Congressman Trone Secures $33 Million for Sixth District Community Projects

Congressman David Trone has helped secure $32,704,877 in funding for projects across Maryland's sixth congressional district, creating new jobs, delivering much-needed resources to Sixth District communities, and restoring neglected infrastructure. The Congressman requested and received funding for 15 projects in the 2023 fiscal year. He described the process for identifying project recipients across the sixth district, encompassing the westernmost portion of the state, in a press release: “As a businessman, I know how vital it is to…

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Baltimore City Aims to House 1,000 Homeless Families Through Fed Partnership

Baltimore City is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for an initiative entitled "House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis." House America will use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to promote a Housing First approach, immediately rehousing and creating a pipeline to build additional housing for people experiencing homelessness. For the 2022 calendar year, the City…

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Frederick Approves Budget: Cuts Taxes, Invests in Schools, Public Safety, Core Services

The Frederick County Council adopted a $792 million operating budget and a $215 million capital budget for the next fiscal year. The fiscal 2023 operating and capital budgets, proposed by County Executive Jan Gardner, invest in education, public safety, core services, libraries, school construction, and more. Funding for education and public safety makes up about 70 percent of the operating budget. While the operating budget increases approximately 10 percent over the current fiscal year, the…

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Charles Adopts Budget with Historic Funding for Schools, Public Safety

Charles County Commissioners adopt a balanced General Fund budget of $494,446,200. The fiscal 2023 budget, which marks a 9.8 percent increase over last year, prioritizes core services, provides historic funding for Charles County Public Schools, and makes record investments in public safety -- while holding income and property tax rates steady. “The county continues to prioritize education, public health and safety, and maintaining our core services for residents in the fiscal 2023 budget,” said Commissioner…

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The Biden Budget Proposal: What’s in It for Counties?

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has compiled an executive summary of county highlights for President Biden's FY 23 budget request. The nation’s 3,069 counties play a key role in administering federal programs and services in our local communities. Counties build and maintain public infrastructure, transportation and economic development assets, provide criminal justice and public safety services, and protect the public’s health and well-being. Policies and programs established by the federal government help support and…

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Extension of Education ARPA Deadline: What Counties Need to Know

The U.S. Department of Education will consider requests from local school districts for an 18-month extension on spending COVID-19 emergency funds. In a May 13 letter, the U.S. Department of Education agreed to consider applications to extend the deadline for LEAs to spend pandemic relief money provided by the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. The ARP ESSER program's goal is to help LEAs “prevent, prepare for, and respond to”…

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Grant Applications to Open for Six State Housing Revitalization Programs

On May 19th, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will open an application portal for six programs supporting local housing, community and economic development, and other revitalization projects. Grants are intended to assist local governments and nonprofits, and run through the following programs: Community Legacy Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide Strategic Demolition Fund – Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund Seed…

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Howard Launches Transformative $1.3 Million Program Tackling Maternal Health Disparities

Howard County has launched a $1.3 million maternal health program to ensure that vital prenatal and postpartum care is available and affordable for uninsured and underinsured women. The program will expand care to approximately 300 women annually. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball discussed the need to address health disparities among the county's mothers in a press release: Howard County is one of the healthiest communities in our nation, but we still have challenges to address. Hispanic mothers in…

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Take the NACo-Pew Questionnaire on County Fiscal Health

The National Association of Counties (NACo), in collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts, is conducting a brief (10-minute) questionnaire to glean the impacts of COVID-19 and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on county finances, as well as counties' perception of future fiscal challenges. NACo and Pew will use the information collected to analyze the state of county finances, develop appropriate technical assistance and understand county priorities. Click here to complete the questionnaire. According to NACo: This…

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US Justice Department Offering $40 Million for Community Policing

On Monday, May 9th, the U.S. Department of Justice made approximately $40 million in Community Policing Development (CPD) grants available, along with roughly $5 million for the Collaborative Reform Initiative.  Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta discussed the purpose of the funds in a press release: “Nothing is more important than keeping our communities safe,” said Associate Attorney General Gupta. “Each day, approximately half a million people throughout the United States call 911 for help and there…

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