Community Development Network of Maryland


March 5, 2018
CDN Members and Friends:

This email outlines CDN's legislative priorities, status of those priorities, and how you can get involved. CDN derived its policy agenda based on conversations during our regional coalition meetings throughout the state, and ideas from our Policy Committee. We finally have bill numbers and essential information about our primary legislative goals. 

If you click on the bill number, the link will take you to the Maryland General Assembly website where you can find more information about the legislation.

It is important your legislators hear from you! They already hear from me everyday. Please take a moment to contact your legislators about these important initiatives!

We would like to thank our sponsors of the legislation you see below. They are dedicated to community development in Maryland.

We will be sending updates throughout the rest of the General Assembly session. Find your legislator and contact them about these bills! Find your legislator here


Please note, the Budget items are at the bottom of this newsletter! Take a look!

CDN proposes legislation to increase dollars for community development 
HB109/SB821 Establishes the Community Development Fund. The Fund will be administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, with advice and guidance from an oversight board created in the legislation. The Fund can be used for activities such as affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, community organizing, community services, housing and financial counseling, small business and main street development, etc. It is designed to provide critical operating dollars to nonprofits to ensure community needs are met in Maryland. There is no funding source in this version of the bill. It's on the floor in the House this week!  Call your legislators!

HB303 Increases the Community Investment Tax Credit program tax credits. Community development nonprofits have used these credits to diversify their funding and create amazing programming or build/expand housing or community projects. This legislation expands the amount of credits from $1.75million to $3million. This bill is extremely important now more than ever because charitable giving will go down as a result of the federal tax bill.  Maryland should step to the plate to help our important nonprofit community.

CDN proposes legislation to prevent owner occupied homes from going to tax sale, gets vacant properties to productive use quicker, and maximizes collection of taxes. 
CDN participated in the Task Force to study Tax Sales in Maryland, a task force established by HB659/HB823 in last year's General Assembly. The Task Force report can be found here.

Six bills came out of this work that achieve the goals set out in the report.

SB466/HB556 Waiver of Estate Fees in cases of Tax Sale.  Requires the Register of Wills to waive fees to open estates in the case of tax sale.  There are amendments which will clarify language of income restrictions and value of the property where the fees can be waived.

SB468/HB1073 Copy of Water Bill to Tenant. Requires a landlord to provide a copy of the water bill to a tenant when requested by the tenant. This only applies to landlords with 1 and 2 unit buildings and only when the lease states that the tenant is responsible for paying the water bill.

SB709/HB923 Water and Sewer Protections.  Enables jurisdictions to put in place payment plans to help homeowners pay their water bills. Also enables jurisdictions to create "round up" policies.  Last, allows jurisdictions to shut off water when the house is deemed vacant to avoid further damage, and also to ensure the bills don't accrue. 

SB951/HB1112 Vacant and Abandoned Property.  This bill provides all the tools that Baltimore City already has to address vacant and abandoned property that don't sell at tax sale to the rest of the state. Tools include releasing liens to transfer clean title, removing properties from tax sale for redevelopment purposes, and allowing jurisdictions to expedite foreclosure on a tax sale property.

SB952/HB1465 Homeowner Protections.  Requires that jurisdictions include in their late notices that homeowners can be help and to call the HOPE Hotline or another referral. Notices regarding late property tax payments have the same requirement, but add that the bill should have information regarding the Homeowner's Tax Credit, which could eliminate their debt. Also requires jurisdictions to take a homeowner out of tax sale to work with them when the amount is lower than $750.

SB954/HB1246 Judicial In Rem. This legislation enables  jurisdictions to adopt judicial In Rem foreclosure sale in their counties, and adding they can choose properties to go through this process. These are tax sale properties but the process does not use a tax sale certificate to handle the properties, they are deed sales. 
Other Important Bills

HB279 Homebuyer Education Requirements. This bill makes the requirements for homebuyer education for first time homebuyers to get a Maryland Mortgage Program loan the same in each county. DHCD would set the regulations related to this program, and would have to include the use of online homebuyer education and making portable the certificate homebuyers get after taking the class and one counseling session.This bill has passed the House of Delegates and is in the Senate

HB108 Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative. This is a correction bill. All references to the local resolution requirement were deleted except for one, and that one we are trying to eliminate to be consistent with the program and other DHCD programs.

HB78/SB222 Foreclosed Property Registry Updates. This bill is left over from our package of bills providing more tools to jurisdictions to address vacant and abandoned properties. This one requires the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), who manages the Foreclosed Property Registry, to build into the system that the people who are authorized to use the registry get an email when there is an update to data in their jurisdiction. This bill has already passed the House and Senate, and is waiting for the crossfiles to pass.

HB1240 Preservation of Affordable Housing. This legislation requires the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to come up with a plan to preserve affordable housing. According to a short study CDN commissioned, the state and federal subsidies in 35% or close to 26,000 units, will be expiring. The legislation also says DHCD will come up with regulations on how developers will give notice of their intentions.

HB526/SB955 Angel Investor Tax Credit. This tax credit will help small and medium businesses with access to capital. It provides a tax credit for the investors up to $50,000 for their investments over $100,000 into an "innovation" business. This bill is in House Ways and Means Committee and will be heard in Senate Budget and Taxation in 2 weeks.
Capital Budget

ACTION NEEDED!  The Governor's 2018 budget includes cuts to critical programs. Please contact the members of the House Appr opriations Capital Budget Subcommittee here (scroll down) and the Senate Capital Budget Subcommittee here (scroll down) to tell them to keep these critical programs!

Governor's FY 2019 Budget
Community Legacy
$ 6 million
$10 million
SEED Community Anchor Institution Fund
$5 million
(as per HB1400 in 2016)
Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative
$3 million capital
$750,000 operating
$8 million
(as per HB686 in 2016)
National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund
$5 million capital
Maryland Affordable Housing Trust Fund
$1.25 million
Special funds
$5 million capital allocation
Strategic Demolition
$25 million for Baltimore City
$3.5million for the rest of the state
$25million for Baltimore City
$6million for the rest of the state
Shelter and Transitional Facilities Grant Program
(as per HB1476 in 2016)
Level funding

CDN Supports the budget allocations for the Maryland DHCD Division of Development Finance as outlined in the Governor's Budget, including funding for Homeownership Programs, Energy Programs, Partnership Rental Housing, Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Grant Program, Special Loan Program.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or thoughts on any of the items in this e-newsletter.  We want to hear from you!  

Odette Ramos
Executive Director
Community Development Network of Maryland

About CDN 


The Community Development Network of Maryland's purpose is to promote, strengthen and advocate for Maryland's community development industry which serves urban, rural and suburban communities across the state.


CDN is a statewide member organization made up of over 180 member organizations across the state. CDN represents the critically important nonprofit, small developer and community based organization members of the industry. 


Find out more on our website here.

Legislation CDN Supports


HB1548 Expand Project CORE. This is legislation for Baltimore City only. It expands the impactful program and funding until 2024. It would run out next year if not expanded. 


SB822/Hb659 Community Action Agencies. This legislation says that if Community Service Block Grant is cut at the federal level, the state will backfill. 


HB1007/SB883 Condo and HOA parity bill. This legislation works to ensure that provisions in the HOA law are also in the condo law.