Montgomery to Consider Incentives for Development Over Metro Stations 

The Montgomery County Council will consider legislation that would provide incentives for high-rise developments over metro stations. Today, Councilmember Hans Reimer will introduce a bill that would allow developers to make a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to build residential and commercial buildings at least eight stories tall over metro stations. Developments would then be exempt for 100 percent of the real property tax for a 15 year period. The bill is an effort…

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Frederick to Set Aside $3 Million for Rent Relief

Frederick County executive Jan Gardner today announced that the County is joining with local partners to provide residents $3 million for rental assistance. The County is working with the City of Frederick and the nonprofit Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs to set aside $3 million for renters who have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Subject to income eligibility, residents may apply to receive up to three months of rent dating back…

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Congressional Delegation Announces $4.6M for Affordable Housing, Economic Development in Prince George’s

Maryland’s Congressional Delegation today announced $4.6 million in CARES Act funding through to address housing and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Prince George’s County. Prince George's County will receive $3,036,958 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and $1,523,903 from Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). https://twitter.com/LeaderHoyer/status/1280257161466183681 “Everyone deserves a stable and affordable place to call home,” said the lawmakers. “As COVID-19 has left many in Prince George’s County without jobs and struggling to support their…

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Baltimore County Dedicates Additional $3 Million for Eviction Prevention

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the county will dedicate an additional $3 million in funds to aid eviction prevention and other housing efforts. The funds will come from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds and will supplement the original $1 million previously allocated. The County anticipates that the additional resources will aid at least 800 families struggling to retain their housing. “Families across Baltimore County are facing significant financial challenges as…

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Planning Releases New Tools and Guidelines for Housing Element Development

The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has published new models and guidelines for housing elements in comprehensive plans. The new website includes data, best practices, and other useful resources for planning departments. MDP began the work to create the website and compile important resources after the passage of HB 1045 (2019) that requires jurisdictions include a housing element that addresses the need for affordable housing including workforce and low-income housing. During the 2020 Session the…

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Maryland Nears Milestone in 2020 Census Count

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Maryland currently has a 65.7% self response rate. As the state nears a two-thirds completion rate, Maryland Census reminds everyone that all residents need to be counted. https://twitter.com/MDCensus2020/status/1275433813435396098 Accurate counts for the census equate to improved funding for the state and local communities. Hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding are allocated for public services like hospitals and fire departments, and programs like school lunches. Census…

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DHCD to Counties: Here’s What We’re Doing to Tackle COVID-19 Housing Issues

In a letter to county leadership, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) shares what actions it is taking to address COVID-19 related housing issues in response to county concerns that more is needed.  The June 25 letter from DHCD to county leadership discusses the Department's actions related to affordable housing and assisted rental housing, homelessness, and homeownership. In regards to affordable housing and assisted rental housing: We have worked with properties in our…

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Advocates, Officials Raise Alarm About Potential Flood of COVID-19 Evictions

With the federal moratorium on evictions coming to an end and with the limited reach of the state eviction moratorium many remain on edge about evictions already in the courts' pipeline and those to come.  Maryland Matters reports on the concerns of advocates and local government officials as the July 25 end date to the federal eviction moratorium looms ahead and residents COVID related economic struggles remain: With a massive uptick in unemployment due to…

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Carroll Ranked Fifth-Best County in the Nation for Protecting and Providing for Kids

The Childhood Report produced by Save the Children ranks Carroll County fifth of more than 2,600 counties based on how well they protect and provide for children. The Childhood Report is the first-ever ranking of United States counties where children are most and least prioritized based on four factors: child hunger, poor education, teenage pregnancy, and early death due to ill health, accident, murder, or suicide. Maryland ranks 10th out of the 50 states with…

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Baltimore County Begins COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program

Baltimore County announced that funds are available for the first phase of its COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program, which provides rental assistance to Baltimore County residents at risk of losing their house due to loss of income from COVID-19. Applicants must be a resident of Baltimore County with a valid lease agreement, at risk of losing rental housing to income loss specifically from COVID-19, at or below the income limits detailed here, and must have applied…

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