FY 16 Public Hearing Comments and Grant Applications Sought
Please join us for a Public Hearing to obtain citizen views on the use of federal Housing and Urban Development funds in Fiscal Year 2016, identification of priorities for funding, and a discussion on emerging trends. The hearing will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Towson Library (Towson Room), 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Baltimore County announces grant opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016 funding. Nonprofit and government organizations serving Baltimore County citizens are eligible to apply for grant monies in four areas:
- Homeless Services (projects preventing homelessness or assisting those currently homeless)
- Public Services (projects that address needs of low-income citizens in the area of employment, child care, health, education, substance abuse, energy conservation, and welfare)
- Fair Housing (projects that fair housing education, outreach and testing services for Baltimore County, for example: its residents, property owners and businesses)
- Capital projects (for the removal of architectural barriers for persons with disabilities).
Generally grants range in size from $15,000 to $200,000 annually. Baltimore County will be accepting renewals and new applications in the case of Homeless Services and Public Services. There are no renewals for Capital grants and so Baltimore County will be accepting only new applications for Capital grants. A pre-proposal review session will be held following the 9:30 a.m. public hearing.
Please pass this on to any organizations serving Baltimore County citizens who you believe may be interested in providing comments during our public hearing or those interested in grant funding for Fiscal Year 2016.
To learn more about these funding opportunities please visit Grant Applications. The most recent applications will be posted as of December 1, 2014 and will be due Tuesday, February 3, 2014 by 2 pm.
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 Stuart B. McKinney Emergency Shelter 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 Draft 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 November 28, 2014