Check out our latest General Assembly update. Action needed on some of these items!
General Assembly Update here
Check out our latest General Assembly update. Action needed on some of these items!
General Assembly Update here
Thanks to everyone who joined us!
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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
We value your opinion as we strive to improve what we offer to members and the entire community development industry. Please take a few moments to answer this survey. All answers are confidential.
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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.
August 15, 2016
Greetings CDN Members and Friends:
We trust your summer is going well. We have a lot to share with you and this issue of our e-newsletter includes some important updates and information about the following: Place-Based Training Opportunities, Promoting the Work Community Development Organizations (NHRC and CDN Survey), CDN Achievements, Membership Information, Community Development Week (October 17th-26th) and highlights from 2015, Job and Funding Opportunities, Proposed Changes to Housing Counselor Documentation, and more.
CDN Hosts NeighborWorks Place Based Training (Frederick, Maryland)
Please register for the NeighborWorks Training “HO310 Financial Coaching: Helping Clients Reach Their Goals”, September 26th and 27th. Participate in this course to continue the process for certification in Financial Capability counseling. This is the one of three trainings required for certification.
From the Course Description: “An emerging field, Financial Coaching supports clients to work towards goals and maximize their financial potential. Financial coaches facilitate, motivate, listen and guide individuals to tap their capability to change financial habits and open the door to reach financial security. In this 2-day course participants will learn how coaching differs from and complements financial education, knowledge sharing and counseling.”
CDN has negotiated a registration fee for this training is only $100.00. You may pay process your registration and payment online or by mailing a business check or money order to CDN Maryland Post Office Box 22426, Baltimore, MD 21203. Space is limited to 20.
The course begins each day at 8:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:00 p.m. The address is: The Arc of Frederick County, 620-A Research Court, Frederick, MD 21703. We can provide information about accommodation for those wishing to stay in Frederick. If you are interested or have questions, please email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org .
HUD Offers Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (“DASP”) Enhancements Seminar:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) will be holding a seminar on Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (“DASP”) single family mortgage loan sales and recently announced program enhancements.
Date: Wed, Aug 17, 2016, Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Check in begins at Noon)
Location: Philadelphia HUD Home Ownership Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East Philadelphia, PA 19107 or Meeting with Online Viewing. To R.S.V.P. please contact HUD’s Transaction Specialist at HUDsales@verdiassetsales.com, or call 1-844-709-0763
WE KNOW THE GREAT WORK YOU DO IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
Now it is time to let all our national and state policymakers know.
Fiscal Impacts Survey- Please Respond by August 19th:
National Housing Resource Center (NHRC) is working on documenting the impact of ending NFMC funding and the current state of housing counseling funding. They are also tracking if agencies have closed their doors or stopped providing housing counseling services. Please also report if the work your organizations doing in communities is growing. It is a short (20 question) survey. They will use this information to alert policy makers to the changes in the housing counseling world. Here is the link to the survey.
CDN’s “Return on Investment Study!”- Please Respond by August 30th:
Housing counseling is a cost-effective program that benefits counseled homeowners, investors, state and local governments, and communities that have been damaged by the housing crisis. It is critical to get your information about the impact your organization has in Maryland.
Please Complete CDN’s “Return on Investment Study!” Please look below for the survey that most reflects your organization’s mission. The time you spend will definitely be worth it. As of today, only 7 housing counseling organizations have completed the survey. ALL must complete it to get an accurate picture of investment and value of housing counseling work across the state. The survey was modified to take out the need to report data by Zip code.
Here are he links for the Housing Counseling survey and programming.
You may also contact us and we will complete it with you, just email us email@example.com and we will call you are your convenience.
It’s Membership Drive Time!
Please become a member or renew your membership today to be a part of strengthening our industry. Paid members benefit directly from CDN’s work to promote, strengthen and advocate for Maryland’s community development industry. For your convenience you may renew or become a member today online or download this form and send in a check with your membership contribution.
With member support, CDN has accomplished a lot, here’s a partial list: Implemented our 2nd Annual Community Development Week which highlighted various community development activities around the state and gained significant media attention (see our website for all the details and media here)
Join us in this important work for our communities. Together we can do more! For your convenience you may renew or become a member today online or download this form and send in a check with your membership contribution.
3rd Annual Maryland Community Development Week is October 17-26, 2016
We kick off the week on October 17th with Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt in Baltimore City. The week’s activities will focus on community development initiatives and workshops around the state focusing on
On October 26th please join housing counselors across the state for our Annual Meeting Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn Park. Our keynote speaker this year is the Honorable Michael Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates!
