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Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.4 Million for Public Housing in Western Maryland

April 12th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $4.4 million in federal funding for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements in Western Maryland. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund.


The funding was awarded as follows:

·         Frederick Housing Authority – $824,403.00

·         Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland – $867,781.00

·         Hagerstown Housing Authority – $2,410,230.00

·         Housing Authority of the City of Frostburg – $174,638.00

·         Housing Authority of Allegany County – $152,795.00


“Every Marylander – every American – deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Many families in Western Maryland benefit from access to public housing developments, but too many more remain on waiting lists without other good options,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance committee. “These federal funds will support the continued effort to expand and improve affordable housing options for future generations, which uplifts our local communities and strengthens our local economies.” 


When we invest in affordable housing, we invest in Maryland’s continued economic growth and success. That’s why we must keep working to improve the quality and accessibility of affordable housing in our state. This funding will not only increase the supply of affordable housing in Western Maryland, but it will also help modernize current homes – providing more options and better living conditions for Maryland families,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Development and Appropriations Committees. “I will continue fighting for investments that strengthen Maryland communities and increases economic opportunity for all.”

In the Fiscal Year 2019 omnibus appropriations bill Senators Cardin and Van Hollen fought for increased funding for public housing – including an increase of $25 million for capital funds, which agencies use to update and maintain their housing stock. However, there remains a capital backlog of over $26 billion throughout the public housing portfolio. Trump proposed to zero out the capital fund in his 2020 budget despite this critical backlog.  

Through the office of Public Housing Investments (PHI), HUD provides funds annually via a formula to approximately 3,200 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country. PHAs may use Capital Fund grants for development, financing, modernization, and management improvements The Office provides technical assistance to PHAs as well as to HUD Field Offices relating to development, financing, modernization, and management improvements of public housing developments. It prepares quarterly reports to Congress on the status of the obligation and expenditure of Capital Fund grants and implements the statutory sanctions for PHAs that are in noncompliance with the statutory deadlines.

2 Responses to “Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.4 Million for Public Housing in Western Maryland”

  1. April 12, 2019 at 7:04 pm, Bob said:

    Great, over a million to house more undesirables from the east; along with “management improvements”, no doubt from there as well.


  2. April 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm, Babbs said:

    BRILLIANT, Senator, JUST BRILLIANT!! Instead of making Western Maryland a business friendly environment and CREATING jobs, you are choosing to open up the gates of hell for more riff-raff to migrate to this county and do their drug and human trafficking business, while laying in the couch watching Dr. Phil on SMUTT TV at the hard working American taxpayer’s expense!! I don’t mean to get on a rant hear, but LET’S FACE IT!

    These degenerates have already figured out that a welfare check goes a lot further here in Cumberland than it does in BALTIMORE COUNTY!!! You can’t even go to the Save-A-Lot in downtown Cumberland without having some wigged out METH-MOUTHED woman pounding on your car window asking for money!!! THANKS A PANT LOAD FOR THAT!!!!

    Get This Senator Cardin and Van Hollen!!! You cannot beautify the city of Cumberland, until you beautify the people FIRST!!! Create JOBS, and make the welfare recipients take a drug test, before YOU hand over my tax dollars!!!! IF YOU ARE DIRTY, YOU DO NOT GET PAID, PERIOD!!! That is what I have to do to have and KEEP a job!!! JUST SAYING!!!


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