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Housing & Development

Montgomery County Nearly Doubles Solar Power Commitment

Montgomery County will surpass its commitment to install 6 megawatts of solar power on County facilities by adding a new, large-scale project at the former Oaks Landfill in Laytonsville. The Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and General Services (DGS), signed a contract, August 4, to add an additional 5 megawatts of sol

Programs Available for Ellicott City Flood Disaster

During the July 30 flash floods, downtown Ellicott City sustained severe damage to its historic Main Street. Despite the severity, the residents of Howard County have shown a profound level of strength and perseverance during this catastrophic time. To assist with the recovery, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has several programs available to assist the affected businesses and residents

MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES $20 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MAJOR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN MARYLAND

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation and Montgomery County will each be awarded $10,000,000 in federal funding for improvements along North Avenue in the City of Baltimore and US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor. Senator Mikulski is the Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and these annual Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants.

Delaney Introduces Bill to Expand Protections for Rent-to-Own Customers

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to expand protections for rent-to-own customers. Often targeted towards low-income and military populations, rent-to-own contracts can feature excessively high fees, predatory interest rates and aggressive collection practices, with customers paying two to three times more, often even as much as five times more, for the same products than if they purchased them from a traditional retailer

Shelter Finds Homes for Record Number of Animals during Second Clear the Shelter Event

The Tri-County Animal Shelter participated in the second national Clear the Shelter event on Saturday, July 23. A total of 77 animals were provided forever homes, which is the highest number of adoptions in a single day in the shelter’s history. Animals adopted included 35 cats, 38 dogs, 3 rabbits, and 1 chicken. Last year’s Clear the Shelter event, which found homes for 67 animals, now holds the record for the second highest number of adoptions in the shelter’s history.

Congressman Ami Bera Announces Nearly $800k Grant for Runway Upgrades to Mather Airport

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) announced a major grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for upgrades to Mather Airport’s runways. The grant of $788,500 will be used to rehabilitate and upgrade the taxiway to FAA standards and to install runway lights along the taxiway. Congressman Bera was joined by Airport Director John Wheat and Airport Chief Administrative Officer for Planning and Development TJ Chen, and will discussed other ongoing projects to improve the safety and efficiency of the airport.

Cummings, Sarbanes Join Obama Administration to Announce New Solar Partnership with the City of...

Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (both D-MD) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawling announced a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Maryland Clean Energy Center and the City of Baltimore to increase access to solar energy for low-income households.

Reps. Sarbanes and Cummings, U.S. Department of Energy and Maryland Clean Energy Center Announce...

Congressmen John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) today announced a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Maryland Clean Energy Center and the City of Baltimore to increase access to solar energy for low-income households

Federal, State and Local Housing Officials Celebrate Opening of Senior Rental Housing in Silver...

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Bonifant at Silver Spring, a mixed-income 11-story apartment building with 149 units for seniors age 62 or older

Department Partnerships Serve Prince George’s County Residents

At the Department of Housing and Community Development, we strive to help Maryland citizens live as well as possible in homes that provide a comfortable and safe place for their families. The department is proud to share this mission with many other organizations in Maryland. On June 29, the department partnered with the Prince George’s County government, Housing Initiative Partnership and Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland to host an event to inform county residents of the programs available to them.

Real Estate Agent Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Real estate agent Christopher A. Kwegan, age 59, of Randallstown, Maryland pleaded guilty today to charges arising from the fraudulent purchase of a Baltimore City property using fraudulent loan documentation and a straw purchaser

Maryland Homeownership Groups Represented at White House Event

In celebration of Homeownership Month, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hosted the “Dare to Own the Dream” homeownership event at the White House on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. HUD Secretary Julian Castro and senior White House officials recognized families and individuals from around the country who became homeowners with the assistance of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. This event highlighted stories of individuals from various backgrounds who are now on the path to sustainable homeownership after receiving assistance from HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.

Town of Rock Hall is the First Community Named as Main Street Maryland Affiliate

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has approved the Town of Rock Hall’s application for the Main Street Affiliate program, making the Kent County town the first community in the state to join the program. By becoming a Main Street Affiliate, Rock Hall will work with the department to develop a revitalization plan to strengthen the town’s traditional, downtown business district using the principles, guidelines, and technical assistance of the Main Street Maryland program

Maryland Names New Sustainable Communities in the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland

Maryland’s last inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay not connected by bridge to mainland, Smith Island is a historic waterman community that was named one of the five best spots for “dropping off the grid” by CNN. It promotes itself as the hub of the soft-shelled crab industry in America, and is home to Maryland’s official state dessert, the multilayered Smith Island Cake. The island can now claim another title: Sustainable Community.

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $730,000 IN FUNDING TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced $738,024 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help find permanent housing for Maryland veterans experiencing homelessness. The rental assistance funding is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. In total seven agencies across the state will receive 89 vouchers to house homeless veterans.

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Federal, State and Local Housing Officials Celebrate Opening of Senior Rental...

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Bonifant at Silver Spring, a mixed-income 11-story apartment building with 149 units for seniors age 62 or older

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Baltimore Real Estate Agent Sentenced to Over Two Years in Prison...

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Michael Gerard Camphor, age 60, of Baltimore, to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on charges arising from the fraudulent purchase of four properties in Baltimore, using fraudulent loan documentation and straw purchasers, resulting in losses of over $735,000. At the sentencing on February 28, 2016, Judge Bredar also ordered Camphor to pay restitution of $735,363.47 and to forfeit $962,274.95