CDN releases Tax Sale Task Force study

January 18, 2018

CDN participated in the Task Force to study Tax Sales in Maryland over the summer of 2017.

The work resulted in a comprehensive report, released on January 18 during the briefing before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Click Here for the report:  Tax Sale Report Final 1-17-2018

The report has recommendations on consumer protections, tools to address vacant and abandoned properties that do not sell at tax sale, and more.

CDN Housing Counselors – Request for Qualifications

Request for Qualifications
The Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) is looking for a qualified housing counseling agency to contract with who will fulfill the duties needed to coordinate CDN’s housing counseling program. The scope of work is included in the notice, and the deadline for qualifications is December 18, 2017.

Questions must be received by the end of the day on Dec 4, and the answers will be posted on the CDN Website under the notice of request for qualifications the next day. Questions should be addressed to Odette here.
See the Request for Qualifications Here:
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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

WDVM: MARYLAND: Family gets new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Md. | Jordan Lindsay – September 27, 2017

Frederick News Post: Frederick Habitat program offers unique solution to affordable housing | Nancy Lavin – September 28, 2017

Prince George’s Sentinel: MD Law Allows County to Consider Land Banks for Blight Mitigation | Emily Blackner – October 4, 2017

The Daily Record: East Baltimore shaping up as community development model | Adam Bednar – September 29, 2017

The Daily Record: Van Hollen to touch on HUD budget cuts in east Baltimore | September 25, 2017


Thanks for a great Community Development Week!   
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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.
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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