The Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) Announced today that Senator Chris Van Hollen is to be the Keynote Speaker for their Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon to be held on September 29, 2017 at noon at the Hoen Lithograph Building in Baltimore City.
Senator Van Hollen represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional District from 2003-2017. He was recently elected to the Senate in 2016 after longtime Senator Barbara Mikulski retired.
Senator Van Hollen is on the Senate Budget Committee and has been fighting hard to preserve the programs we care about, including CDBG, CSBG, HOME and other important programs for affordable housing and serving low income people.
“We are honored to have Senator Van Hollen with us at our Annual Meeting,” said CDN Executive Director Odette Ramos. “We want to honor him for his work to preserve the federal programs we care about, but also hear from him about how we can help him in this fight. This will be a great ending to a very busy and successful 4th Annual Maryland Community Development Week.”
For more information and to register for the event, click here.
4th Annual Community Development Week
September 20, 2017
Maryland Housing Conference
Register Here! Early Bird discount ends August 1
The Maryland Housing Conference is the largest and most comprehensive housing forum in the state, convening housing advocates, community development leaders, housing authorities, home builders, developers, lenders and legislators who come together to discuss solutions and opportunities for home ownership in Maryland.
The event is co-hosted by:
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Maryland Building Industry Association
Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
Maryland Realtors Association
Community Development Network of Maryland
New Tools for Addressing Vacant Properties
Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing
State Legislation Discussion
Funding for Neighborhood Revitalization
Benefits of Homebuyer Education
More information can be found on the registration site.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE REST OF
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK
September 20: Maryland Housing Conference
September 22: Community Action (Easton)
September 25: Housing Counselor Connections (Baltimore)
September 26: Health and Affordable Housing (Southern MD)
September 27: Community Land Trusts (Frederick)
September 28: Land Bank Workshop (Prince George’s County)
September 29: CDN’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
Each year the Community Development Network of Maryland honors organizations engaging in extraordinary community development work. The deadline is September 30, 2016 at close of business. Awardees will be announced during our Annual Meeting on October 26.
If you have an event during this week, please send us the details so we can add it to this list!
All Week: Display of children’s art in answer to the question “What Is Community?” Sponsored by the Town of Berlin. Also a display of the businesses who have used Community Legacy program to improve facades. Location: Town of Berlin Visitor’s Center 14 S. Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811
Signature Event 10 a.m. in Baltimore, featuring he transformation of Station North with Community Legacy and other state funding. Join us to kick off Community Development Week and learn more about how the Central Baltimore Partnership has used $3 million of state Community Legacy funding to help leverage more than $41 million in other investment in the Station North and Greenmount West neighborhoods over the past four years. We’ll hear from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt, leaders of the Central Baltimore Partnership and others. Following the press event, there will be a tour of projects funded through the Community Legacy program in the Station North and Greenmount West areas. Location: Parkway Theater 5 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201. click here to RSVP.
Tuesday, October 20
Signature Event – 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s County, featuring a mixed income housing development using Rental Housing Works funds. Join St. Mary’s Housing Authority and CDN to celebrate the use of the state Rental Housing Works funding in at the Spring Valley Apartments, and hear from families whose lives have improved by having a quality, affordable place to live. A tour of the Spring Valley Apartments will follow the press conference. Location: 46533 Valley Court, Lexington Park, MD 20653. click here to RSVP
Wednesday, October 21
9:30am-2:30pm – Join us for a workshop entitled “Strategic Partnerships in Community Development” hosted by the FDIC, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve Bank. Check-in begins at 9am, and the event runs from 9:30am-2:30pm with lunch provided. This half-day knowledge-sharing forum will bring together bankers, community-based organizations, community development entities, developers and government agencies to discuss collaborative efforts in community and economic development. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from practioners focused on transit-oriented development; small business and economic development; and affordable housing; who will discuss ways in which strategic public-private-and non-profit partnerships can lead to community and economic development activities that can strengthen communities throughout Maryland. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta will also be on-hand to talk about their grant opportunities. Location: Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Hyattsville, MD 20785. Click here to register.
