Highlights from Community Development Week 2017

Thank you!
You made Community Development Week a success!  Here are some highlights:
We kicked off Community Development Week on September 20 with the Maryland Housing Conference. Over 350 people came to participate in workshops around neighborhood marketing (pictured right), vacant property legislation, financing rental affordable housing and much more. Thanks to all the partners involved, including Maryland Building Industry Assn., Maryland Realtors, Maryland DHCD and Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition.
We broke ground for a permanent supportive housing development in Easton that will house 24 people. The Neighborhood Service Center in Easton, one of Maryland’s 17 Community Action Agencies, is the developer of the project. Pictured is the NSC board and staff with the Mayor of Easton, Charlotte Davis of the Rural MD Council, and elected officials. Marilyn Neal of the NSC is also pictured.
The Housing Counselor Connections conference was an opportunity for staff from each housing counseling agency in the state to gather and learn about the national trends and advocacy needed. The group also had an opportunity to participate in local sessions and also discuss the future of the industry. Pictured is the audience talking with Senator Rosapepe from Prince George’s County about his commission related to changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and counselors networking with lenders.
Panelists from NeighborWorks, the Charles County Health Department, and Castle Developers did a great job of making the case for a better relationship between health and affordable housing. Ensuring that everyone has a decent, affordable place to live improves health outcomes, and saves states’ Medicaid costs. This was the first of what will be several conversations around this issue, and what Maryland should be doing to ensure more housing and better health outcomes.  Adam’s Crossing apartments was the perfect setting for this conversation.
The Frederick County Affordable Housing Community Land Trust is the only fully functioning affordable housing community land trust in Maryland. Pictured is the Mayor of Frederick handing the new owner of one of the community land trust homes a citation and the keys to the home. The dedication of the home was powerful. The panel discussion afterward was informative. There is a lot of interest in this topic statewide to ensure permanent affordability.
Experts from the Center for Community Progress joined us for a workshop on land banks as another blight elimination tool. We also reviewed Maryland’s new land bank law and how to implement it. Land Banks really are suited to address tax delinquent properties, and work with code enforcement for abandoned properties. Mortgage foreclosures can be address with land banks if the secured party donates the properties. More work to be done at the local level to make this work.
The tour of parts of East Baltimore included the Hoen Building, the new Food Hub (still under construction) and various other assets from which to build. Revitalization cannot happen without partnerships and initiative from community members, and this effort has the perfect combination.

CDN’s Annual Meeting was a huge success! Thanks to all of you who participated. Pictured is our keynote speaker US Senator Van Hollen providing words of encouragement, our President’s Award winners Delegate Holmes (D-Prince George’s County) and Senator Eckardt (R- Mid-Shore) who were instrumental in ensuring passage of our package of bills providing more tools for blight elimination last General Assembly session, and a shot of the Hoen building with our members.
Here’s the list of media coverage:

Maryland Independent: Community development tour highlights link between health and housing | Jamie Afenson-Comeau – September 29, 2017 http://www.somdnews.com/independent/spotlight/community-development-tour-highlights-link-between-health-and-housing/article_615ffcfe-87bb-54d0-a592-4c2676021a75.html

WDVM: MARYLAND: Family gets new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Md. | Jordan Lindsay – September 27, 2017 http://www.localdvm.com/news/i-270/family-gets-new-home-thanks-to-habitat-for-humanity-of-frederick-county-md/819601107

Frederick News Post: Frederick Habitat program offers unique solution to affordable housing | Nancy Lavin – September 28, 2017  https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/real_estate_and_development/frederick-habitat-program-offers-unique-solution-to-affordable-housing/article_2c40fcfc-de03-5226-b93a-71ebc96ebcc8.html

Prince George’s Sentinel: MD Law Allows County to Consider Land Banks for Blight Mitigation | Emily Blackner – October 4, 2017 http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/news/local/item/4114-md-law-allows-county-to-consider-land-banks-for-blight-mitigation

