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 donor reception and tour in Easton highlighting the work of the Neighborhood Service Center, Talbot County’s Community Action Agency, featuring a new multi-room housing development. 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 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.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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!

Join Us for Community Development Week! October 19-28

Here’s the schedule for Community Development Week 2015!
This year’s theme for the “Signature Events” is to promote the impact of state funding on community development. 
Many other events are also listed below –

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

Monday, October 19

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.


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View Highlights from the 2014 Maryland Community Development Week!

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!)

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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