Thursday, October 22
Signature Event – 10 a.m. in Cumberland to featuring the Work Experience Center and other revitalization projects funded through state dollars.
Join us to learn more about the HRDC Work Experience center created with state capitol funds that leveraged private investment. Learn about how the job center is improving the lives of families in Allegany County with the help of the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission. We’ll also tour three additional sites including a duck pin bowling alley and local Head Start, all of which are having a significant impact in revitalizing an important part of Cumberland. Location: 114 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502. click here to RSVP
Friday, October 23
Signature Event – 10 a.m. at the Cambridge Main Street featuring businesses that have received Neighborhood BusinessWorks funding. Join us to learn about the impact of state Neighborhood BusinessWorks funding on local businesses along the Cambridge Main Street. We’ll meet owners of businesses who have used the program. Location: 527 Poplar Street, Cambridge, MD 21613. click here to RSVP
4pm – The Fresh Crate program launch. As part of Loyola University Maryland’s York Road Initiative, the Fresh Crate will be celebrating its launch with an in-store event on Friday, October 23 at 4pm. The Fresh Crate extends and promotes affordable fresh food access for the York Road Community in partnership with the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market! The event will be held at the Family Food Market, located at 5413 York Road, 21212.
Saturday, October 24
Signature Event – 10 a.m. in Prince George’s County featuring the Prince George’s Alliance for Homeownership Preservation and partners. Join CDN and Housing Options and Planning Enterprises (H.O.P.E) and the Prince George’s Alliance for Homeownership Preservation to learn about all types of housing counseling and the impact each one has on families in Maryland. We’ll learn how organizations have worked together to address the foreclosure crisis and how the Maryland Housing Counselors Fund has had an impact. We’ll feature a homebuyer workshop and meet families who are on the path to success. Location: 8222 Schultz Road, 2nd Floor training room, Clinton, MD 20735 click here to RSVP
6:30pm – 16th Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade
Join the Creative Alliance, Friends of Patterson Park and others in this exciting parade! Come early to make your lanterns. Bring the kids! (Lanterns are made with recycled materials – water bottles and gallon jugs!)Location: Patterson Park Boat Lake
Tuesday, October 27
8:30am-2:30pm Wells Fargo Pre-Grant Training.
Wells Fargo has Neighborhood Planning and Neighborhood Implementation Grants available in Baltimore City (one of three pilot cities). Potential applicants MUST attend this training before applying. The free workshop in is entitled “Introduction to Neighborhood Planning.” The workshop is open to the public and will cover topics such as what to do before you plan, choosing the right consultants, key elements to the planning process, and getting from planning to implementation. Click here to register.
7:45 a.m. Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition Annual Meeting.
Hilton Baltimore Hotel, 401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21201.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily (Oct 27-29). NeighborWorks Place-Based Training for Housing Counselors. HC211 Credit Counseling for Maximum Results. This valuable training is focused on both new and experienced credit counselors. NeighborWorks describes the training: “This high-energy crash course provides homeownership counselors with the knowledge and skills they need to analyze credit profiles and determine the impact of specific credit behaviors on the credit scoring models used today. Through interactive exercises and case studies based on actual sample files, you will learn how to provide your clients with step by step guidance to develop efficient and effective action plans that are targeted to overcoming challenges in past behaviors and helping clients build positive credit profiles. This course is a must for the new or experienced counselor who is looking for tools to make credit counseling sessions more structured, efficient and productive.” Click here to register.
