NEWS RELEASE - Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Emergency Solutions Grant Awards

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Emergency Solutions Grant Awards
Over $2.9 million awarded to support homeless shelters and services
New Carrollton, MD (September 6, 2017) - The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced the recipients of Fiscal Year 2018 grants through the Emergency Solutions Grants program. Over $2.9 million in program grants will assist homeless shelters and support homeless services in 19 counties and five municipalities in Maryland. In Fiscal Year 2017, over 6,200 Marylanders experiencing or at risk of homelessness were assisted with services through the Emergency Solutions Grants program. The awards are expected to leverage over $3.4 million in additional funding.

"Homelessness affects all parts of Maryland," said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. "The state is proud to partner with local communities and nonprofit service providers through the Emergency Solutions Grants program to shelter and support this vulnerable population."

Emergency Solutions Grants funds are used to support shelter operations, outreach, as well as prevention and rapid re-housing. Rapid re-housing is an important, evidence-based strategy that quickly moves homeless households back into housing and provides time-limited services that are scaled to the need of the family.

The Fiscal Year 2018 Emergency Solutions Grants program awardees are:

Allegany County - $128,000
  • Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission - $100,100
  • Family Crisis Resource Center - $27,900

City of Annapolis
  • Light House - $116,600

City of Baltimore
  • Strong City Baltimore / Youth Empowered Society - $80,000

Calvert County - $97,900
  • Calvert Affordable Housing Alliance - $25,300
  • Community Ministry of Calvert County - $13,200
  • Project ECHO - $59,400

Caroline County
  • Saint Martin's Ministries - $38,500

Carroll County
  • Human Services Program - $111,900

Cecil County - $112,600
  • Cecil County Men's Shelter - $27,100
  • Deep Roots, Inc. - $35,600
  • Human Services Development Corporation, Inc. - $49,900

Charles County - $97,200
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC- Angel's Watch - $32,500
  • LifeStyles of MD Foundation, Inc. - $31,800
  • Robert Fuller Transitional House - $32,900

Town of Denton
  • His Hope Haven (Winter Haven Shelter) - $108,900

Dorchester County - $122,250
  • Delmarva Community Services, Inc. - $117,900
  • Dorchester County - $4,350

Frederick County - $116,200
  • Advocates for Homeless Families - $51,300
  • Heartly House, Inc. - $64,900

City of Frederick - $99,900
  • Frederick Community Action Agency - $47,000
  • The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs - $52,900

Garrett County
  • Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. - $105,100

Harford County - $130,050
  • Anna's House / Associated Catholic Charities, Inc. - $10,400
  • Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. - $101,700
  • Harford County Department of Housing and Community Development - $9,350
  • Sexual Assault/Spousal Abuse Resource Center - $8,600

Howard County - $127,700
  • Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. - $22,000
  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center - $14,000
  • HopeWorks of Howard County - $45,700
  • Howard County Department of Corrections - $46,000

Kent County
  • Saint Martin's Ministries - $53,800

Prince George's County
  • Prince George's County - $80,000

Queen Anne's County
  • Queen Anne's County Housing & Community Services - $91,500

City of Salisbury - $126,400
  • City of Salisbury - $25,000
  • Diakonia, Inc. - $77,600
  • Samaritan Ministries - $23,800

Somerset County - $112,800
  • Catholic Charities Seton Center - $61,600
  • Somerset Committee for the Homeless, Inc. - $51,200

St. Mary's County - $125,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC- Angel's Watch - $22,800
  • Three Oaks Center - $102,200

Talbot County
  • Neighborhood Service Center, Inc. - $81,900

Washington County - $143,250
  • CASA, Inc. - $19,900
  • REACH, Inc. - $58,300
  • Washington County - $4,350
  • Washington County Community Action Council, Inc. - $60,700

Worcester County - $119,900
  • Diakonia, Inc. - $90,200
  • Samaritan Ministries - $29,700

Training and Technical Assistance to Continuums of Care & Data Warehouse - $120,000

Special Population Homelessness Initiative - $293,477

TOTAL - $2,940,797

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CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of September 1, 2017, have been posted to HUD Exchange.
These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.
CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:
{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.
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