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Prepare and 'Learn the Ropes'
Baltimore County invites county residents to learn about the home-buying process, home rehabilitation grants, how to manage credit and more at Housing Resource Day, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk.
The event will give Baltimore County residents face-to-face contact with housing industry professionals who will help prospective homeowners prepare and “learn the ropes.” The event will offer structured education sessions on home ownership, how to manage credit, how to get a home loan, and how to get funding toward a down payment or closing costs. Information also will be available about grants for home rehabilitation and safe lead paint removal.
In addition to classroom-style sessions, the event will feature vendors with information displays and giveaways.
The event is organized by the Baltimore County Department of Planning in partnership with Eastside Community Development Corporation, Inc. Learn more and register.
Citizens Invited to Review and Comment on Action Plan
Baltimore County invites the general public to review and comment on its annual Action Plan for advancing key goals in housing and community development.
The County will hold a public hearing on the plan at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in Room 104 of the Jefferson Building, located at 105 West Chesapeake Avenue in Towson.
The plan explains how the County expects to deploy its upcoming annual allocation of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD funds awarded to the County are strategically matched with many other resources.
The draft plan is available for review.
Citizens who are unable to attend the hearing or who may wish to submit their comments in writing may do so by Wednesday, 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 or via fax at 410-887-5696 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nkechi Animashaun, Baltimore County Department of Planning
It can be a real catch-22 - you can’t afford high energy bills, and can’t afford to weatherize your home. Low-income households can reduce their energy costs with help from a Baltimore County program that helps pay for home weatherproofing and insulation. New doors, windows, siding, and insulation repairs and installation can help weatherize homes, cut energy costs for residents, and improve the environment by using less energy.
Funds are available to low-income homeowners and renters, with priority given to homeowners, elderly and disabled people, families with children, and households with high energy use. Eligible applicants must first meet income requirements set by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Baltimore County Department of Planning, Division of Neighborhood Improvement administers the program in the County.
To be considered for the weatherization program, an applicant must be at least 18 years old and a Baltimore County resident living in a property located in Baltimore County. The applicant will be asked to provide proof of identity, the names and income of all householders, as well as proof of residency. Prospective applicants that currently rent can initiate the process, but must have the landlord’s approval and all supporting documents to complete the application process. Once an application is complete, a certified energy auditor will assess the property for the most efficient way to conserve energy and apply energy saving techniques.
The Weatherization Assistance Program helps homeowners who need some extra financial help weatherproofing their homes. We all benefit when every home uses less energy.
More information and an application is available on the Office of Planning’s Housing Opportunities web page.