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Kittleman appoints Kelly Cimino as Director of Department of Housing and Community Development

August 19, 2016

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Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced today the appointment of Kelly A. Cimino as Director of the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development. Cimino has been serving as acting director since July 1.

A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in business administration, Cimino joined the county in 2008 as the Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program coordinator and was promoted to oversee all the homeownership programs in 2012.

“Kelly has long been an advocate for those in need of housing assistance,” said Kittleman. “We’re really fortunate here in Howard County that we had someone on staff that could step up and take on this role and I have confidence that Kelly’s experience makes her eminently qualified to lead our housing effort.”

In her role as director, Cimino will manage the divisions that administer the federal Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership programs, the state Rental Assistance Program and Maryland Housing Repair Program programs, as well as the county affordable housing programs, including the MIHU program and the Settlement Downpayment Loan Program.

“I am so excited to work with County Administration on programs and policies that affect the housing landscape in a positive way,” Cimino said. “The Department will continue to focus on programs to revitalize older neighborhoods, encourage homeownership and provide affordable housing opportunities for people to live and work in the county”.

A native of Howard County, Cimino attended Clarksville Middle and Atholton High schools.

As a result of legislation approved earlier this year, the Howard County Housing Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development became separate entities. A Joint Task Force for the Reorganization of the Department of Citizen Services and DHCD recommended the split in 2015. The department, however, will continue to partner with the Housing Commission on various projects, including the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia.

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