Draft Annual Action Plan FY 2016
Public Comments - Submit Feedback by May 13, 2015
Baltimore County's Draft Annual Action Plan FY 2016 (PDF) proposes how the County's Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 allocation of Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership Act and Emergency Solutions Grant funds will be used to further the priorities identified within the Five Year Consolidated Plan, FY 2012 to 2016 (PDF). The Five Year Consolidated plan was previously submitted in accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing and community development programs.
The County invites citizens to attend the public hearing on the action plan on Wednesday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Baltimore County Department of Planning Hearing Room, Jefferson Building, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204.
Citizens who wish to submit comments in writing may do so by May 13, 2015 to: Elizabeth Glenn, Deputy Director, Division of Neighborhood Improvement, Baltimore County Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 201, Towson, Maryland 21204, by fax 410-887-5696, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baltimore County is committed to ensuring that all services provided are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Any individual requiring assistance aid, service or accommodation to participate in the public hearing or to otherwise participate in the public comment process may do so by contacting Shayna Blankenship at 410-887-3317, by fax 410-887-5696, or by email at email@example.com; or Maryland Relay 711.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Department of Planning administers annual entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which constitutes the majority of the agency's funding. The Department of Planning receives funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and from the Emergency Solutions Grant from HUD.
Funds received under this program are tied to the County's Five Year Consolidated Plan FY 2012 through 2016. (PDF) This plan outlines a five-year strategy that proposes how the County will use these funds to create decent housing, expand economic opportunity, and ensure a suitable living environment for low- to moderate-income persons and communities.
The Annual Action Plan FY 2015 (PDF) highlights the efforts that will be taken in FY 2015 to meet the goals of the five-year consolidated plan. These updates are completed for each fiscal year and describe the progress of initiatives and projects outlined in the Plan. They also explain changes in policies and direction by the County based on the past year's experience and describe additional projects that were undertaken during that year. A part of these Updates is a List of Proposed Activities to be Undertaken beginning July 1 of each fiscal year. These documents are mandated by HUD and are reviewed and approved each year. Evaluations by HUD are made each year for compliance of activities outlined in these plans.
State of Maryland
The Department of Planning also administers funding from the State of Maryland that supports those citizens at risk of living in a homeless shelter, citizens living in homeless shelters, and citizens moving out of a shelter.
The Department of Planning uses County General funds from the Baltimore County Operating budget to leverage all of the federal and state funding received.
Use of Funding
Most of the funding listed above is allocated to benefit low and moderate income households and individuals through various activities carried out by public agencies and non-profit organizations.
- housing rehabilitation
- lead hazard reduction
- home ownership assistance
- foreclosure prevention
- drug and alcohol counseling
- fair housing
- supportive services to the homeless
- rental assistance for people in shelter
- programs that benefit the disabled
- capital improvements to community-based facilities and public infrastructure
Revised May 5, 2015