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Grants Administration

September 15 Virtual Public Hearing on the Draft Maryland Community Development Block Grant Application

Baltimore County will conduct a Public Hearing to obtain the views of citizens on housing needs to be considered for submission of an application to the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for funds awarded through the federal CARES Act. CARES Act funds must be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the Coronavirus.

Funds through the Maryland CDBG program are limited to use for emergency rental assistance for up to six months (current month and consecutive arrears). Beneficiaries must be able to demonstrate that they have an unmet financial need and have lost their employment or had a reduction of work hours due to the Coronavirus crisis. Funds are for households with an income at or less than 80 percent of the area median income provided annually by HUD for each county. In Baltimore County, the area median income is $104,000. The 80 percent limit adjusts based on household size.

Citizens will have the opportunity to provide input on needs to be considered. The hearing will be held as part of the Baltimore County Council’s Work Session on Tuesday, September 15 at 4 p.m. Due to public health concerns during the pandemic all Council meetings are currently being held online. For information on how to view the video conference or listen via audio, or to provide testimony into the conference on Resolution 96-20 (PDF), please visit the County Council’s virtual meetings web page. Those wishing to provide public comments will need to register in advance.

Citizens will be furnished with information to include, but not limited to:

  • The amount of CDBG funds available
  • The range of activities that may be undertaken with CDBG funds; and
  • The proposed project under consideration by Baltimore County.

Citizens can view the draft of the CDBG coronavirus funding application (PDF) online during the Public Comment period which will continue through September 23. Citizens can submit written comments on the application via email (preferred) or through U.S. Mail to: 

Colleen Mahony, Chief of Policy, Planning and Administration
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 201 
Towson, Maryland 21204


Citizen comments must be received by 5 p.m. on September 23, to be considered as part of the official public comment record. 

The Maryland CDBG Program is a federally funded program designed to assist governments with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities and services. It is administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking residents with three days advance notice to Colleen Nevy, or 410-887-5688.

Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of housing services.

Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and Substantial Amendment  

A Virtual Public Hearing was held on May 20 at 6 p.m. via Webex regarding the County’s draft plans below. Plans are currently being revised based on public comment and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) feedback. New plans will be posted when available.

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report, Federal Fiscal Year 2018 and County Fiscal Year 2019

Baltimore County's Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 and County Fiscal Year (CFY) 2019 (PDF) 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 (PDF). The Consolidated plan was previously submitted in accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from HUD for housing and community development programs.

Annual Action Plan for FFY 2019 and CFY 2020

Baltimore County's Annual Action Plan for FFY 2019 and CFY 2020 (PDF), was submitted to HUD on June 11, 2019, and proposes how the CFY 2020 allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Act and Emergency Solutions Grant funds will be used to further the priorities identified within the County’s Consolidated Plan, FFY 2016 to 2019 (PDF). The Consolidated Plan was previously submitted in accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from the HUD for housing and community development programs.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Planning 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 (PDF). 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.

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 nonprofit organizations.

Activities Include:

Staff Contact

Colleen Mahony
Phone: 410-887-3317

Revised September 16, 2020         


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