Community Development Network of Maryland

Community development

What is Community Development?

Community Development encompasses locally-generated initiatives to improve communities economically, physically and socially, for the benefit of the people who live and work there.  The community development industry includes nonprofit organizations, public agencies, financial institutions, developers, and individuals.



Our Work



The core of CDN’s work is representing the community development industry in Annapolis during the Maryland General Assembly. Each year, through its Policy  Committee, regional coalitions and engagement with other statewide coalitions, CDN establishes a Policy Agenda.  Staff and network members work on legislation throughout the year to prepare for the General Assembly Session, which runs from January to April.  It is an intense 90 days!

Capacity Building


CDN provides capacity building support to community organizations and local governments to help them advance their mission and increase their impact. We offer a wide range of support to help our members undertake programs that improve life in the communities they serve. Most recently, CDN helped to secure scholarships for staff to attend NeighborWorks training. In 2018, CDN provided counsel to Dorchester County and developed a coaching program to help Maryland housing counselors pass the new HUD Certification exam.

Regional Coalitions


CDN is organizing the state into regional coalitions. These coalitions:

(a) Make sure CDN is touching all of the community development organizations in the state.

(b) Understand capacity building and training needs and provide resources to meet those needs.

 (c) Understand common issues in each region, and work with the coalitions to resolve those issues.

CDN organizes the state into the following regions: Southern Maryland, Eastern Shore, Western Maryland, DC Region, Central Maryland (minus Baltimore City) and Baltimore City.

CDN Accomplishments

  • In the 2019 General Assembly, supported legislation that enables jurisdictions to use the Judicial In Rem process to address vacant and abandoned tax sale properties.  CDN also supported legislation that will increase transparency in reporting on Opportunity Zone investments that receive state tax credits, financing or funding. 
  • In 2018 and 2019, successfully worked with partners for the creation of the Fair Housing Action Center, to provide fair housing enforcement and tenant advocacy.
  • In the 2017 General Assembly, proposed legislation to create a Task Force to reform Maryland’s antiquated and predatory tax sale system.  This led to the passage of seven pieces of tax sale reform legislation in 2018 and 2019, in partnership with the Maryland Association of Counties, Maryland Municipal League, and several other partners.
  • Played a leading role in the Housing for All Coalition, which collected 18,000 signatures in 2016 to amend the Baltimore City charter to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF), and advocated for $20 million in funding, which became law in 2018.  

CDN Publications

  • Tax Sale Task Force:  CDN coordinated the work of the Tax Sale Task Force enacted in 2017. The task force focused on reducing foreclosures due to tax sales, creating tools to address vacant properties stuck in tax sale, and maximizing revenue for jurisdictions.