Statewide Advocacy

The core of CDN’s work is to represent the community development industry in Annapolis during the General Assembly each year. Through the regional coalitions and involvement with several statewide coalitions, CDN establishes its Policy Agenda each year with the help of the Policy Committee. Work gets done on legislation throughout the year to prepare for the General Assembly Session which lasts from January-April each year (it is an intense 90 days).

Recent major victories include:

  • Successful advocacy each year to ensure that community development investments from the state are at least level funded (including Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition, Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, Rental Housing Works, Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund, and more).
  • Passage of legislation to provide more tools to jurisdictions to eliminate vacant, abandoned and blighted properties including Land Bank (HB1168/SB957), changes to the Foreclosed Property Registry (HB1048/SB875), and expediting foreclosure for vacant, abandoned and blighted properties (SB1033) and creation of a task force to come up with a new tax sale system in Maryland (SB823/HB659) (2017)
  • Requiring secured parties to notify a homeowner if the foreclosure sale is canceled or postponed (SB247/HB26) (2017)
  • The elimination of the local approval requirements for state-financed projects and streamlining of the rental housing programs in 2014 (passage of the Multifamily Housing Program Efficiency Act HB453)
  • A partial Homestead Tax Credit carry- over for Baltimore City homeowners in 2014 (passage of the Baltimore Residential Retention Act HB920)
  • The expansion of the Community Investment Tax Credit funds by $175,000 in 2013 (passage of HB108) which enables nonprofit organizations to offer a state tax credit to donors who contribute $500 or more.

To participate in CDN’s Policy Committee, contact



Documenting the Vacant, Abandoned, Blighted Property Problem in Maryland: CDN published a report in the summer of 2016 with Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Association of Counties regarding the problem of vacant, abandoned, and blighted in Maryland.  This report informed the legislation passed in 2017 adding more tools to address blighted properties.  CDN_policy_vacant property survey results_designed_Jan2017


Gubernatorial Forum

on May 12, 2014, CDN hosted, along with the Maryland Community Action Partnership, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition and several others, a Gubernatorial Forum prior to the 2014 primary elections. Five candidates participated and over 270 people from all over the state were in the audience. (All candidates listed on the Board of Elections website were invited via certified mail, email and phone).

The process was designed to educate the candidates on the issues important to community development, and also get their views on these issues.  Candidates were given several pages of information and statistics about our industry, and the exact questions we asked at the Forum.

The result was a great conversation directly related to the interest of the audience, well-prepared and well-educated candidates.  See the video of the Forum here.  Here are the questions we submitted to each candidate: CDN_Gubernatorialforum_Questions insert_May2014

Local Advocacy

CDN assists with advocacy as determined by the regional coalitions.