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Public Notice/Notice of Public Hearings - FFY2019 Action Plan

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development invite all interested citizens, community groups, agencies and organizations to attend the following Public Hearings to obtain your comments regarding the development of the FFY2019 Action Plan Draft and proposed Budget.  The Action Plan 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 FFY2019 Action Plan is the final Action Plan under the approved four (4) Year Consolidated Plan.  Citizens can view the Public Notice by  clicking here.


Public Hearing Dates and Locations


Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 6:00 PM   9820 Patuxent Woods Drive

                                                                  Conference Room 212

         Columbia, MD 21046


Monday, April 22, 2019 – 7:00 PM      Banneker Room

           George Howard Building

           3430 Court House Drive

           Ellicott City, MD 21043

FFY2019 Annual Action Plan - Draft

In accordance with federal requirements, Howard County has completed its FFY2019 Annual Action Plan Draft. Please click here to review the document, and comments can be submitted to the attention of:

Ms. Elizabeth Meadows

9820 Patuxent Square Woods Drive

Suite 224

Columbia, MD 21046



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.