We are still building the week’s program, please let us know if you are planning any open houses, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, tours, events, etc. during this important 10 days! We’ll list everything going on around the state! Please let us know about your events! Contact Odette@communitydevelopmentmd.org.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is seeking a Director of Housing Counseling!
Company Overview: The mission of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is to create, preserve and maintain equal housing opportunities for low and moderate-income people, primarily in Baltimore City, and to encourage and support strong and diverse neighborhoods.
Job Summary: The Director oversees all elements of the Counseling Department, including program development, execution, analysis, evaluation, innovation / refinement and internal and external partnership management. (Click here to read full job description.)
National and Local Partner News and Updates
White House Celebration of National Homeownership Month
On June 21st, HUD Secretary Julian Castro celebrated National Homeownership Month with housing counseling agencies from across the country during the “Dare to Own the Dream” event at the White House. They highlighted families who worked with HUD-Certified housing counseling agencies to purchase homes. CDN members Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF) and Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services were highlighted! There were several organizations from Maryland there to celebrate and cheer on our colleagues, including representatives from Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI), Druid Heights CDC, United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP), Centro de Apoyo Familiar, Salisbury NHS, and Harford County Dept. of Housing and Community Development. CDN was there to support! It was a great opportunity! (See pictures and streaming video here.)
From National Housing Resource Center: Proposed Changes to Housing Counselor Documentation
HUD has posted a draft 9911 form, which eventually will be used to document that homeownership counseling took place. The densely worded form lays out what the counselor certifies has been covered in the counseling session and the client certifies the topics covered in the session. The form also provides a space to acknowledge any client fees paid to the agency either to the counseling agency or will be paid at closing. Once it is finalized, this form will be a routine part of pre-purchase and refinance counseling. Please send us your feedback.
Link to the draft 9911 form: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=9911.pdf
From Civil Justice Inc.
Please take a look at this recent announcement from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about updated existing protections for homeowners and finalized new protections. Servicers may have to review a delinquent loan for modification more than once over the life of the loan, and servicers may need to communicate more with successors of interest after the death of a borrower of their options. Read more here: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/weve-updated-our-mortgage-servicing-rules-provide-greater-protections-mortgage-borrowers-and-other-homeowners/
The Operating Assistance Grants (Nonprofit Assistance Fund, Technical Assistance Grants, and Main Street Improvement Fund) grants rounds are now open! Applications Due September 15 at 5pm. In order to obtain an Operating Assistance Grant application, you must log in to the Department’s Project Portal: http://projectportal.dhcd.state.md.us. Once logged in, you can access the application by selecting “Operating Assistance Grants” from the “View My Opportunities” button.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or thoughts on any of the items in this e-newsletter. We want to hear from you!
Odette Ramos, Executive Director
Community Development Network of Maryland
The Operating Assistance Grants (Nonprofit Assistance Fund, Technical Assistance Grants, and Main Street Improvement Fund) grants rounds are now open!
Applications Due September 15 at 5pm
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is committed to assisting Maryland’s local governments and nonprofit organizations build capacity to achieve their community revitalization and economic development goals. The Department has consolidated three operating assistance programs into one Operating Assistance Grants application for FY17 funding: the Main Street Improvement Program, the Nonprofit Assistance Fund and the Technical Assistance Grants.
Applications are due September 15 at 5:00 pm. Program funds, totaling $1,000,000, are available as follows: Main Street Improvement Program: $150,000; the Nonprofit Assistance Fund: $700,000 and the Technical Assistance Grant: $150,000.
As long as the applicant meets program eligibility requirements, they may submit an application for funding from each of the available programs.
In order to obtain an Operating Assistance Grant application, you must log in to the Department’s Project Portal: http://projectportal.dhcd.state.md.us Once logged in, you can access the application by selecting “Operating Assistance Grants” from the “View My Opportunities” button.
Please read the entire application to determine your eligibility to apply and eligible project activities. All applications and required documents should be submitted electronically via the Project Portal System. All materials MUST be provided as outlined in the Required Documents checklist by the application deadline; those applicants with incomplete applications will be invited to apply in the FY18 round, assuming funding is available.
For questions concerning the application or Required Documents please contact Karen Forbes at 410-209-5809 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions concerning DHCD’s Project Portal or technical issues with application submission please contact Bryan Holtzapple at 410-209-5832 or