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The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is currently signing up qualified District residents (those who meet the income qualifications listed below) for its Solar For All program. It aims to sign up around 2,000 District residents in the next few months. Qualified residents that sign-up receive credits on their Pepco bill of around $500 per year, which is about 50% of the average Pepco bill for District residents, allowing them to share in the benefits of clean solar power. For more information, please contact DOEE at email@example.com or (202) 299-5271.
Washington DC residents can participate in Solar for All single family solar or community solar options if the household income is below 80% of the area median income (AMI) threshold.
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Household income amounts listed in the eligibility table are effective as of 06/28/19, but may change.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is initiating the process to revise the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide (Guide). This notice is an update about upcoming events and opportunities for you to provide feedback to this ongoing process. It is the intention of the Department to have a transparent and open process regarding the changes to the Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide.
Since the creation of the LIHTC program in 1986, the Department has benefited greatly from the input and participation of its partners, with the end result being the production of thousands of quality affordable rental homes for low-income households across the State. As the Department moves forward in revising the Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide, it is committed to achieving a final product that balances many competing priorities and benefits from the collective expertise and experience of interested parties.
This notice, as well as other documents and resources associated with the revision of the Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide will be posted to the website through this process.
Beginning in September, the Department will hold a series of Regional Listening Sessions to provide an overview of the Spring 2019 Round, solicit additional comments you, as well as to engage in a dialogue regarding revisions to the Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide. Below are the dates and locations of the Regional Listening Sessions. Please feel free to attend as many of the meetings as you wish.
Eastern Shore: Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Town of Denton
4 North Second Street, Denton, Maryland 21629
Southern Maryland: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706
Western Maryland: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Elgin Station Crossing Community Center
40 Elgin Boulevard, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Central Maryland – North: Friday, October 4, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
300 North Apartments
300 N Warwick Ave, Baltimore, MD 21223
Following the Regional Listening Sessions, it is the Department’s goal to issue to a draft Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide for comment during the fall. It is the Department’s goal to complete this process and adopt a new Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide in early 2020.
The Department has established a dedicated email address for the revision of the Qualified Allocation Plan and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide: dhcd.qap@Maryland.gov. Please submit your comments regarding your suggested revisions to this address. Questions can be directed to 301-429-7775 or Gregory.Hare@Maryland.gov.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed Debt Collection Rule is now open for comments through August 19, 2019. As drafted, the rule allows debt collectors to:
The National Consumer Law Center provides resources to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that our communities need stronger protections from abusive debt collectors. Tools include a Comment Roadmap with prompts for pulling together an impactful comment, fact sheets with state data, and an August 8 webinar in collaboration with Prosperity Now.
ULI Washington conducted a 2015 Millennial Study to find out the influence that the Millennial generation is having on the underlying fundamental values in Washington and its close-in suburbs. While it is difficult to predict whether their presence will truly shift our ways of living, working, and collaborating, this survey sought to examine how the generation might influence trends in housing, entertainment, retail and transportation because of their entrepreneurial spirit and the rise of the sharing economy. There is also interest in how their needs will change as they grow older and form families. The 2015 survey served as a baseline to track trends over time, especially as more Millennials marry and have children. The survey also provided information for public officials and the real estate industry as they create policies and products to respond to the needs of this cohort.
Three years have passed since the first report and ULI is conducting the study again to see how the baseline information has changed over that time. In 2015, there were over 1,300 respondents. The survey screens potential respondents to be sure they are in the desired survey cohort who are under 35 living within specific zip codes within the Beltway.
If you would like to participate, visit this link, and also share with your colleagues, constituents and friends. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be open for at least the next two weeks.
Earlier this year, HAND along with several of its members and partners, signed onto revisions to DC’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan is a document that our local leaders use to guide how the city will grow and change in the coming decades. The coalition recently completed and submitted its amendment package, which fundamentally aims to improve the Comp Plan to build more homes, build and preserve more affordable homes, and provide better protections against displacement. The group that drafted the package included DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), MidAtlantic Realty Partners (MRP) and EYA.