Today, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced roughly $6.2 million in Community Development Block Grant awards. Below is the press release:

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Community Development Block Grant Awards to Sixteen Municipalities and Counties

Approximately $6.2 million in funding to go to projects in Southern, Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore

CROWNSVILLE, MD (August 19, 2011) – Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Raymond A. Skinner announced today that $6,230,000 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) have been awarded to 17 projects around the State. The selected projects leveraged $44,395,480 in other funds. Awards and projects include: $60,000 to the City of Crisfield in Somerset County for rehabilitation of the City Dock; $375,000 to provide downpayment assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers purchasing a foreclosed or vacant property in Waldorf, Charles County, and; $600,000 to repair sewer lines serving Mt. Savage in Allegany County. A detailed list of awardees is at the bottom of this press release.

“Part of the foundation for great communities is basic infrastructure, like water and sewer service, road improvements, and central community buildings and resources,” said Secretary Skinner. “The CDBG program supports those kinds of projects, and it also can be used to encourage housing rehabilitation and homeownership, making it an extremely versatile tool to revitalize Maryland’s cities and towns.”

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The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) received 31 applications requesting $39.3 million of Rental Housing Funds (RHF) and $31.1 million of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) proposing to create 1,147 family and 888 senior units. Eight projects with scores of 267 and above were awarded a total of $7.9 million in RHF and $8.0 million in annual LIHTC. The awards represent about 43% of the Department’s FY 2012 Rental Housing Funds, all of the CY 2011 and about half of the CY 2012 Tax Credit allocation:

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View the official announcement here


Weinberg Foundation to invest $1 million over two years – independent living is focus of grant

CROWNSVILLE, MD (May 9, 2011) – Flanked by Weinberg Foundation Chairman Donn Weinberg, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the “Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities” initiative which includes Weinberg Foundation funding of $1 million. The joint venture with the Weinberg Foundation was facilitated by the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) and includes the Maryland Departments of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the Weinberg Foundation and the state departments will work together to finance affordable, quality, independent, integrated housing opportunities for very low income persons with disabilities who meet certain eligibility criteria.

“The most vulnerable in our society are the hardest hit during challenging economic times such as this one. As you can imagine, there is great demand for affordable housing for people with disabilities,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The public-private partnership that we celebrate today moves us closer to our goal of increasing independent affordable rental housing opportunities for our friends and neighbors who live with a disability.”

“This grant permits the State of Maryland to begin to fill a gap in the coverage of housing programs designed to benefit low income individuals, by helping some ‘very’ low income disabled individuals,” said Donn Weinberg, Weinberg Foundation Chairman of the Board. “Although this grant will help only a small percentage of this community, it is a much-needed beginning – a down-payment, if you will, on what we hope can become a trend in our state and our nation. The Foundation is proud to be seen as a national leader in housing for people with disabilities.”

The Weinberg Foundation will provide $1 million over two years to be used as grant funds to cover capital costs in developments otherwise receiving DHCD financing. DHCD will refer interested nonprofit owners of projects receiving DHCD funding awards to the Weinberg Foundation for consideration. The Foundation, in coordination with DHCD, will determine the number of “Weinberg Apartments” within the development, which is expected to be five to ten percent of the total units. Once the Foundation approves a property, it will transfer its funding to DHCD and the department will be responsible for closing the financing, disbursing the funds for construction, and monitoring the project for compliance with the long-term Weinberg unit requirements. The first Weinberg units are expected to be available for occupancy in late 2012.

Weinberg units will house nonelderly disabled households at 15-30% AMI who pay 30% of their income for rent. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will qualify eligible disabled households and refer tenants to the units on lease-up and turnover. The Department of Housing and Community Development will work with DHMH and MDOD on a referral process similar to that of the Bridge Subsidy Demonstration Program to ensure that the units are made available to very-low income persons with a range of disabilities who are prepared and ready to be successful living independently. The Bridge Subsidy Demonstration Program assisted persons with disabilities to live independently by providing short–term rental assistance while the person awaited permanent housing assistance, generally a federal housing choice voucher. State-funded at $2.1 million, the Bridge Program assisted 110 persons with disabilities.

