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The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State’s Consolidated Plan.
The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low, low, and moderate-income persons. In addition to being a planning document, the Consolidated Plan also serves as the State’s application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunity With AIDS (HOPWA) and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF). These funds are used primarily in the State’s rural areas (with the exception of HTF), as many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury receive their own funding directly from HUD. DHCD will receive about $4.1 million in HOME funding, $7.1 million in CDBG funding, $1 million in ESG funding, $3 million in HTF funding and $1.8 million in HOPWA funding in FFY 2017.
In addition to the above, the Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD’s competitive grant programs. Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State’s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer’s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan.
In developing its five-year Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources on four main priorities: Revitalizing Communities, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, Providing Homeownership Opportunities and Reducing Homelessness. The Annual Plan update (which will be for the third year of the current Five Year Plan) will establish one-year goals for these priorities. It is for this purpose that we are holding public hearings – to gain input regarding how to carry out these goals in the coming year.
The draft Annual Plan has been written. It should be noted that HUD has changed the Annual Plan from a written document to a largely online tool using pre-filled data. DHCD has written a draft Annual Plan, using the new online system using the data that HUD has provided, and has opened a 14 day public comment period beginning Monday, July 10, 2017. A second set of hearings will be held beginning the third week in July. Written comments (by both email and standard mail) will also be accepted at the hearings, or may be submitted in writing through COB Sunday, July 23, 2017 (at the address listed below). The final version of the Annual Plan will be submitted to HUD on or around August 16, 2017.
The draft Annual Plan is available on-line on DHCD’s website at http://dhcd.maryland.gov. It can be found under the “Publications” heading at the bottom of the website. In addition, copies of the draft Annual Plan are available at the following libraries: the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Blackwell Library in Salisbury, the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, the Lewis J. Ort Library in Frostburg, the Frederick Douglas Library in Princess Anne, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library in Charlotte Hall. A large print version is available at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore. Free copies of the draft Annual Plan are also available by calling, writing, or e-mailing the address and phone numbers listed below.
The second set of hearings on the draft Annual Plan will be held at the following dates, times, and places:
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM
320 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Town of Denton
4 N. Second Street
Second Floor Training Room
Denton, MD 21629
Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Fairview Branch Library
Small Meeting Room
Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road
Owings, Maryland 20736
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Allegany County Office Complex
701 Kelly Road
Potomac Room 230
Cumberland, MD 21502
All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend. Any questions or comments should be directed to the following contact:
Ms. Ja’Nai C. Streat
Senior Housing Policy Analyst
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
301-429-7445 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1-800-735-2258
If you are a first-time home buyer, you could be eligible for up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost toward the purchase of your first home! The Pathway to Purchase Home Buyers Assistance Program is offered by Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development. Check out more details here!
The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), the largest convener of affordable housing and community development professionals in the Washington metropolitan region, held its 26th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo at the Omni Shoreham Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More than 1,400 attendees and over 100 exhibitors participated in HAND’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Housing Expo that focused on gentrification in the Greater Washington area, and affordable housing as an economic imperative for the region.
HAND is also the largest professional association of affordable housing industry professionals in the Greater Washington area, offering a mix of training, capacity building and cultivation events for emerging and seasoned professionals alike. HAND’s membership represents the spectrum of industry professionals in the field and includes businesses, real estate developers, nonprofits, financiers, policy makers, resident services providers, government agencies, and more.
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HAND is excited to announce the winners of our 13th Annual Children’s Art Contest, in which youth residing in HAND member properties demonstrated their interpretation of “Fair Housing for All.” The winners will each receive a $300 cash prize, and the winners’ Resident Services Program will receive a cash prize of $200 for administering the contest! Eight runners-up will receive a $25 gift card. Congratulations to Fatmata Marah & Tiwalade Taylor and thank you to our sponsor Enterprise!
Grand Prize Winners:
Fatmata Marah & Tiwalade Taylor, Humphrey Management
Kennedy Lancaster, Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Kaiely Morales, AHC, Inc.
Kyla Zieneara, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Anthony Nori, Homes for America
Shaniah Newport, Mission First Housing Group
Yordy Amanuel, Wesley Housing
Katriena Ellis, Good Shepherd Housing
Kayla Fotso, Victory Housing
Pepco Holdings, as part of its merger into Exelon, has agreed to assist owners of subsidized properties in the Pepco and Delmarva Power service areas with an easier way to obtain utility use information from its tenants in order to obtain approved Utility Allowances from their local jurisdiction or housing authority that can be used to calculate maximum allowable rents under affordable housing programs, such as LIHTC, HOME or HUD Sec. 202.
As of May 1, Owners of multifamily properties with five or more units must obtain permission from all tenants to allow Pepco to share utility use and billing for the previous 12 months for all tenants. Owners should fax a spreadsheet or Word document with the addresses, unit number, and names of all adults on lease to Pepco’s Correspondence Department at (202) 872-3217. Pepco will furnish utility bill amounts for all units in a timely fashion so that owners can submit the information to their local jurisdiction or housing authority, whichever entity is responsible for approving utility allowances for the property. Pepco reserves the right to do spot checks of tenant files to ensure that Owner does, in fact, have permission from all tenants for Pepco to share this info, as there are privacy issues involved.
Pepco will be setting up a website that includes these request forms and explains the process in the coming months.
The following is a summary of the low income data sharing program that Pepco/DPL will be implementing pursuant to Condition 3(D) of Maryland Public Service Commission Order No. 86990:
• Landlords and property owners will be able to submit the form certifying that they have obtained the consent of customers for Pepco/DPL to share their usage data with the landlord/property owner. The form largely mirrors the form currently used by BGE, although language has been added making it clear that Pepco/DPL will have the right to conduct spot checks to ensure that the requesting landlord/property owner can produce a sampling of signed consents. In the event the landlord/property owner is unable to produce all of the consents requested in the sampling, the form further states that Pepco/DPL reserve the right to withhold the usage data for all tenants associated with that specific landlord/property owner until the landlord/property owner produces signed consents for each unit for which usage data is requested.
• Landlords and property owners will need to include as part of their request an attachment listing the adult (defined as over the age of 18) occupant(s) of record for each unit included in the request. This will allow Pepco/DPL to confirm that at least one occupant in each unit is the utility customer of record.
• The specific points of contact at Pepco and DPL to whom landlords/property owners can submit requests for usage data are as follows:
o For Pepco, requests for usage data should be faxed to Pepco’s Correspondence Department at (202) 872-3217.
o For Delmarva Power, requests for usage data should be sent to the Community Outreach Team. The phone number is (800) 375-8599, the fax number is (410) 860-6505, and the email address is email@example.com.
Important documents are as follows:
LOW INCOME DATA SHARING INSTRUCTION SHEET
PROPERTY MANAGER/LANDLORD USAGE INFORMATION REQUEST FORM (PEPCO VERSION)
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