The Daily Record: East Baltimore shaping up as community development model | Adam Bednar – September 29, 2017 http://thedailyrecord.com/2017/09/29/east-baltimore-shaping-up-as-community-development-model/

The Daily Record: Van Hollen to touch on HUD budget cuts in east Baltimore | September 25, 2017 http://thedailyrecord.com/2017/09/25/van-hollen-to-touch-on-hud-budget-cuts-in-east-baltimore/


Thanks for a great Community Development Week!   
Thank you to our incredible Sponsors!
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Announcing CDN Awards of Excellence Honorees! Join us Sept 29 to celebrate!

The Community Development Network of Maryland is excited to announce the honorees for our
Community Development Awards of Excellence
Join us September 29, 2017 at Noon to celebrate!
Click here for details and to register for the 
Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Keynote Speaker US Senator Chris Van Hollen
Innovation Award
The Light House
Annapolis, MD
Collaboration Award
Financial Literacy Collaboration of Washington County
Legacy Award
The Honorable Senator James E. DeGrange, Sr.
Maryland State Senator, District 32
Advocacy Award
Take a Bite Out of Payday Loans Campaign
Impact Award
Prince George’s County Department of
Housing and Community Development
Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services
President’s Award
The Honorable Adelaide Eckardt
Maryland State Senator, District 37
The Honorable Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.
Maryland State Delegate District 32
Congratulations to all!  We’re so excited to celebrate with you!

Community Development Week Line Up! Everything you need to know to enjoy the week

Join us for our 4th Annual 
Community Development Week!
September 20:  Maryland Housing Conference – Kick off Community Development Week with workshops on a range of topics regarding affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and more. Time:  8:30am-4:30pm. Location: Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore County 21244 Register here.
September 22: Community Action in Action – Join us for a groundbreaking of a new housing development in Easton, developed by the Neighborhood Service Center, Talbot County’s Community Action Agency.  Reception follows the groundbreaking. Time: 4-6pm. Location: Neighborhood Service Center, 126 Port Street, Easton 21601 Register here (Free event)
September 25:  Housing Counselor Connections- Join us for this day long session if you are a housing counselor or interested in housing counseling, homebuyer education and foreclosure intervention. This session will connect counselors to important sessions and dialogue about the next steps in the sector. Time: 10:00am-3:00pm. Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch 502 S. Sharp Street, Baltimore 21202. Register here (Free event)
September 26: Health Impacts of Affordable Housing and Community Development. Tour an amazing affordable housing development in Southern Maryland and learn more about the positive impact of affordable housing and community development on health outcomes, and what more we can do. Time:  10am-1pm. Location:  Adams Crossing Apartments, 12330 Vivian Adams Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601. Register here (Free event)
September 27: Community Land Trusts in Maryland- The movement to provide permanent affordable homeownership started in Maryland in Frederick. Join us for a dedication of another Frederick Community Land Trust home and learn more about Community Land Trusts, how to establish them and lessons learned from Frederick. Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm. Location:  23 Hamilton Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701  Register here (free event)
September 28: Land Bank Workshop – CDN passed a series of legislation in the General Assembly this year providing tools for blight elimination. Land Banks are one such tool. The Center for Community Progress will be here explain what Land Bank is, what Maryland’s law does, and how to implement a Land Bank in your area. Time: 10am-3pm. Location:  Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Hyattsville, MD 20785 Register here (free event)
September 29: Innovative Revitalization in East Baltimore. Join us for a walking tour of East Baltimore specifically the Hoen Building, Food Hub, and American Brewery Building (now Humanim) and the revitalization happening in between. Time: 10:00am-11:30am. Location: The Hoen Building 2101 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore 21202. Register here (free event)
September 29: CDN’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon – Join us as we celebrate the work of CDN and our members. Our Keynote speaker is United State Senator Chris Van Hollen! Congratulate your colleagues as we present our Awards of Excellence during the Luncheon. Time:  Noon-2pm. Location: The Hoen Building, 2101 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore MD 21202.  Register Here (free event)
Do you have an event during Community Development Week?  Let us add it to our list!  Contact Odette to add your event.
Thank you to our incredible Sponsors!
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CDN Announces Senator Chris Van Hollen to be the Keynote Speaker at CDN Annual Meeting Sept 29

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.

