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.

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Notices, Reports and Plans
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Annual Action Plan - Public Hearings #4 and #5 - April 13 & 17, 2023
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The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) invite all interested residents, community groups, agencies and organizations to attend the following Public Hearings to obtain your comments regarding the development of the FFY2023 Annual Action Plan (AAP) Draft and proposed Budget.  The AAP is the County’s yearly application for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).  Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the CDBG and HOME programs provide funds for a variety of housing and community development activities that principally benefit low and moderate-income residents. The FFY2023 AAP is the fourth AAP under the approved five (5) Year Consolidated Plan. 

The Howard County draft FFY2023 Action Plan was made available for review and comment starting February 20, 2023, at DHCD, 9820 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 224, Columbia, MD 21046 and below. 

Public Hearing Dates and Locations

Thursday, April 13, 2023 – 6:00 PM      Housing & Community Development Board Meeting

                                                                      Via WebEx – email [email protected] to attend

                                                                      Provide comments: [email protected]

Monday, April 17, 2023 – 7:00 PM         County Council Session - Banneker Room

                                                                      George Howard Building

                                                                      3430 Court House Drive

                                                                      Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

Required Second Public Hearing

Howard County was awarded $2,000,000.00 in CDBG-CV funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) to provide up to six (6) consecutive months of short-term rental and mortgage assistance for low- and moderate-income Howard County residents at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Funding was administered through the Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. (CAC). 

One of the requirements of receiving this CDBG-CV funding from MDHCD is that the County must conduct a second public hearing to review program performance. This must take place in conjunction with a regularly scheduled meeting of the elected public officials. Howard County will be using the April 17, 2023, meeting before the Howard County Council to fulfill this requirement.

If you plan on testifying, a written copy of your testimony should be provided at the time of the hearing.  If you cannot attend the Hearing but would like to offer testimony, 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 DHCD’s address in the notice above.  Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 pm on the date of the Hearings and all comments must be received by the end of the day on April 17, 2023. (5pm)

Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking citizens and a sign language, interpreter services will be available upon request with three (3) days advance notice to Quanita Kareem, Compliance Officer at 410-313-3386 or email [email protected].

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DRAFT ANNUAL ACTION - Public Comment Period - Public Hearing - March 15, 2023
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The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development invites all interested residents, community groups, agencies and organizations the opportunity to obtain your comments regarding the development of the FFY2023 Annual Action Plan (AAP) Draft and proposed Budget.  The AAP is the County’s yearly application for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).  Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the CDBG and HOME programs provide funds for a variety of housing and community development activities that principally benefit low and moderate-income residents. The FFY2023 AAP is the fourth under the approved five (5) Year Consolidated Plan.

30-Day Public Comment Period

The Comment Period begins February 20, 2023, and runs through Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Written comments must be received by the end of the thirty (30) day Public Comment Period.

Public Hearing Date and Location

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 6:00PM

Conference Room 211

9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046


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 Howard County Housing office, 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]

Efforts will be made to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled community members and offer translation services during the Public Hearing. Please submit a request with three (3) days advance notice to Quanita Kareem, Compliance Officer, at 410-313-3386 or email [email protected].

 

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Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
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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.

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Annual Action Plan (AAP)
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In accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing and community development programs, Howard County has prepared its FFY2022 Annual Action Plan in accordance with its five -year Consolidated Plan for FFY2020-2024.  This Action Plan outlines how the County will use federal resources to address the current housing and community development needs of our low to moderate income population, while remaining aligned with the goals outlined in our Consolidated Plan.

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, Maggie Carnegie at [email protected] 

Annual Grant Applications

Interested in applying for a grant from the CDBG, HOME or MIHU Fee-In- Lieu programs. Here is a sample of grant applications that the County used for FFY23/ FY24. Applications are due by February 1, 2023 @ 3:30pm 

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