Southern MD Tri-County Community Action works to alleviate poverty in Southern MD

Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.  (SMTCCAC, Inc.), located in Hughesville, Maryland, was established as a private non-profit corporation in 1965.  Under the laws of the State of Maryland and the federal government, SMTCCAC is the designated agency to combat poverty and serve individuals and families who have low-incomes residing in Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.  Our mission— “ to provides services for eligible citizens that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, promote upward mobility and enrich the quality of life”. Service programs include:  Head Start, Housing Counseling , Career Training/Commercial Driver’s License,  Maryland Energy Assistance, Emergency Food Assistance, Adult Medical Daycare, Senior Companion and Affordable Rental Housing.  In 2016, services were provided to 21,800 consumers. To address the issues of self sufficiency the agency operates with a budget of about $8.5 million  dollars.



CDN releases vacant, blighted, abandoned properties study

CDN, in cooperation with the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Association of Counties, conducted a survey of counties and municipalities to try to get a handle on Maryland’s challenges with vacant, abandoned and blighted properties.

The results of the study were released January 17, 2017 during a briefing before the House Environment and Transportation Committee.

See the report here: CDN_policy_vacant property survey results_final_designed_Jan2017

As a result of the survey, and conversations in working groups over the summer, CDN is proposing four pieces of legislation to address vacant, blighted and abandoned properties:

Land Bank Reform: This legislation makes changes to the current Land Bank law enabling counties to create Land Banks for blight elimination purposes. The legislation includes enabling counties to release liens and for the Land Bank to self-fund.

Foreclosed Property Registry changes: This legislation adds a requirement that banks must file with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation notice of foreclose at the Order to Docket stage of the foreclosure, rather than at the end of the foreclosure process.

Definition of vacant and abandoned property: Legislation that defines “vacant and abandoned” property and provides for a certification of a vacant property.

Tax Sale Reform: This enabling legislation reforms the tax sale system to eliminate the certificate process to reduce the number of families who become victims of tax sale and help ensure properties are returned to productive use (this may become a summer study).

To see CDN’s full policy agenda, click here. CDN_Policy Agenda_proposed January 2017


Congratulations to all our Awards of Excellence Winners!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 
Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon 
Here are some highlights:
We were thrilled to have over 180 people in attendance at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel County

We heard from CDN’s Board Chair Erin Karpewicz about CDN’s great accomplishments this year.
Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael Busch was our keynote speaker and he received CDN’s President’s Award
The Frederick County Affordable Housing Land Trust received CDN’s Innovation Award. This is the first Affordable Housing Land Trust in Maryland.

The Kentland/Palmer Park Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (Prince George’s County) received CDN’s Collaboration Award for their work to stabilize neighborhoods collaborating with County government, nonprofits and businesses.
The Impact Award went to the Ocean City Development Corporation for its work in revitalizing historic downtown Ocean City (not the Board Walk!)
The College Park City-University Partnership Homeownership Program also received an impact award for its program to attract and retain residents in the College Park area.
The Lorraine Sheehan Memorial Advocacy Award went to United Workers for their leadership in collecting and processing over 18,577 signatures to add an Affordable Housing Trust Fund on the Baltimore City ballot, as part of the Housing for All Coalition.
Ken Strong received our Legacy Award honoring his career in community development, particularly in changing lives in Baltimore City through founding of the Bereavement Center, recognizing predatory lending early and sounding the alarm about it, and working to ensure homeowners homes were energy efficient, and helping increase homeownership. His public service has made a significant impact in Baltimore City.
CDN’s Executive Director Odette Ramos lead the discussion of CDN’s legislative agenda, which includes the Community Development Fund, more tools for eliminating blight statewide, and much more.