Sept 20 kick off to Community Development Week: Maryland Housing Conference


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4th Annual Community Development Week 

Kick Off!


September 20, 2017


Maryland Housing Conference


Martin’s West


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


Workshops include:

New Tools for Addressing Vacant Properties

Neighborhood Marketing

Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing 

State Legislation Discussion

Funding for Neighborhood Revitalization

Benefits of Homebuyer Education

and more!


More information can be found on the registration site.








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 



Community Development Week! Check out these awesome events!


October 17 – 10:00am – Building from Strength in Baltimore City –
Join Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt to kick off Community Development Week in West Baltimore. Take a walking tour of historic Pennsylvania Avenue to learn about the fantastic history and the strength of West Baltimore. Location: Upton Community Empowerment and Wellness Center 1429 McCulloh Street, Baltimore MD 21217  Register Here 
October 18 – 10:30am – Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Maryland Heritage Areas in Prince George’s County – Learn about the community and economic development impact of Maryland’s thirteen Heritage Areas, and take a tour of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area in Prince George’s County.  Location:  Anacostia Trails Heritage Area new offices at the Pyramid Building, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 Register Here  
October 20 – 4:00pm-Façade Improvements in America’s Coolest Small Town– Join the Berlin Main Street to celebrate the new Façade Improvements along the Main Street. Hear from local businesses about the importance and impact of the Main Street, and take a tour of this cute town, designated as America’s Coolest Small Town in 2014 by Budget Travel. End with happy hour at the historic Atlantic Hotel. Location: Berlin Welcome Center, 14 S. Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811 Register Here 
October 21 – noon – Rally to pass Question J in Baltimore City! – Get ready for early voting and Election Day with the Housing for All Coalition (which CDN coordinates). Question J is the initiative that if passed will create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in Baltimore City. Take a tour of a beautiful development that houses and serves low to moderate income families. It is an example of the types of development the Affordable Housing Trust Fund could fund.
Location:  Lillian Jones Apartments, 1303 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore MD 21202 Register Here
October 22 – 10:00am – Housing Counseling and Community Action in Southern Maryland– Join the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee in learning about their housing counseling work, observe a homebuyer workshop, and tour their long time mixed income housing projects. Community Action is designed to lift families out of poverty. Location: Yardley Hills Community Center, 700 Yardley Drive, Prince Frederick, MD 20678  Register Here 
October 24 – 4:00pm – Main Street and Arts District in Hagerstown – Join us for the Grand Opening of Hagerstown’s entrepreneur center, called the “Burobox” on the Main Street and the Arts District!  Take a tour of the Center and the surrounding area. The Center is a perfect place to launch a new business in the heart of a growing downtown area. Location: 60 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740  Register Here
October 25 – 10:00am – Creative Re-use for Affordable Housing in Elkton– Learn about how important the state’s Rental Housing Works program is to Maryland by visiting a beautiful affordable senior residence in the heart of Elkton. The development is built within the old Cecil County jail!  Location:  214 North Street, Elkton, MD 21921 Register Here
October 26 – 10:00am – Neighborhood Revitalization in Bay Brook region– Learn about the cross jurisdictional planning with Curtis Bay (Baltimore City) and Brooklyn Park (Anne Arundel County) and what it takes for the entire community to plan and realize their vision. A panel discussion will follow a driving tour of the area. The panel discussion includes leaders from Brooklyn Curtis Bay and Brooklyn Park, Arundel Federal Savings Bank, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta which has a major announcement. Stay for CDN’s Annual Meeting starting at noon. Location: Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 Register Here 
October 26 – noon – CDN’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon – Celebrate the work of CDN and Maryland’s entire community development industry. This free event includes CDN’s Awards of Excellence, report to the members, CDN’s proposed legislative agenda, and Keynote Speaker Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. Location: Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225 Register Here
Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

Awards of Excellence: Nominate a person or organization for this honor!

