About Our Grants

Our Department receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administers those grants to non-profits who work directly with residents of Howard County.  The County receives Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds.

Notices, Reports and Plans
Notice of Substantial Amendment - 5-day Public Comment

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development has determined that it is necessary to revise the approved use(s) under the grant awarded by the Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for a rental assistance program due to the coronavirus.  As other sources have been identified for this use, the CDBG funding can be used for other needs in conformance with program regulations.

In accordance with our CDBG Citizen Participation Plan, we are seeking public comment on our plan to divert funding from rental assistance activities to the following activity:

Community Action Council (CAC), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, will use CDBG funding to provide short-term mortgage payments up to 6-months for low- and moderate-income Howard County residents that have had COVID-19 related job loss resulting in the household’s inability to pay their mortgage.  Award Amount - $300,000.00

Howard County has amended our Citizen Participation Plan to allow for virtual public hearings and a 5-day Public Comment Period. On April 23, 2020, the County submitted a Waiver Letter to HUD requesting the use of those waivers allowing for the virtual town hall meetings and the 5-day public comment period.

All comments must be received by May 25, 2021 at 11:59.99 PM. Written comments must be directed to Kelly Cimino, Director, Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development or to Elizabeth Meadows, Chief, Community Planning and Grants, at the Department of Housing & Community Development at 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 224, Columbia, MD 21046. Comments can also be provided by email, either to Kelly Cimino at [email protected] or to Elizabeth Meadows at [email protected]


Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

To complete the CDBG and HOME program year, the County reports annually on the progress it has made toward its Consolidate Plan goal in the Consolidate Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER describes Howard County’s affordable housing and community development activities carried out over the past program year running from July 1st through June 30th each year. The CAPER also provides the community a concise breakdown of the federal funds used for activities that were undertaken during the program year and an evaluation of the County’s progress in carrying out the goals and objectives as stated in the Five Year Consolidated Plan.

COVID-19 Funding Update

The County was awarded additional federal funding to help combat the economic effects of the pandemic. These funds are available for help rent, utilities and mortgage assistance here.  For additional assistance, contact the grants team at (410) 313-6318 Option 4.

Planning Documents

FFY2020 - FFY2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan

Howard County, MD is a federal entitlement community under the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME). In compliance with HUD regulations, the County must prepare a Consolidated Plan, every five years to assess its affordable housing and community development, economic development, and strategic planning needs. The needs and priorities identified in the Consolidated Plan are addresses annually through the Annual Action Plans which present what specific activities the County will accomplish with CDBG, HOME and other funding sources. 

Click here to review the 5-Year Consolidated Plan.


Howard County Updated Citizen Participation Plan Amended April 2020

In accordance with 24 CFR Part 91 of the federal regulations governing the Consolidated and Annual Action Plans and Howard County’s Citizen Participation Plan, notice is hereby given that the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is proposing to amend its FFY19 Annual Action Plans. Click here for a copy of the County’s Citizen Participation Plan.




HOME Program Policy Guide

Howard County’s Department of Housing and Community Development staff have created a HOME Investment Partnership Program  Policy and Procedure Guide as mandated by the 2013  HOME Program Rule.  For any questions related to this guide, please email the HOME Specialist [email protected] 

Annual Grant Applications

Interested in applying for a grant from the CDBG or HOME Program. Here is a sample of grant applications that the County uses.  

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