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
Please find the RFP for this work: CDN_HFA_consultant scope for AHTF_June2017
Proposals are due June 19 by 5pm.
Community Development Network’s Odette Ramos Honored by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award honors those who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to fair housing principles
Baltimore, Md. – Odette Ramos, executive director of Community Development Network of Maryland, has received the 2017 Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award from Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI). The award is presented each year to three individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to fair housing principles.
As a part of her work for the Community Development Network, Ramos also helps lead the HOME Act Coalition, which advocates for legislation to ban housing discrimination based on source of income, which can include federal housing vouchers.
“I am honored to be one of the recipients of this wonderful award this year,” said Ramos. “I thank BNI for their fierce commitment to fair housing all across the state. I look forward to continuing to work with them and other advocates to promote fair housing policies and strong, safe and diverse neighborhoods.”
BNI works for justice in housing across Maryland, focusing on fair housing policies and tenant-landlord issues.
Two other individuals received the same award – Antonia Fasanelli, executive director of the Homeless Persons Representations Project, Inc., and C. Matthew Hill, staff attorney for the Public Justice Center – also for their work on the HOME Act..
(from left to right, Lou Pierson- BNI Board Chair, Antonia Fasanelli- Homeless Persons Representation Project, Odette Ramos- CDN, Matt Hill – Public Justice Center, Rob Strupp – BNI Executive Director
Click here for our General Assembly update! It was a great year for CDN’s legislative agenda and for community development in general!
Check out our latest General Assembly update. Action needed on some of these items!
General Assembly Update here
Thanks to everyone who joined us!
Click here for the highlights of the day.
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
Find out all the details here!
February 8, 2017
Rooms 170 and 180 Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis
10-noon: Community Development Showcase and Legislative Visits
noon: Legislative Luncheon and program