Feds Allocate $4.2 Million for Community Development Projects Across Maryland

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer more than $4.2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for nine community development and infrastructure projects across Maryland.

The funding will support community development projects in Allegany, Calvert, Frederick, Garrett, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties.

The national CDBG program was enacted into law by Congress as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. For 45 years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program has supported community redevelopment, affordable housing, and the expansion of economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate-income.

According to a press release:

“These awards reinforce my administration’s strong support of projects and initiatives in rural Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “These grants will improve infrastructure and services to help revitalize these communities.”

The CDBG Program is comprised of two parts. The Entitlement Program is managed by HUD and provides federal funds directly to larger, metropolitan counties and cities. The States and Small Cities Program provides federal funds to the states who then distribute assistance to more rural counties, cities and towns. Through that program, the State of Maryland received nearly $7.8 million in funding in FY20. In addition to the nine community development and infrastructure projects, the funding will be used for homelessness services and special projects across the state.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) States and Small Cities Program
Fiscal Year 2020 Awards

  1. Allegany County – $800,000
    Phase 2 of regional sewer improvements
  2. Calvert County – $800,000
    Construction of food distribution facility
  3. Frederick County – $400,000
    Renovation of affordable rental housing development
  4. Frederick County – $400,000
    Homebuyer assistance
  5. Town of Oakland (Garrett County) – $320,000
    Sewer improvements
  6. Somerset County – $310,000
    Countywide blight removal
  7. Washington County – $729,282.05
    Renovations to buildings used to provide services to persons with disabilities
  8. Town of Mardela Springs (Wicomico County) – $152,120
    Sidewalk construction and improvements
  9. Worcester County – $300,000
    Countywide housing rehabilitation

TOTAL – $4,211,402.05

Read the full press release for more information.

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