CROWNSVILLE, MD - October 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today met with officials of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and statewide housing advocates to discuss the continuing foreclosure crisis and to discuss ways to get the Maryland housing market back on track. President Obama recently announced that his Administration would adjust the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) to make it easier for borrowers to refinance their mortgages.

Ruppersberger to Host Prevention Workshop As Experts Predict Fresh Foreclosure Wave

Joppa, MD - July 26, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- As the nation’s foreclosure crisis persists, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced today his office will host a foreclosure prevention workshop in Joppa on Thursday, July 28, 2011. The workshop will give Maryland homeowners a chance to meet one-on-one with their mortgage lender, servicers and counselors. This is the fourth such workshop Congressman Ruppersberger has hosted since 2010, helping more than 100 families facing foreclosure.


WASHINGTON, DC - March 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD)and other Senators from across the country today stood with advocates for homeless veterans to oppose a provision in Republicans’ reckless spending proposal that would cut 10,000 housing vouchers that would keep homeless veterans off the streets next year.

Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on Federal Grant for Homelessnes

ANNAPOLIS, MD - January 31, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following an announcement by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarding more than $44 million to 208 local homeless assistance programs in Maryland through HUD’s Continuum of Care program:


Washington, DC - September 29, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, today chaired a hearing exploring hate crimes committed against America’s homeless. The hearing, “Crimes Against America’s Homeless: Is the Violence Growing?” included policy experts, law enforcement professionals and the sister of a Florida homeless man beat to death in 2006. The goal of the session was to help define who the homeless are in the U.S. today, why they may be targets of bias-related crime, explore the lack of statistics related to crimes against the homeless, and discuss the potential impact of the Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act, S. 1765. This was the first time the United States Senate has ever held a hearing on the topic of violence against the homeless population.

House Passes Home Star Bill to Create Jobs & Lower Families’ Energy Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - May 19, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. House passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (HR 5019) today, legislation that will spur job growth in the construction, manufacturing, and retail industries by giving families incentives to make their homes more energy efficient. The measure is projected to create 168,000 jobs across the U.S. and save 3 million families an estimated $200-$500 per year over the next 10 years ($9.2 billion total) by making their homes more energy efficient.

Leggett and Leventhal Join Coalition Homes to Celebrate Opening of Supportive Housing for Homeless...

March 24, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today joined County Councilmember George Leventhal, chair of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee; Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) Executive Director Sharan London and others to welcome new residents to the Lockney Avenue Apartments, a Takoma Park property purchased by Coalition Homes (part of MCCH) to provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless families.

U.S. Census Questionnaires Mailed Out Next Week; Enumerators Reaching Out to Homeless Population on...

March 11, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The 2010 U.S. Census Survey questionnaires will be mailed to every household beginning next week. Residents should watch for their questionnaire in the mail, fill it out with information on every person living in their residence, and return it by April 1

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards: Maryland to Receive Over $6 Million in Emergency Funding for...

Washington, D.C. - January 25, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) today announced that Maryland will receive $6,387,721 in emergency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In a letter to President Obama earlier this year, Congresswoman Edwards joined her colleagues in urging the President to release the emergency funding. LIHEAP helps eligible families pay for home heating, cooling, and other energy costs, as well as helping with weatherization costs.


WASHINGTON, DC - October 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced legislation to track the number of hate crimes committed against homeless persons to help determine just how pervasive such crimes may be. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) joined as original co-sponsors of the bill, the Hate Crimes Against Homeless Statistics Act.

Leggett Joins Freddie Mac Foundation to Announce Grants to House Homeless Families

October 5, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- County Executive Isiah Leggett today joined Freddie Mac Executive Vice President for Community Relations and Freddie Mac Foundation President and CEO, Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., to announce nearly $1 million in grant funding to two Montgomery County organizations serving homeless families. The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) will receive $450,000 from the Freddie Mac Foundation to continue the Partnership for Permanent Housing program, which relocates families directly from homelessness to permanent housing. The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), operators of the Greentree Family Shelter, will receive $425,000 from the Freddie Mac Foundation to provide intensive services to some of the County’s most vulnerable homeless families --- to move them quickly to permanent housing.

Frederick County Mobile Home Park Owner to Pay Penalty and Operators Convicted for Illegal...

BALTIMORE, MD - September 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Environmental Crimes Unit has reached a...

Rep. Kratovil to Host Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

September 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil will be hosting a foreclosure prevention workshop this Saturday afternoon at Maces Lane Middle School in Cambridge, MD. The workshop is open to any residents of Maryland’s First Congressional District currently facing or at risk of facing foreclosure. Counselors and representatives of major lenders will be on hand to meet with attendees individually to discuss what options are available to help homeowners stay in their home.

Rep. Kratovil and Ag Secretary Vilsack Announce Over $1.23 Million in Stimulus Funding for...

Rural water project will benefit Kent County while facilities funding will go to fire houses in Cambridge, Parsonsburg, and Wicomico County Fire Police Association. Washington, DC - August 27, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rep. Frank Kratovil and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $1,231,000 will be made available in funding for both rural water projects and community facilities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Van Hollen Applauds HUD Funding to Jumpstart Affordable Housing Programs

Through Recovery Act, Maryland will Receive $31.7 Million in Funding. Washington, D.C. - July 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued the following statement on Recovery Act funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP)


Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Affordable Housing

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region, including: $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services