Community Planning and Grants

Public Notice/ Notice of Public Hearing

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development invites all interested citizens, community groups, agencies and non-profit organizations to attend a Public Hearing (Public Needs Hearing #1) regarding the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs and the development of the FFY2019 Annual Action Plan.  Please see notice for the details.


FFY2017 DRAFT Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (FFY17 DRAFT CAPER)

The FFY2017 CAPER is a report mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for all communities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding. The CAPER reports the outcomes and accomplishments set forth in the County’s FFY17 Annual Action Plan. Click here to view the CAPER.


Approved FFY2018 Annual Action Plan  

Howard County, MD receives annual allocations of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funding from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be used for community development and affordable housing benefiting low-income residents of Howard County between 0-80% area median-income (AMI). 

In accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from HUD for housing and community development programs, Howard County has prepared its FFY2018 Annual Action Plan, which is the 3rd Year of its four-year Consolidated Plan for FFY2016-2019. The Approved FFY2018 Annual Action Plan can be viewed by  clicking here.


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 click here to email the HOME Specialist.



Approved FFY2016-FFY2019 Consolidated Plan / FFY2016 Annual Action Plan 

The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program that must be completed by the entitlement community every four (4) years.  The Howard County Four Year Consolidated Plan establishes the goals Howard County proposes for the next four (4) year period and outlines the specific initiatives the County will undertake to address these goals by encouraging the development of decent housing, promoting a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities.  The FFY16 Annual Action Plan is approved within the FFY16 Consolidated Plan.  The Annual Action Plan is also required by HUD and must be approved every year during the Approved Consolidated Plan time-frame.  The Annual Action Plan describes specific actions the County will take during the program year to implement the goals and objectives outlined in the Approved Consolidated Plan.  







Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.

HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.





Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

HOME Investment Partnership funds provides formula grants to States and local jurisdictions that communities use often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, acquire, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income persons. HOME is the largest Federal grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. The program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development. The program's flexibility allows States and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancement, or rental assistance or security deposits. Public Notice and Notice of Public Hearing Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development.