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A New Canvas for Baltimore: First Round of Project C.O.R.E. Applications Received

The astounding response to the initial request for applications for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Project C.O.R.E. initiative is a positive sign for the program’s future. Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) targets investment in Baltimore City neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by blight and disinvestment

Multifamily Housing Programs Enjoy Landmark Year

For the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s multifamily programs, the 2016 fiscal year was the most productive. These programs provide low income housing credits, gap funding for affordable housing projects, and grant funding for shelters and transitional housing facilities

Congressman Ami Bera Addresses Mather Veterans Village Dedication

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) delivered remarks at the Mather Veterans Village dedication. Congressman Bera has been a strong supporter of the village, by securing 50 additional housing vouchers for the project from both the VA and HUD, which was key to keeping the project on schedule. He also participated the groundbreaking of the project in October 2014, and his office has worked to provide services and information to many of the veterans who will be living in the village

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

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Sept. 3

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$10 Million Federal Grant Approved for BaltimoreLink’s ‘North Avenue Rising’ Project

Federal, state, and local officials today gathered at Coppin State University to celebrate the award of a $10 million federal grant for the North Avenue Rising project in Baltimore City, which is part of the Hogan administration’s transformative BaltimoreLink transit improvement plan. The $27 million North Avenue project will be jointly funded with $14.7 million from the Maryland Department of Transportation, $1 million from Baltimore City, and $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Cardin Statement on Apartment Explosion in Silver Spring

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to an explosion at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Md., that caused at least two fatalities, multiple casualties and the displacement of over a hundred residents.

Montgomery County Offers Additional Services in Response to the Deadly Flower Branch Apartment Fire

Montgomery County has established a reunification center at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, 705 Bayfield St., Takoma Park until 8 p.m. this evening. Reunification will resume tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the Long Branch Community Recreation Center located at 8700 Piney Branch Rd. Silver Spring.

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.

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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