Baltimore County News
Pledges regional cooperation
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement on the eve of Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh's inauguration:
“With congratulations to my good friend Catherine Pugh as she becomes Mayor of the great City of Baltimore, I also reaffirm Baltimore County’s commitment as a regional partner to address issues of job growth, education, transportation, housing and public safety. The future of Baltimore City is bright and I look forward to working with Mayor Pugh to build that future.”
Public hearing and information session set for December 13
Baltimore County invites non-profit organizations, government agencies and the general public to a meeting to discuss upcoming funding opportunities and spending priorities for housing and community development programs. The meeting, to be led by the Department of Planning, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13 in the basement (Genesis Hall) of St. Pius Church, 6428 York Road, Baltimore, MD, 21212.
Citizens and organizations will be asked to express their views on needs and spending priorities related to housing and community development for the coming fiscal year, 2018, during a public hearing that will begin at 10 a.m. Following the public hearing, County staff will discuss the process through which organizations may apply for grant funding. The bulk of the funding to be discussed is made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which allocates funding annually to Baltimore County. HUD funds include Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. Additional support comes from state and County funding. The County disburses much of this funding through a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Planning.
County staff will also invite interested citizens to learn about and consider joining the Homeless Roundtable, the County's advisory group that helps guide policy on homelessness. The Homeless Roundtable supports the County Continuum of Care and the efforts of Baltimore County government in the allocation of public funds to prevent and reduce homelessness in the County.
Grant funding opportunities are targeted to:
Homeless Services – projects that prevent homelessness or assist those who are currently homeless.
Public Services – projects that address the needs of low-income citizens in the area of employment, crime prevention, child care, health and welfare, education, substance abuse, energy conservation or recreational needs.
Capital Projects – for the removal of architectural barriers for persons with disabilities.
Generally, one-year grants will range in size from $15,000 to $200,000. Applications are due by 2 p.m. February 7, 2017. To learn more, visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/planning/grants/index.html
Public comments accepted through June 13
Baltimore County invites interested citizens to comment on its proposed five-year Consolidated Plan and other plans that focus on community development and housing.
The plans can be viewed at the County Department of Planning website, at County libraries, and at two County government offices: the Consolidated Plan and the one-year Action Plan are available at the Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland, 21204; the County’s Public Housing Agency Plans are available at the Housing Office, Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road, Baltimore, MD, 21212.
The County will hold a public hearing to receive comment on the plans at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Department of Planning Hearing Room, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, first floor.
Public comments on the plans will be accepted through June 13, 2016. Citizens or groups may submit written comments on the Consolidated Plan and the Action Plan to Andrea Van Arsdale, Director, Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 101, Towson, Maryland, 21204 (email: email@example.com; Fax: 410-887-5862). Comments on the Public Housing Agency Plans should be sent to: Marsha Parham, Executive Director, Housing Office, Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21212. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 410-853-8999).
The County will be submitting the plans to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on June 17.