Wednesday, October 28
Signature Event –10 a.m. Workshop on marketing your community Join Maryland Delegate Steve Lafferty, Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch (invited) and Dundalk Renaissance leaders in describing the work they have accomplished with state Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funding. After a press conference, Dundalk Renaissance leaders will detail their work to re-brand and market Dundalk as a community of choice. This is a free workshop on branding and marketing your neighborhood/city/town. A networking lunch after the presentation will culminate Community Development Week. Location: Sparrows Point Country Club, 919 Wise Ave, Baltimore, MD 21222. click here to register
Noon-2pm – CDN’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon following the marketing workshop. Join CDN to celebrate our successes and growth! Cheer on your colleagues when we announce our Awards of Excellence! Location: Sparrows Point Country Club 919 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21222 click here to register.
CDN’s First Maryland Community Development Week was designed to highlight the important social and economic impact various community development initiatives across the state have on their communities, and to showcase the incredible work of our member organizations. The initiatives we chose to highlight showed that community development is broad and comprehensive, and very much needed in our neighborhoods across Maryland.
There were several events across the state. CDN highlighted 6 initiatives as “signature events” There were several other events that were not highlighted as “signature” events, but just as important! Thanks to the Sykesville Main Street, Community Law Center, The Reinvestment Fund, Charles County Justice and Advocacy Council, WBC Community Corporation, and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition for your work on this and for everything you do!
If you follow us on Twitter @CDNMaryland or like us on Facebook, you probably already saw these photos. For those who have not, below are the highlights of the six “signature events (and still follow us on twitter or like us on Facebook!)
On Monday, Oct 20, Delegates Mary Washington and Maggie McIntosh (D-43) (right photo) and Carol Gilbert of DHCD (left photo) were on hand to kick off Maryland Community Development Week at the 29th Street Community Center in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore City. The 29th Street Community Center is an initiative of member organization Greater Homewood Community Corporation. They took over an abandoned recreation center and made it a place for all families to feel safe and have productive activities. While we were celebrating, families with their infants and two year olds were entering the building, and a 7th grader joined us to talk about her experiences in the after school program. Here is the link to the Baltimore Sun article about our kick-off and our entire week, plus the 29th Street Community Center.
On Tuesday, October 21, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker joined us in celebrating the opening of a house redeveloped by member organization Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP). The house was foreclosed and not kept up by the bank. Thanks to HIP’s efforts, the house is beautiful and ready for middle income family homeowners. This house is just one of many that HIP will be working on. It is also in Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative area. The County Executive has designated five TNI areas in Prince George’s County that have been victims of foreclosures and partners like HIP are taking on the challenge of revitalizing these areas
On Wednesday, October 21, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined us to highlight the public art and facade improvements in the Long Branch neighborhood business corridor in Silver Spring. Member organizations Montgomery Housing Partnership worked with the local business association and residents to ensure success in this endeavor. The area looked great despite the rain that day!
On Thursday, October 23, Mayor Karin Tome of Brunswick, MD (just outside of Frederick) and members of the Town Council welcomed us and volunteers from the United Way of Frederick County during United Way’s Day of Service. Volunteers worked on the yard of a home just purchased with assistance from member organization Interfaith Housing Alliance (IHA). IHA worked with their client through the USDA purchase repair program, to be ready for homeownership and acquire her home. IHA announced that day their grant from the USDA has been renewed through 2019 so they are able to assist more families in rural areas in Western Maryland.
On Friday, October 24, we took a walking tour of the Ocean City Main Street. Did you know that the Ocean City Main Street is not the Boardwalk? Member organization Ocean City Development Corporation lead the tour of public art (artists painted the electric transformer boxes) and beautiful historic buildings and shops on Baltimore Avenue, just one block from the Boardwalk. Senator Jim Mathius (top left photo) and Mayor Richard Meehan (top right photo) were on hand to celebrate this 5th day of Maryland Community Development Week.
On Saturday, October 25 was Dundalk’s Fall Festival, complete with costume contests for dogs, children of all ages, and adults! Afterwards everyone went trick or treating on the Dundalk Main Street. We had a blast. Festivals are definitely community development in that they help create a sense of community and connection to place. Thanks to Delegate John Olszewski, Jr. for joining us that day, and to member organization Dundalk Renaissance for their great work on this event!
Thanks to our sponsors!