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:
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 Legacy, Neighborhood 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.
Community Development Organization (1)
Commercial Property Owner
For more information: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/CL.aspx
For more information:
Strategic Demolition Fund
Regional MDOT representative
Community Safety and Enhancement
Small Commercial Tax Credit (Historic Preservation)
Job Creation Tax Credit
Sustainable Communities Tax Increment Financing
Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Nonprofit Assistance Fund (Operating Assistance Grant)
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
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).
US 1 Safety Evaluation – identify short-term actions to improve safety for pedestrians walking and bicycling along US 1.
BMC’s Unified Planning Work Program
North Laurel Connections – design of trail and on road facilities and signage from Savage Park, North Laurel Community Center and the City of Laurel
Façade Improvement Program – matching grants to give financial incentive to main street building owners for façade restoration.
Strategic Demolition – being used for the reconstruction of St. Luke’s wall.
Baldwin Commons and Carroll Baldwin Hall – building renovation and enhancement of park.
Patuxent Branch Trail Paving – to upgrade the surface of the currently unpaved portion of the Patuxent Branch Trail, to bring it up to the same quality as the rest of the trail.
Transportation Alternatives Program
Howard County Bike Rack – install bike racks throughout Howard County to enhance bicycle access and support the County’s sustainability and public health and wellness goals ($800 has been used within the North Laurel-Savage Sustainable Community).
Loan Financing – acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and leasehold improvements to create a media production office for Hi Pro Production & Media LLC