Notice is hereby given that the State of Maryland has opened a 30 day public comment period on the Draft 2018 Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
The Consolidated Plan is a planning document required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is prepared by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). It covers a five year period (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2019) and is designed to coordinate Federal, and to a lesser extent State, resources to provide decent housing, economic opportunities, and an acceptable living environment for Maryland's citizens. The Plan is updated every year during the five year period through an Annual Action Plan, and includes a series of one year goals toward meeting the overall five year goals of the Plan.
Maryland's Consolidated Plan covers the state's non-entitlement jurisdictions. Entitlement jurisdictions - those that receive funding directly from HUD, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, and the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, and Salisbury - prepare their own Consolidated Plans and are not covered by the State plan.
As part of the Consolidated Planning process, the State submits a CAPER to HUD which describes the progress the State has made in carrying out the one-year goals contained in the five year Plan. DHCD has just completed the fifth year of the five year Plan that ended June 30, 2019, and the draft CAPER details the progress DHCD made toward its housing and community development goals in the last year, and for the full five years of the Plan.
DHCD is interested in public input and comment on the draft CAPER. We will take written comments (via either email or standard post) on the report through COB Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the address listed below. In addition, we will hold a series of public meetings on the CAPER at the following dates, times, and places:
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
320 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Caroline County Central Library
100 Market Street
Small Meeting Room
Denton, Maryland 21629
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Fairview Branch Library
Small Meeting Room
Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road
Owings, Maryland 20736
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
Allegany County Office Complex
701 Kelly Road
Potomac Room 230
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend.
The draft Performance Report is available on-line on DHCD's website. It can be found under the "Publications" heading at the bottom of the website. In addition, copies of the draft CAPER are available at the following libraries: the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Blackwell Library in Salisbury, the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, the Lewis J. Ort Library in Frostburg, the Frederick Douglas Library in Princess Anne, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library in Charlotte Hall. A large print version is available at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore. Free copies of the draft Performance Report are also available by calling, writing, or e-mailing me at the address and phone numbers listed below.
Ms. Ja'Nai C. Streat
Senior Housing Policy Analyst
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road
Lanham, Maryland 20706
(301) 429-7445 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1 (800) 735-2258