Press Release

April 19, 2019
Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $4 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development in Western Maryland
FY2019 Awards Include Investments from Community Development Block Grants and Low-Income Housing for Persons with AIDS/HIV

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced nearly $4 million in grant awards to Western Maryland to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated $2.4 million combined through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg and Hagerstown. Fredrick also received more than $1.5 million through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program, which increases affordable housing for low-income people living with AIDS/HIV. In addition, the State of Maryland received over $15 million in grants for jurisdictions across the state for low-income and emergency housing.  These federal funds complement the $4.4 million in grants from the Public Housing Capital Fund recently announced by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen.

“Every Marylander – every American – deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Senator Cardin. “These federal funds target those who need it most – including the low and very-low income, people with HIV-AIDS and their families, and individuals experiencing homelessness – while giving local leaders freedom to address the problem in a way that makes the most sense for their communities.”

“These federal investments have a positive, real world impact on people across our state – including right here in Western Maryland. This is a successful targeted program to expand economic opportunity and to provide a hand-up to people struggling to make ends meet,” said Senator Van Hollen.

The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants program provides annual grants to states and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.


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Maryland Nonentitlement Locations


Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, states and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.


FY19 Funds



Maryland Nonentitlement Locations


The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides annual grants to state, local, and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.  In addition to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, the ESG program also provides limited funding for street outreach as well as for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.

Maryland Nonentitlement Locations FY19 … $1,121,541

The HOME Investment Partnership Program helps to expand – often in partnership with local nonprofit groups – the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to states and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities. HOME is the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.

Maryland FY19 Nonentitlement Locations … $5,762,762

The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is a new affordable housing production program that will complement existing Federal, State and local efforts to increase and preserve the supply of decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households, including homeless families.

Maryland FY19 Nonentitlement Locations … $3,391,627