More than $8 million awarded for public development projects
NEW CARROLLTON, MD — Governor Larry Hogan today announced Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards for Fiscal Year 2019. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer $8,162,455 in CDBG awards for 17 community development and infrastructure projects in 12 counties.
“The program is an important and flexible tool that can help our counties and municipalities reach their specific revitalization goals,” said Governor Hogan. “These worthy projects will address critical needs and change Maryland’s communities for the better.”
The national CDBG program was enacted into law by Congress as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program has supported developing viable communities, providing decent housing and suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income for 40 years. The program remains a vital source for Maryland’s counties, cities, and towns in devising solutions to prevent physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods and communities and to maintain public infrastructure.
The CDBG Program is comprised of two parts. The Entitlement Program is managed by HUD and provides federal funds directly to larger, metropolitan counties and cities. The States and Small Cities Program provides federal funds to the states who then distribute funds to more rural counties, cities and towns.
The program has always proved a versatile tool in supporting a wide variety of development goals. The Fiscal Year 2019 awards will assist diverse projects including: regional sewer system improvements in Allegany County; development of a Head Start and daycare facility in Cecilton (Cecil County); construction of a community center for senior citizens in St. Michaels (Talbot County), and; supporting the continuation of an afterschool program serving approximately 80 children in Hancock (Washington County).
“CDBG has been a vital catalyst for neighborhood revitalization, infrastructure improvements, and economic development in Maryland for over 40 years,” said Secretary Holt. “Maryland is grateful for its partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the CDBG program, which has proven to be an important resource to help improve our communities and the quality of life for their residents.”
During the Hogan administration, the Maryland Department of Housing has administered approximately $33 million in CDBG assistance for 94 projects in 43 counties and municipalities throughout Maryland.
For a complete list of awards, visit the FY2019 CDBG Awards awards list.
About Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development:
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to be at the forefront in implementing housing policy that promotes and preserves homeownership and creating innovative community development initiatives to meet the challenges of a growing Maryland.
Sara Luell, Director of Communications