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April 14, 2015 (443) 223-3322
Strong Support Shown for Efforts to Strengthen Communities in 2015 Maryland General Assembly Session
State funding approved for redevelopment, housing assistance,
local community development and mainstreet revitalization
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Community Development Network of Maryland today applauded state lawmakers for increasing funding in the approved budget for efforts that improve and strengthen the state’s communities, businesses and economy.
Key community development funding approved during the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session includes:
- $6 million for the Community Legacy Program
- $7.5 million for the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund (up from the proposed $5 million)
- $4.55 million for Neighborhood BusinessWorks
- $3 million in capital funding, $750,000 in operating for the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (BRNI) (up from $1.6million in capital funding)
- $20 million for Rental Housing Works (up from $10million)
- $600,000 for a new fund to provide capacity for nonprofit community development organizations.
“Maryland continues to be a strong state with pressing challenges,” said Odette Ramos, Executive Director of the Community Development Network of Maryland. “Governor Hogan made strategic decisions to support these programs providing neighborhoods with the tools they need to succeed. The more than 150 organizations and local governments that make up the Community Development Network of Maryland thank the General Assembly for maintaining the foundation the Governor proposed, and increasing critical investments in our communities.”
Community Development Network of Maryland members visit Annapolis each year to ask the General Assembly to support community development initiatives statewide. More than 100 members gathered this year on January 22 to educate legislators on the benefits of Maryland’s community development programs to the state’s economy and to ask for support for the Network’s budgetary and legislative priorities.
The Community Development Network of Maryland envisions a Maryland where all neighborhoods and communities thrive and where people of all incomes have opportunities for themselves and their families. These programs help to make this vision a reality. In addition, organizations in the Community Development Network of Maryland invested more than $122 million in projects statewide in 2014 and supported 3,549 full-time employees.
The mission of the Community Development Network of Maryland is to engage and strengthen Maryland’s community development industry and promote comprehensive community development through advocacy, partnerships, and capacity building. CDN’s sole purpose is to strengthen, promote, and advocate for Maryland’s community development industry.