MACo Urges Funding for Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence

MACo has submitted a letter to Governor Hogan in support of funding the Local Housing Grant Program for Homeless Veterans and Survivors of Domestic Violence in his FY 2021 budget. The program establishes a housing voucher grant program to help counties target and address homelessness for particularly vulnerable and hard to reach members of their communities. It was created by HB 672/SB 810 which passed in the 2019 session with MACo support and was signed…

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Researchers: 2020 Census Guides $1.5 Trillion in Spending

In 2017, 316 federal spending programs relied on 2010 Census-derived data to distribute $1.504 trillion to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and households across the nation -- more than previously thought, according to researchers at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The spending, which accounted for 7.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product in FY2017, varied substantially in terms of size, geographic focus, and extent of reliance on and uses of census data. The…

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Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program is Open for FY20
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Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program is Open for FY20

The Maryland Energy Administration is accepting new applicants for the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) Program for Fiscal Year 2020. The program budget for FY20 is $860,000 - $475,000 is allotted for Energy-Efficient projects, up to $300,000 for Tier 1 Renewable Energy projects, and up to $85,000 for Transportation projects - and will be divided between new communities and existing MSEC communities. The Deadline for both new and existing communities is December 20, 2019. For…

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Montgomery Unveils New Economic Development Plans and New Housing Goals

The Montgomery County Council has announced a new vision for economic development and new targets for housing. The proposals are intended to help bring businesses and opportunities to the county while addressing the infrastructure and housing needs for the county's growing population. An article from The Washington Business Journal on the new economic development plan: The County Council rolled out a comprehensive plan to lure businesses back to the Maryland suburb Tuesday, outlining several broad focus…

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Prince George’s Accepting Applications for FY20 Local Impact Grants

The Prince George’s County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) today announced the opening of the FY 2020 Local Impact Grant application period. The Local Impact Grant Program supports non-profits that serve Prince George’s County in the defined impact area around MGM National Harbor. The PGCLDC was created by state law as a mechanism for ensuring the public is engaged and has input into how the government mitigates any negative impacts a new gaming facility may have on…

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Statistics In Schools Program Launched Ahead of 2020 Census

The United States Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program aims to raise awareness around the role of schools in acquiring accurate community census counts. The program includes 67 activities that focus on math, statics and data analysis for children. The program also focuses on English Language Learner adults and children. From the Census Bureau: Overview Statistics in Schools provides more than 100 activities that you can use in any year—and whenever you have a new…

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Baltimore County Council Approves ‘HOME Act’

The Baltimore County Council has approved the 'HOME Act" which prohibits landlords from engaging in source of income discrimination. Under the act, landlords cannot refuse to rent to someone solely because of their source of income which includes federal housing vouchers or other public assistance. They are still able to review rental applicants' criminal history, credit, as well as rental history as part of the vetting process. The Baltimore Sun reports:  County Executive Johnny Olszewski…

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Harford Ramps Up Census Prep Ahead of 2020 Count
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Harford Ramps Up Census Prep Ahead of 2020 Count

Planning is underway in Harford County for the 2020 Census, which will determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are allocated to states and local communities. Harford County’s Complete Count Committee (photo courtesy of Harford County Government). “Harford County residents understand the importance of the census,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “Our response rate in 2010 was high at 81%, but that still…

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2020 Census: The Foundation for Our Future

Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Moreover, businesses and industries decide where to locate new facilities and services based on census data, creating new jobs, and promoting economic growth. An accurate census count, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on counties, particularly when it comes to the distribution of federal funds. An under-counted population may lead to a…

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Kent County Local Management Board Announces Planning Session for Kent Ends Poverty

The Kent County Local Management Board (KCLMB) has announced a free action planning session for Kent Ends Poverty, a newly launched community plan that focuses on ending inter-generational poverty in Kent County. The Board invites community and business leaders, public and private sector providers, youth and concerned residents to attend. The planning session will be held on Thursday, November 14, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at The Kent Center, located at 215 Scheeler Road…

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