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DHCD envisions a city of thriving neighborhoods with housing opportunities for people of all income levels in a wide variety of communities. To support this vision, the Office of Project Finance provides funding for the production of rental and for-sale housing opportunities in order to create decent, safe, and affordable housing for the citizens of Baltimore City.
Our Mission is to:
- Facilitate Baltimore’s revitalization
- Support real estate developers in efforts to finance projects
- Coordinate various City, State, and Federal agencies to meet deadlines
- Provide construction oversight to mitigate rework, cost, and delay
- Ensure compliance with all regulations applicable to our funding sources
DHCD coordinates several programs that provide funding to developers committed to providing affordable housing in Baltimore City:
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program
- Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
- Low Income Housing Tax Credits
- Project-based Voucher Program for Developers/Owners (managed by HABC)
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
The HOME Program provides rental and homeownership opportunities to low and very-low-income persons and families (as those terms are defined in the HOME Program regulations at 24 CFR Part 92) by increasing the stock of decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing.
In accordance with Baltimore City's Consolidated Plan, which is updated every five years, DHCD uses HOME Program funds as gap financing for the hard costs of construction in projects of five or more units. Funds are normally limited to $30,000 per unit. These limits may be exceeded, up to the HOME Program regulatory limits, for good reason and at the sole discretion of the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development. Rental projects and projects providing for-sale housing for income-eligible homebuyers are eligible and may be rehabilitation or new construction. Assistance will be structured on a flexible basis. Developments will be expected to repay HOME loans if superior debt allows and/or on a cash flow basis.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - All Developers
DHCD typically releases a NOFA funding round for housing and community development projects in the spring/summer of each year.
NEW for 2022 - Due to the limited availability of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (“HOME”) funds relative to existing commitments, the Department of Housing and Community Development will forgo an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for HOME funds ahead of the State’s 2022 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit round. Any funds not awarded to meet existing commitments will be awarded to the highest-scoring, unfunded project(s) from the prior Summer 2020 HOME NOFA round.
However, applicants to the State’s 2022 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit round are encouraged to contact the Department with a letter of support as part of their submission. This letter will indicate if a project is consistent with existing City priorities, plans, and objectives. Depending on the project’s eligibility, the letter may also reference other financing or support the City is able to offer at this time, such as Affordable Housing Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreements (PILOTs), Seller’s Notes, or below-market land transactions subject to the approval of the Board of Estimates. Applicants should contact Alexandra Hoffman, Director of Project Finance, regarding these requests or (443) 202-6385.
Community Housing Development Organizations
Subject to the availability of funds, proposals for HOME funding are accepted from Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO) on a continuing basis.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
CDBG, one of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) greatest success stories, is a HUD program designed to give local jurisdictions power to distribute federal funds directly to non-profit and public agencies that support housing and public-service programs. DHCD is the authorized representative for the City of Baltimore regarding the oversight and management of the CDBG Program.
Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
The LIHTC program gives State and local LIHTC-allocating agencies the authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted at lower-income households.
Project-based Voucher Program for Developers/Owners
The Housing Choice Voucher Program's Project-based program is managed by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and subsidizes units in HABC-owned and privately-owned properties throughout Baltimore.
Tenants residing in Project-based units pay 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities. The balance of their housing costs is paid by the program. Tenants in Project-based units are assisted as long as they live in the unit and continue to qualify for the program.