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Nearly $4 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development awarded in Western Maryland

April 19th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced nearly $4 million in grant awards to Western Maryland to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated $2.4 million combined through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg and Hagerstown. Fredrick also received more than $1.5 million through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program, which increases affordable housing for low-income people living with AIDS/HIV. In addition, the State of Maryland received over $15 million in grants for jurisdictions across the state for low-income and emergency housing.  These federal funds complement the $4.4 million in grants from the Public Housing Capital Fund recently announced by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen.


“Every Marylander – every American – deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Senator Cardin. “These federal funds target those who need it most – including the low and very-low income, people with HIV-AIDS and their families, and individuals experiencing homelessness – while giving local leaders freedom to address the problem in a way that makes the most sense for their communities.”


“These federal investments have a positive, real world impact on people across our state – including right here in Western Maryland. This is a successful targeted program to expand economic opportunity and to provide a hand-up to people struggling to make ends meet,” said Senator Van Hollen.


The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants program provides annual grants to states and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.



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