Community Planning and Grants

FFY2018 Request for Proposals

In order to apply for CDBG, HOME or MIHU Fee-in-lieu Program funds, please complete one of the following applications and submit to the Department of Housing and Community Development no later than February 05, 2018.  Please review detailed submission requirements within each application.

  1. FFY2018 - Application for Funding HOME Program
  2. FFY 2018 - Application for Funding CDBG Program
  3. FY2019 - Application for Funding MIHU Fee In Lieu Program

FFY2018 Annual Action Plan Needs Survey

Howard County is in the process of preparing its FFY 2018 Annual Action Plan(AAP). To help inform the preparation of this plan, the County requests input from advocates and service providers.  The County needs to prepare the AAP in order to access Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program Federal Funds, which the County uses to serve the low- and moderate income population of Howard County. Your input is vital, so we strongly encourage you to not only complete the survey, but please share with any other service providers that work to create affordable  housing and/or human service assistance programs.


Click here to complete the survey.

Public Notice/Notice of Public Meeting (January 11, 2018)

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development will host a Public Meeting regarding the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs and the development of the FFY2018 Annual Action Plan.   This is the second opportunity for the public to comment on the County’s FFY2018 Action Plan Process. 


At this meeting, Howard County will be announcing its Request for Proposals (RFP) as part of the FFY2018 Competitive Applications for Funding for both the HOME and CDBG Programs. The applications will be distributed after the Meeting.  You can view the Public Notice Here.



Amended Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) - Public Notice/Notice of Public Hearing

Click here for the Notice.


Howard County's Amended Citizen Participation Plan

The draft Amended CPP.


FFY2017 DRAFT Annual Action Plan

The FFY17 Annual Action Plan Draft describes specific actions the County will take during the program year to implement the goals and objectives outlined in the Approved Five Year Consolidated Plan. The Annual Action Plan is required by HUD and must be approved by the Howard County Council.  The Community Planning and Grants team have posted the FFY2017 Annual Action Plan Draft for the required 30-day Public Comment Period that will begin on February 14, 2017 and end March 15, 2017.  A  Public Meeting/Hearing will be held on March 14, 2017 in order to provide a forum for public comment.  The Draft 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.


FFY2016 DRAFT Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (FFY16 DRAFT CAPER)

The FFY16 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 Program (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funding.  The CAPER reports the accomplishments set forth in the FFY16 Action 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.