ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) are seeking proposals from community partners for homeownership and neighborhood initiatives, as well as rehabilitation and multifamily rental housing projects, that are eligible for funding from the Housing Opportunities Trust Fund (HOTF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). 
The HOTF is the first financial tool to help implement the actions identified in the Housing Opportunities Master Plan and received an initial allocation of $5 million in the County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget. DHCD is seeking proposals for initiatives that are bold and impactful to help address the County’s affordable housing needs and gaps. 

As we prepare for the upcoming budget sessions, the applications received for this funding round can help guide our planning for future allocations to the housing trust fund.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

This funding provides an opportunity to support initiatives that can make a difference in our community. We encourage those serving and working in the community to submit applications that will address housing needs and gaps in innovative ways.

Kelly Cimino
Director, Department of Housing and Community Development

The application is now open and can be found on DHCD’s website, along with application requirements. Applications are due by no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 14th. 
A virtual pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th at 2:00 pm. Interested applicants may ask questions about the HOTF NOFA requirements during the conference. To receive a link to participate in the pre-proposal conference on the 14th, please email Kanise Lewis at [email protected] by March 10th.  
The County is currently reviewing applications from potential members for the HOTF Committee. Selected members will be contacted in March. Following the HOTF NOFA submission deadline of April 14th, the HOTF Advisory Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the DHCD Board for consideration. The DHCD Board will review the committee’s recommendations and provide pre-approval decisions to the DHCD Director. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Monday, May 15th.  
For more information on the HOTF, visit the DHCD’s website.

Media Contacts
Kelly A. Cimino, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development

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