Pursuant to Howard County Code Section 13.1600, DHCD is authorized to administer the Housing Opportunities Trust Fund in accordance with guidelines established by House Bill 878-2022.

The Housing Opportunities Trust Fund Advisory Committee will be comprised of five members. Committee membership should reflect the racial, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic and cultural diversity of Howard County. Members will serve initial staggered terms of two or three years. Subsequent terms will be three years.

The Advisory Committee will meet 4 – 6 times per year related to the release of a Notice of Funding Availability for the Housing Opportunities Trust Fund and the evaluation of applications for funding. 

Members will be expected to attend committee meetings. Members may not be employed by or serve on the board of any entity seeking funding and will be required to sign a conflict of interest statement.
The duties of the Advisory Committee are as follows:

  • Set annual funding goals and priorities for the Housing Opportunities Trust Fund
  • Provide input and review of the Notice of Funding Availability before it is released to the public
  • Review and score applications in response to the Notice of Funding Availability
  • Present funding recommendations to the Housing and Community Development Board

For questions and/or more information about this Committee, contact Kanise Lewis at 410-313-6316 or by email at [email protected].

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