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 currently received under this program are tied to the County's Five Year Consolidated Plan FY 2017 through 2021. (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 highlights the efforts that will be taken in each Fiscal Year 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.
In keeping with its federal guidelines, Baltimore County invites citizens to read its Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2016. This report describes how the County used Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership Act and Emergency Solutions Grant funds awarded to the County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for use during Fiscal Year 2016. The report explains how these federal funds leveraged other federal, state and county funds for the benefit of Baltimore County citizens.
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