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Draft Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Public Notice: Baltimore County invites comments on its Draft Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) (PDF) for Fiscal Year 2014. 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 2014. The report explains how these federal funds leveraged other federal, state and county funds for the benefit of Baltimore County citizens. The public comment period will officially begin on September 11, and run through September 25. Comments may be sent in writing to: Andrea Van Arsdale, Director, Baltimore County Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake, Towson, Maryland 21204, or via email to A written summary of comments received by 9 a.m. on September 25 will be included in the CAPER. The report is due to HUD on September 26.

FY15 Shelter Diversion Grant Applications Sought

Baltimore County announces a new grant opportunity for Fiscal Year 2015 funding. Nonprofit and government organizations serving Baltimore County citizens are eligible to apply for grant monies for a new Shelter Diversion project. A pre-proposal review session will be held Tuesday, September 30 at 1 p.m. at the Baltimore County Department of Planning, Suite 201.

New project applications are being sought from organizations. Shelter Diversion seeks to creatively respond to those at immediate risk of entering a Baltimore County Homeless Shelter. Clients will be referred to the winning Shelter Diversion organization via the Baltimore County Homeless Screening Unit and will work creatively with clients to divert them from entering shelter by exploring alternatives to shelter. Baltimore County will be looking for applicants who can utilize industry Best Practice models in their applications. The deadline for the application is 2 p.m. Monday, November 3. 

Draft Annual Action Plan FY 2015

Baltimore County's Draft Annual Action Plan FY 2015 (PDF) proposes how the County's FY 2015 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. 

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 - 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 2014 (PDF) highlights the efforts that will be taken in FY 2014 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.

Baltimore County

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.

Activities include:

Staff Contact: Colleen Mahony, Phone: 410-887-3317,

Revised September 24, 2014

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