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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Montgomery’s Rent Cap Expires

On Sunday, May 15th, Montgomery County's cap on rent increases established by Council Bill #30-21E - Landlord-Tenant Relations - Restrictions During Emergencies - Extended Limitations Against Rent Increases and Late Fees expired.  Council Member Will Jawando introduced the law intended to assist struggling residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, capping rent increases throughout the county for 90 days, beginning on February 14, 2022. The law prohibited landlords from increasing rents beyond the county's voluntary rent guidelines, set…

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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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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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2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards Nominations Open

The Maryland Department of Planning has officially opened nominations for the 2022 Sustainable Growth Awards.  The Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards celebrate significant achievements by individuals, businesses, organizations and local governments to realize the 12 planning visions adopted by the Maryland General Assembly. The annual awards promote exemplary work that represents or inspires collaboration, innovation, conservation, community impact and quality of life. The annual awards are presented by the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and are the highest level…

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Montgomery Officially Adopts Building Energy Performance Standards

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed local legislation adopting building energy performance standards (BEPS). Yesterday Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed the “Building Energy Performance Standards” (BEPS) legislation (Bill 16-21) into law. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the County Council on April 19, will expand the County’s benchmarking requirements by setting minimum energy performance standards for existing buildings. This will be one of the most effective ways to reduce energy demand, and carbon…

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Over $1.7M Awarded to More Than 100 Maryland Nonprofits

Today the state awarded over $1.7 million to over 100 Maryland nonprofits through the Community Investment Tax Credit Program. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced today the award recipients for the Community Investment Tax Credit Program. More than 100 nonprofit organizations, designated as 501(c)(3) organizations by the Internal Revenue Service, applied for these tax credits in order to attract private contributions to support projects or activities in communities located within a designated…

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