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Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2021/County Fiscal Year 2022

Baltimore County’s Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021/County Fiscal Year (CFY) 2022 (PDF) details the County’s planned efforts to use federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement funding to create decent housing, expand economic opportunity, and ensure a suitable living environment for low- to moderate-income persons and communities. The Action Plan is a one-year action look at how the County plans to achieve 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 May 17, 2021.

Evaluations are made by HUD for compliance with required federal rules and regulations. The County invites citizens to read the plan, join our public hearing, and submit written comments. The County’s public comment period will run from April 15 to May 14, 2021 and the County will accept all comments submitted up until 4:30 p.m. on May 14, 2021.

Public Hearing Scheduled for May 5, 2021 at 6 p.m.

On May 5, 2021, at 6 p.m., the County will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Annual Action Plan for FFY 2021/CFY 2022. Due to the ongoing pandemic and in accordance with HUD waivers due to the pandemic for in-person public hearings, the County will holding its public hearing via Webex.

On or about May 1, the link to the public hearing will be available on this page. To provide verbal comments, you must join the meeting via laptop or desktop computer with a microphone. If this is your first time using Webex, please allow extra time for setup prior to the start of the meeting. To listen only, you may join by phone. Those calling in by phone, however, will not be able to make comments during the meeting and will need to submit comments in writing. All attendees must join the meeting by 6:10 p.m. No one will be admitted to the meeting after 6:10 p.m.

Written comments may be emailed (preferred) to slafferty@baltimorecountymd.gov or through U.S. mail. All comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on May 14, 2021.

Steve Lafferty, Director, Department of Planning
105 West Chesapeake Ave, Suite 201
Towson, Maryland 21204

County Fiscal Year 2022 Grant Application Process

The County has closed its formal Fiscal Year 2022 Grant Application Process. Some small funding does remain and may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for the following types of projects:

  • Capital Projects
  • Public Services
  • Homeless Services.

Capital Projects should be aimed at meeting the needs of persons with disabilities or public facilities for general community development needs of low to moderate-income persons. Homeless Services include projects that prevent homelessness or assist those currently homeless. Public Services are projects that address the needs of low-income citizens in the following areas:

  • employment
  • childcare
  • health and welfare
  • education
  • substance abuse prevention

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 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Funding is intended to stabilize, enhance, and preserve Baltimore County communities and primarily benefit low to moderate-income households.

Consolidated Plan 2020-2024, Annual Action Plan, Substantial Amendments, Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), and Citizen Participation Plan

In May 2020, Baltimore County posted its Citizen Participation Plan (PDF), its First Substantial Amendment (PDF), its Consolidated Plan 2020-2024, and its Annual Action Plan (PDF) 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. 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.

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
Email: cmahony@baltimorecountymd.gov

 
Revised May 5, 2021         

 

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