FY22 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs Opens on May 17

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced this week the FY22 application round for State Revitalization Programs. DHCD's State Revitalization Programs (SRP) offer a range of funding to further the revitalization goals of communities across Maryland. For FY22, funding is available from the Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide, Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund and Seed Community Development Anchor Institution Fund. The application round will open on May 17…

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Cecil Secures Grants to Expand Broadband Access

County Executive Danielle Hornberger today announced that Cecil County has secured eight broadband expansion grants from Maryland’s Existing Broadband Networks Funding Program. These grants, which total over $605,000, will help support over $1 million in broadband projects as part of a partnership between the State of Maryland, Cecil County, and private sector providers. The eight projects will bring internet access to more than 15 percent of the County's unserved households and businesses. “I applaud the…

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Baltimore County Announces New Dept of Housing and Community Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today signed legislation creating the County’s first dedicated Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help ensure access to affordable housing, provide housing stability support, and develop stronger neighborhoods by providing community revitalization supports in a timely and efficient manner. Of the state’s largest jurisdictions, Baltimore County is the only one that does not currently operate a dedicated housing and community development department. The County’s new Department of Housing…

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County Leaders: State Needs To Prevent Eviction Wave

Multiple county leaders joined to urge Governor Hogan to take action, under his emergency powers, to stave off tenant evictions in the months ahead. A May 6 letter from county leaders urges Governor Hogan to take steps to prevent an unmanageable series of evictions that could arise under current law, as specific protections in the courts recede. In the weeks ahead, with anticipated receipt of federal ARPA funds, many jurisdictions would have the time to…

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Nutrition Programs Get a Federal Boost via ARPA Funding

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Received over $1 Billion infusion of federal funds, run through state governments, as part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act. From the NACo blog: During the week of April 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of two tranches of funding authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA): $1.135 billion to bolster state administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)…

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Counties Have Role in Poverty Reduction Under Federal Plan

During NACo's regional meeting this week, Northeastern leaders discussed the potential role for counties in promoting poverty reduction - mainly in promoting more residents to file a tax return to become fully eligible for the new refundable tax credit. How the American Rescue Plan Will Cut Child Poverty in Half in 2021 – Rachel Mackey  rmackey@naco.org Learn more about the county role in child poverty reduction: NACo testimony before Ways and Means committee Counties for…

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Frederick Awards Community Partnership Grants

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, County Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer, and Council Vice President Michael Blue today announced $1 million in awards to 30 local nonprofit human service organizations through the County’s Community Partnership Grant program, which awards competitive grants to nonprofits serving community needs. “Our nonprofit partners are taking care of people in our community,” said County Executive Gardner. “By supporting these human services organizations, we are able to leverage our efforts and resources…

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Will 2021 Bring a Wave of Evictions?

The General Assembly considered, but did not pass, legislation to codify Maryland's current policy staving off evictions of lease-holding tenants -  advocates worry that may open the door to widespread "failure to pay" evictions. Among the subjects of extensive government assistance has been renter relief - seeking to avoid massive tenant evictions while many Americans have lost their regular incomes due to economic disruptions of the pandemic. The rights of tenants "holding over" after the…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Housing and Community Development

An overview of MACo's advocacy on housing and community development legislation in the 2021 General Assembly.  When advocating for the housing and community development needs of counties MACo supports legislation that bolsters the efforts of local governments to address public and affordable housing, bight, foreclosure, and community development. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 442nd legislative session,…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Safety & Corrections

An overview of MACo's advocacy on public safety & corrections legislation in the 2021 General Assembly.  Counties are the primary provider of public safety services in the state. Each county is required to have an elected sheriff and some also have a county police force. Additionally, each county operates a local jail that holds inmates awaiting trial and those sentenced to 18 months or less. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session…

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