“Our history with the Weinberg Foundation has been a productive one as evidenced by our work together on the Weinberg Manor and Village projects as well as Dayspring,” said DHCD Secretary Raymond A. Skinner. “We applaud their commitment to the concept of independent living for people with disabilities and, also, anticipate that this partnership will position Maryland to be competitive for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new Section 811 program funding in 2012.”

“A solid home environment can be the foundation for a better life,” says Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of DHMH. “These affordable housing opportunities will change lives and communities for the better.”

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Maryland DHCD released it’s 2011 legislative review. Here are some highlights:

  • Passage of Senate Bill 83, which, extends a program that allows local governments to waive building impact fees in order to support, foster, or promote affordable housing programs for individuals or families of low- or moderate-income income, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.”
  • Passage of House Bill 728 which,  gives financially beleaguered homeowners facing foreclosure additional time to opt to seek foreclosure mediation.”
  • $188 million for the Section 8 Contract Administration Housing Program for maintaining quality rental housing for Maryland’s neediest citizens.
  • $25.5 million for Rental Housing Programs which rehabilitates and create new affordable housing for low income individuals and families. In addition to $21.5 million of state and federal resources, funding also includes $4 million for the MD-BRAC Preservation.
  • $10.4 million for Special Loans Programs which provide loans or grants for abatement of lead paint hazards, indoor plumbing improvements, sheltered housing facilities, and modification of group homes for Maryland citizens with special housing needs.
  • $8.5 million for Homeownership Programs which provide low, fixed-interest rate mortgage loans and down payment/settlement assistance to low and moderate-income individuals and families.
  • $6.0 million for the Partnership Rental Housing Program which provides loans or grants to local governments or housing authorities to construct or rehabilitate rental housing for low-income families.
  • $2.0 million for the Shelter and Transitional Housing Program which provides grants to develop emergency shelters and transitional housing.
  • $7.3 million for the Community Development Grant Program which provides grants to local governments in non-entitlement areas of the State for use in revitalizing.
  • $4.25 million for the Community Legacy Program which provides financing to assist with the revitalization of neighborhoods that are at risk of physical, economic, or social deterioration.
  • $4.25 million for Neighborhood Business Works which assists community-based economic development activities in designated revitalization areas.





Market Data, Princess Anne, Maryland, 2011-04-06


Governor Martin O’Malley signed the 2011 QAP and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide on January 24, 2011. The final versions of the QAP and Guide can be found below. All applications submitted after January 24, 2011 must comply with the January 24, 2011 version of the QAP and Guide:

2011 QAP Final 1-24-11

2011 Guide Final 1-24-11

Applications for the Spring 2011 Competitive Funding Round are due Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM. Applications must be delivered to the mailroom on the ground floor of 100 Community Place, Crownsville Maryland 21032.  All applications must use the updated Application Submission Kit that will be posted to the DHCD website by February 12, 2011


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development released a January draft 2011 QAP and final Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide. The January 13th release also contained a Multifamily Housing Notice:

Multifamily Housing Notice 11-01
2011 QAP January Draft
2011 Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced its fall 2010 competitive funding round winners. The fall funding round saw 25 applications requesting $40 million in Rental Housing Funds (RHF) and $25 million in LIHTC, with five projects receiving a total of $16 million in RHF and $3.68 million in tax credits.

LIHTC Over Subscription Rate: 579%

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Housing Think requested the scoring sheet and tax credit applications from DHCD but the request was denied. Gary W. Desper, Maryland Assistant Attorney General, informed Housing Think that the documents requested were subject to exemptions in the Maryland Public Information Act (Md. Code Ann., State Gov’t §§10-611 through 628). According to Mr. Desper, the scoring sheet falls under a “deliberative process” exemption (§10-618(b)) “as intra-agency documents that reveal the deliberative process of the Department.”

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November, 2010 drafts of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s 2011 QAP and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide:

Maryland Final Draft QAP
Maryland Final Draft QAP (Blackline)
Maryland Final Draft Guide
Maryland Final Draft Guide (Blackline)