SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the Sustainable Communities Program. This program is a place-based designation offering resources that support community development, revitalization and sustainability. 

Howard County has worked with Maryland DHCD to designate certain areas of the county as Sustainable Communities. These areas, and associated Sustainable Community applications/action plans, include:

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Benefits and Resources

Overview

To support revitalization of Sustainable Communities, state agencies have created a revitalization toolbox that documents available benefits and resources. 

For some of Maryland DHCD's programs - such as Community LegacyNeighborhood BusinessWorks, and Strategic Demolition Fund - Sustainable Community designation is a requirement.

In addition to providing resources on revitalization programs, state agencies also offer a searchable database on programs that support reinvestment in existing communities. The Reinvest Maryland Toolbox includes more than 100 federal and state programs that support infill, redevelopment and community revitalization in Maryland.

Who May Apply?

STATE PROGRAM

Local Governments

Community Development Organization (1)

Nonprofit

Business Owner

Commercial Property Owner

Community Legacy

For more information: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/CL.aspx

X

X

 

 

 

Neighborhood BusinessWorks

For more information:

http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Business/Pages/NBW.aspx

 

 

X

X

X

Strategic Demolition Fund

For more information:

http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/SDF.aspx

X

X

 

 

 

Sidewalk Retrofit

For more information:

Regional MDOT representative

X

 

 

 

 

Maryland Bikeways

For more information:

http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/Bike/Bikeways.html

X

 

 

 

 

Community Safety and Enhancement

For more information:

Regional MDOT representative

X

 

 

 

 

Small Commercial Tax Credit (Historic Preservation)

For more information:

https://mht.maryland.gov/taxcredits_small_commercial.shtml

 

 

 

 

X

(2)

Job Creation Tax Credit

For more information:

http://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs-for-businesses/job-creation-tax-credit

 

 

 

X

 

Sustainable Communities Tax Increment Financing

For more information:

https://mht.maryland.gov/taxcredits_small_commercial.shtml

X

 

 

 

 

Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund

For more information:

http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/WQFA/Pages/water_quality_fund.aspx

X

 

 

X

X

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

For more information:

http://dhcd.maryland.gov/HousingDevelopment/Pages/lihtc/default.aspx

 

 

X

 

X

Nonprofit Assistance Fund (Operating Assistance Grant)

X

 

X

 

 

1)      Examples of community development organizations include: community development corporations, main street organizations, downtown partnerships, etc

2)       Tenants with long-term leases (i.e. those over 20 +/- years) may be eligible to apply, with permission from the property owner



Howard County Funding Awards

The list below provides examples of the types of projects that have been funded (at least in part) by state programs of benefit to Sustainable Communities. Howard County and its partners received a few of these grants prior to Sustainable Community designation, when these areas were designated as Community Legacy Areas (a designation type that Maryland DHCD no longer administers, now that the Sustainable Community designation is available).

 

 

Project

Sustainable

Community

Funding

Program

Award

Year

Award

Value

US 1 Safety Evaluation – identify short-term actions to improve safety for pedestrians walking and bicycling along US 1.

North Laurel-Savage

BMC’s Unified Planning Work Program

2018

$85,000