State Awarded $6.9 Million to Expand Housing Assistance for Marylanders with Disabilities

Maryland was awarded over $6.9 million in Section 811 grant funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Project Rental Assistance Program Grant. This grant award will assist the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in growing statewide affordable rental housing opportunities for low income residents with disabilities. The state is one of only 16 to receive Section 811 grant awards, which totaled $54.7 million. DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt…

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State Dispenses $200 Million for Affordable Housing

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will administer $200 million in financing tools and new programs to produce more than 6,000 additional rental housing units statewide. The funding announcement comes as several supports addressing housing instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have either expired or are winding down including the statewide eviction moratorium and Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Governor Hogan discussed the importance of the new funding in a press release: “During our administration,…

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Frederick Among Healthiest Counties in Maryland

In the 2022 County Health Rankings published by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Frederick County ranks third healthiest among all Maryland counties. The rankings are intended to bring "actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to diverse leaders and residents so people and communities can be healthier." Health metric categories comprising the rankings include length of life, quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care, social & economic factors, and physical environment.…

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Maryland Receives $2 Million to Implement 9-8-8 Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Biden Administration has made nearly $105 million in grant funding available to states and territories, including $1,972,989 for Maryland, through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help implement the 9-8-8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2020, Congress designated 9-8-8 as the dialing code for the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which exists to help people overcome crisis situations and connect them to needed services and supports. As noted in a recent blog post by…

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$5 Million Available to Local Governments to Combat Opioid Crisis

Today, Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) is making $5 million available to state agencies, local governments, and community-based organizations to support programs and initiatives addressing the opioid crisis. The OOCC's Competitive Grant Program scores applicants based on whether they address the greatest needs around the state and help meet the goals outlined in the agency’s Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan. Applicants have until Friday, May 27, 2022, at 5 p.m. to apply. The OOCC announced the funding…

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Baltimore City to Give Young Parents $1,000 per Month

Today, Baltimore City opened applications for its Baltimore Young Families Success Fund (BYFSF), the City's Guaranteed Income pilot program. The program will provide young parents with an unconditional cash payment of $1,000 per month over 24 months to provide financial relief for their families and stabilize their households. Applications close on on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. A randomized lottery will select 200 eligible Baltimore City residents for the BYFSF. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon…

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The Opioid Settlements: Where Are We Now?

The Maryland General Assembly passed, and Governor Larry Hogan has signed, House Bill 1086/Senate Bill  419 - Opioid Restitution Fund - Appropriation of Settlement Funds and Grant Program, which codifies a division of funds agreement between the state and local subdivisions (counties and municipalities) regarding several recent opioid settlements. In November of 2021, MACo, The Maryland Municipal League, and Attorney General Brian Frosh's Office began work on the agreement controlling approximately $395 million in settlement funds…

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Baltimore County and State Commit $20 Million to Security Square

On April 26th, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones joined together to unveil a $20 million effort to revitalize the commercial area surrounding Security Square Mall. For Fiscal Year 2022, the community-driven revitalization initiative will receive $10 million in County capital funding and an additional $10 million in State capital funding. County Executive Olszewski discussed the potential of Security Square in a press release: “All communities are worthy of investment…

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Baltimore City’s Avenue Market Gets $2 Million Federal Investment

On April 25th, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Congressman Kweisi Mfume, and Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott gathered to highlight a new federal investment of $2 million for the City's Avenue Market. The funds are intended to provide access to healthy foods for area residents, support local entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses and provide more jobs, and sustain farms across the metro area. The Avenue Market, located in the Upton neighborhood of West Baltimore, can be…

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Maryland is Safest State Under COVID-19 According to Study

A recent ranking of states based on safeguards in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic places Maryland at number one.  The study conducted by WalletHub ranked every state based on five metrics including rates of transmission, positivity rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and percentage of eligible residents vaccinated. Maryland led all states with a score of 80.79, with several neighboring jurisdictions including the District of Columbia (74.26) and Pennsylvania (71.41) also ranking in the top 10. Delaware…

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