Nominate an organization or person for 
CDN’s Awards of Excellence!
Deadline September 30, 2016!

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.

Please take time to nominate an organization or person who exhibits excellence in the following categories:
Legacy: This award is presented to a person for his/her lifetime achievement in and commitment to the community development field.
Innovation: This award goes to an entity that has implemented a practice that reflects a new way of thinking about the problem to be solved. We are looking for non-conventional approaches that are innovative within the context of entity size and geographic area.
Collaboration: This award goes to an entity that has engaged in a collaboration that creatively connects groups within the community development industry. We will highlight distinctive, creative collaborations where the entity, working with one or more partners, has created new connections among organizations that were not previously connected.
Advocacy: The Lorraine Sheehan Memorial Advocacy Award goes to an entity or person who has played a significant role in policy change or advocating for action on a specific issue at the local or statewide level.
Impact: This award given to an entity has had significant impact in the community or the lives the entity serves.
If you have any questions please contact me at odette@communitydevelopmentmd.org.

Highlights from Community Development Week 2015 – Thanks for a Great week!

Highlights from Community Development Week 2015 
Theme: Signature events highlight the important state investments and
leverage in community development 
Community Development Week Kick Off event in Baltimore
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Holt joined CDN and Central Baltimore Partnership for our kick off at the Parkway Theatre in Baltimore. CDN highlighted the use of state Community Legacy funds in the transformation of Central Baltimore.
Mixed Income Housing in St. Mary’s County 
Spring Valley Apartments provides market rate apartments and housing for low income families. It was funded using a variety of sources, including Rental Housing Works.  A resident of the community joined us that day to let us know how important this community means to her.
 Community development investments in Cumberland
Senator George Edwards (speaking) and Delegate Mike McKay joined us in Cumberland to highlight the state investments in a local job center, bowling alley and Head Start, projects initiated by the Allegany Human Resource Development Commission.
Neighborhood BusinessWorks for Cambridge Main Street
Senator Adelaide Eckhardt and Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes toured Cambridge Main Street to celebrate the important investments Neighborhood BusinessWorks has made in the area.  What was lots of vacant store fronts are now thriving businesses.
Housing Counseling Works
Housing Opportunities & Planning Enterprises (H.O.P.E.) hosted CDN and partners to showcase a homebuyer workshop. The Prince Georges Coalition for Homeownership Preservation has done tremendous work to help families land on their feet or keep their homes in the midst of the foreclosure crisis. One of the homebuyers talked about her success and encouraged that everyone go to housing counseling.
Marketing Dundalk
Participants from around the state joined CDN, the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and Delegate Steve Lafferty (left) to celebrate the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funds in Dundalk, and a workshop on marketing neighborhoods as communities of choice.
Here is some media coverage!
Allegany Radio
Dundalk Eagle
Special Thanks to this year’s Community Development Week Sponsors!
Signature Sponsors:
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New Date for CDN Annual Meeting – October 28 noon-2pm

Now October 28, noon – 2pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances, CDN has had to change the date and time for our Annual Meeting.
Please join us for our rescheduled Annual Meeting and
Awards Luncheon on
October 28 from noon-2pm at
Sparrows Point Country Club.
This event follows the marketing workshop and culmonates a busy Community Development Week 2015
We will report to our members and friends the successes CDN has had this year, and celebrate our growth.
We will also present our Awards of Excellence!
This is a FREE event.  Please join us for lunch!