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


Notice of Public Hearing - FFY2024 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN


February 29,2024

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) invites all interested residents, community groups, agencies, and organizations to attend a public meeting to obtain your comments regarding the development of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2024 Annual Action Plan and proposed Budget. Included in this year’s Annual Action Plan (AAP) are rehabilitation projects of the Waverly Winds and Ranleagh Court apartment complexes utilizing Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Section 108 Loan program funding for specific, eligible project costs. Repayment on the Section 108 loan is proposed to come from project cash flow and future Community Block Development Grant allocations. In addition to full on-site management and maintenance offices at each site, these newly constructed communities will include affordable housing units for extremely low, low-, and moderate-income households; units built specifically for people with disabilities, including hearing and visual impairments; business center, fitness facility, community/club room, homework/after-school program room, bike parking, central patio, dog park, and playground.

The AAP is the County’s yearly application for HUD’s CDBG and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding. CDBG and HOME funds provide for a variety of housing and community development activities that principally benefit low and moderate-income residents. The FFY2024 AAP is the fifth and final AAP under the approved 5-Year Consolidated Plan. A copy of the draft FFY2024 AAP with proposed budget will be available by February 29, 2024 at DHCD, 9820 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 224, Columbia, MD 21046 and on the County’s website under “Departments – Housing and Community Development” 

The 30-Day Public Comment Period regarding the draft FFY2024 Annual Action Plan begins on Thurs., Feb.29 and ends on Mon., April 1, 2024.

Public Hearing Date and Location

Monday, March 18, 2024, 6:00PM
Dept. of Housing & Community Development, Room 211
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

If you plan to testify, you must provide a written copy of your testimony at the time of the hearing. If you cannot attend the Hearing but would like to offer testimony, direct your written comments to Kelly Cimino, Director, Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development, or to Kim Zanti, Chief, Community Planning and Grants, at DHCD (see address above). Written comments must be received by the end of the thirty (30) day Public Comment Period (11:59.99 PM, April 1, 2024). Efforts will be made to accommodate disabled and non-English speaking citizens. Sign language interpretive services will be available upon request with three (3) days advance notice to Quanita Kareem, DHCD Compliance Officer, at 410-313-3386, or [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.


Annual Action Plan (AAP)


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 FFY22 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, Melissa Barbagallo 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 FFY24/ FY25. Applications are due by February 1, 2024 @ 3:30pm 

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