 rental housing units and put more than $167 million into the economy. Just as importantly, the projects will help meet the affordable rental housing needs for working families and senior citizens in Baltimore City and six counties.

Awards are determined through competitive application rounds held periodically by DHCD.  Rental Housing Funds include a number of programs aimed at rehabilitating or creating rental housing, including the Rental Housing Works initiative.  The federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program was created to encourage the private sector to invest in the construction and rehabilitation of housing for low- and moderate-income families. States receive an annual tax credit allocation based on population.

The projects receiving awards in the fall 2014 round are:Read More »

More Than $2.4 Million in Grants Awarded Through Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative

JANUARY 10

Crownsville, MD – DHCD has awarded more than $2.4 million in capital and operating grants to four local nonprofit community development organizations through the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative.

The FY 2015 awards – $1.68 million in capital and $750,000 in operating funds for 18 projects – will help attract new investment to targeted areas in Baltimore City and Dundalk.

BRNI, in its second year, is aimed at increasing the ability of older neighborhoods to attract new homeowners and businesses. The awards will advance the comprehensive revitalization plans and strategic partnerships put in place by local neighborhood leaders and stakeholders. The BRNI grants (list attached) are anticipated to catalyze an additional $20 million in investment in these neighborhoods.

BRNI awardees are the Central Baltimore Partnership working in central Baltimore City; Southeast Community Development Corporation in southeast Baltimore City, Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. in Reservoir Hill; and Dundalk Renaissance Corporation in Dundalk, Baltimore County.

BRNI grew out of recommendations of the House Regional Revitalization Workgroup convened January 2014 by Speaker Michael E. Busch to focus on strengthening community and economic development efforts in the Baltimore Metropolitan region.

“Bringing back the vitality of older neighborhoods in the Baltimore region is important to the overall health of the region. These targeted neighborhood investments are showing the way to make this happen,” says Speaker Busch.

Award Totals:

  • Central Baltimore Partnership – $775,000
  • Southeast Community Development Corp. – $750,000
  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation – $535,000
  • Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. – $370,000.

– By Olivia CeccarelliRead More »