Join us for a virtual public hearing on Thursday, December 15, at 9:30 a.m. to obtain citizen views on the use of federal Housing and Urban Development funds in County Fiscal Year 2024, identification of priorities for funding, and a discussion on emerging trends for meeting the needs of low and moderate-income citizens and communities. There will be a grant pre-proposal meeting directly following the hearing for County Fiscal Year 2024 grant opportunities.
Learn how to attend the hearing via Webex.
The Baltimore County FFY 2022/CFY 2023 Annual Action Plan details intended projects for CFY 2023 using Federal HUD funding for housing and community development activities. The Action Plan is one look at how the County considers the needs and strategies identified in its Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan provides goals and funding activities associated with the County’s Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. This document is mandated by HUD and will be reviewed and approved by HUD after its submission on July 16. The County’s required 30-day period is June 15 to July 15, ending at noon.
Most of the grant funding listed below is allocated to benefit low- and moderate-income households and individuals through various activities carried out by public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
- Capital improvements to community-based facilities and public infrastructure
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Fair housing
- Foreclosure prevention
- Home ownership assistance
- Housing rehabilitation
- Lead hazard reduction
- Programs that benefit the disabled
- Rental assistance for people in shelter
- Supportive services to the homeless
A written summary of comments received by the deadline will be included in the CAPER submission to HUD. Evaluations are made by HUD for compliance within required federal rules and regulations.
Baltimore County is now accepting applications for three Request for Proposals:
- Capital Projects—Should be aimed at meeting the needs of persons with disabilities or public facilities for general community development needs of low-moderate income persons.
- Homeless Services—Homeless Services include projects that prevent homelessness or assist those currently homeless.
- Public Services—Public Services are projects that address the needs of low-income citizens in the following areas:
- Child care
- Crime prevention
- Drug abuse
- Energy conservation
- Health and welfare
- Recreational needs
Funding for these grant applications will be derived in part from the County’s annual federal HUD award. State and local funds will also be awarded through this process. Funding recommendations will be in accordance with priorities identified in the County’s 2020 to 2024 Consolidated Plan. Funding is intended to stabilize, enhance, and preserve Baltimore County communities and primarily benefit low- to moderate-income households.
In May 2020, Baltimore County posted its Citizen Participation Plan, its First Substantial Amendment, its Consolidated Plan 2020 to 2024, and its Annual Action Plan detailing the County’s multiyear strategy to use federal HUD funds to create decent housing, expand economic opportunity, and ensure a suitable living environment for low to moderate-income persons and communities. Generally published in April or May each year, the Annual Action Plan highlights efforts taken in that fiscal year to meet the needs identified in the Consolidated Plan. Substantial Amendments are published to program new funding not already identified in the Consolidated Plan or when new activities are identified using funds previously programmed for another activity. The CAPER describes how the County used CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds awarded to the County by HUD for use in a particular fiscal year. The FFY 2020/CFY 2021 CAPER provides an update for the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. Each report includes how these federal funds leverage other federal, state and county funds for the benefit of County citizens.
These documents are mandated by HUD and are reviewed and approved. Evaluations are made by HUD for compliance of activities with these plans. In keeping with the County’s Citizen Action Plan, the County invites citizens to read these reports and submit comments.
Baltimore County's Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 and County Fiscal Year (CFY) 2019 describes how the County used federal 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 CFY 2018. The report explains how these funds leveraged other federal, state and county funds for the benefit of Baltimore County citizens. These uses are to be consistent with the priorities identified within the County's Consolidated Plan, FFY 2016 to 2019. The Consolidated plan was previously submitted in accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from HUD for housing and community development programs.
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers annual entitlement grants from HUD, which constitutes the majority of the agency's funding. The Department receives funding from the 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 Consolidated Plan, FFY 2016 through 2019. This plan outlines a multiyear 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 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, the County also invites citizens to read its CAPER each year. The CAPER describes how the County used CDBG, HOME Investment Partnership Act and Emergency Solutions Grant funds awarded to the County by HUD for use in a particular fiscal year. The report explains how these federal funds leveraged other federal, state and County funds for the benefit of County citizens.
The DHCD 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 DHCD uses County General funds from the Baltimore County Operating budget to leverage all of the federal and state funding received.