About Us

The Department of Housing and Community Development administers a range of Federal, State, and County-funded programs to create and preserve affordable housing units for low - and moderate-income residents in Howard County.  The Department provides access to affordable homeownership and rental units, provides loans for down payment and closing cost assistance, and offers homebuyer education classes to encourage homeownership in the county. The Department also receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) program funding from HUD to provide loans and grants for special needs housing programs, rental assistance, and community facilities

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HCD Advisory Board

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I'm A Developer or Builder

All new construction must designate a specified percentage of units as MIHU.  Developers, as you work with the Department of Planning & Zoning you should review this information.

Additionally, requests for PILOTs and APFO begin here.

I'm A Non-Profit

The Department receives funding primarily from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administers those grants to non-profits who work directly with residents of Howard County.  The County receives Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds from HUD and most recently funds from the U.S. Treasury Department.

Housing Opportunities Master Plan & Task Force

HOMP meetings and the Plan.

Rental Housing Sales

Effective September 6, 2020, before you sell your multi-family rental property you must notify this Department and the Howard County Housing Commission.

Publications and Reports

The Department's monthly reports and general documents can be found here.  For any documents prior to 2021, please send a request to [email protected]


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Kelly A. Cimino
Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development
Nkechi Animashaun
Chief, Housing Opportunities Programs
Linda Phillips
SDLP Coordinator & COVID Foreclosure Prevention
Christine Martin
MIHU Program & Housing Repair Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Meadows
Chief, Community Planning and Grants

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