More than $4.2 million awarded for public development projects
News Release, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
NEW CARROLLTON, MD (August 26, 2019) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards for the Fiscal Year 2020. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer more than $4.2 million in CDBG funding for nine community development and infrastructure projects.
“These awards reinforce my administration’s strong support of projects and initiatives in rural Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will improve infrastructure and services to help revitalize these communities.”
The national CDBG program was enacted into law by Congress as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. For 45 years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program has supported community redevelopment, affordable housing, and the expansion of economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate-income. The program is a vital resource for Maryland’s counties, cities, and towns in their efforts to maintain public infrastructure in their communities and provide critical services to their residents.
The CDBG Program is comprised of two parts. The Entitlement Program is managed by HUD and provides federal funds directly to larger, metropolitan counties and cities. The States and Small Cities Program provides federal funds to the states who then distribute assistance to more rural counties, cities, and towns. Through that program, the State of Maryland received nearly $7.8 million in funding in FY20. In addition to the nine community development and infrastructure projects, the funding will be used for homelessness services and special projects across the state.
“The Community Development Block Grant has been an important federal resource for economic development and neighborhood revitalization in Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We will continue to administer the program to effectively respond to the unique needs of these communities and support their redevelopment goals in a prudent and fiscally responsible manner.”
During the Hogan administration, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has administered nearly $40 million in CDBG assistance for more than 100 projects across Maryland.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) States and Small Cities Program
Fiscal Year 2020 Awards
- Allegany County – $800,000
Phase 2 of regional sewer improvements
- Calvert County – $800,000
Construction of food distribution facility
- Frederick County – $400,000
Renovation of affordable rental housing development
- Frederick County – $400,000
- Town of Oakland (Garrett County) – $320,000
- Somerset County – $310,000
Countywide blight removal
- Washington County – $729,282.05
Renovations to buildings used to provide services to persons with disabilities
- Town of Mardela Springs (Wicomico County) – $152,120
Sidewalk construction and improvements
- Worcester County – $300,000
Countywide housing rehabilitation
TOTAL – $4,211,402.05