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 



CDN Executive Director Odette Ramos receives Dickens Warfield Award

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..


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(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

CDN releases vacant, blighted, abandoned properties study

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