From the Director/Executive Director:
FFY2011 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
FFY2011-2016 Consolidated Plan
The five year Consolidated Plan was approved in July, 2011. Click here to review.
FFY2012 Action Plan
The 2012 Federal Fiscal Year Annual Action Plan has been finalized.
Rental Housing Survey
Howard County Housing is pleased to present its 2012 Rental Housing Survey. The survey is a comprehensive assessment of the multi-family and licensed scattered site rental market in Howard County, detailing the availability, distribution and affordability of these units. Please click the link below:
2012 Rental Housing Survey - New
2013 Annual Public Housing Authority (PHA) Plan & Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Administrative Plan Revisions
Howard County Housing invites all interested citizens to attend this public hearing and provide your comments on the FFY2013 PHA Annul Action Plan. The PHA Plan serves as the yearly application for funding under the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Capital Fund Program. This document also serves as a plan of action for the Department to address local housing needs. The PHA Plan outlines policies and procedures for the administration of federal housing programs and examines local resources available to low- and moderate-income families. The HCV Administrative Plan outlines policies and procedures for the administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
This public hearing is a forum for Howard County citizens to provide input into the development of the PHA Plan and to comment on the proposed changes to the HCV Administrative Plan. In compliance with federal regulations for the PHA Plan, the Department of Housing’s FFY 2013 PHA Plan and the proposed changes to the HCV Administrative Plan are available for review beginning February 15, 2013 at all Howard County libraries and at Howard County Housing, 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., 3rd Floor, Columbia, MD 21046. These documents will also be available at the above link.
If you plan to testify, a written copy of your testimony should be provided at the hearing. If you cannot attend this hearing, written comments must be directed to Thomas P. Carbo, Director, Department of Housing or to Samuel Tucker, Chief of Rental Housing, at Howard County Housing, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD. 21046. Comments must be received by March 13, 2013.
A sign language interpreter will be available upon request by contacting our office at (410) 313-6336. A minimum of three (3) business days notice, prior to the hearing, is required to fulfill the request.
Analysis of Impediments
In 1995 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that entitlement communities- those communities that receive direct federal funding from Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership and Emergency Shelter Grant programs - conduct a study of existing barriers to housing choice. The required study is referred to as the "Analysis of Impediments (AI) and is part of entitlement communities' consolidated planning process.
The purpose of the AI is to examine how state and local laws and private, public and non-profit sector regulations, administrative policies, procedures, and practices impact the location, availability and accessibility of housing in a given area. The AI is more than just a fair housing review. Instead it looks at the current state of fair housing choice and identifies specific barriers that need to be addressed for future fair housing initiatives to be successful.
Howard County is a member of the Baltimore Regional Group (BRG), a body consisting of several local entitlement jurisdictions receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. As entitlement jurisdictions we commit to affirmatively further fair housing and conducting an AI to identify barriers to fair housing is the first step in satisfying this requirement.
The complete report will include both local and regional barriers to housing for Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County and encompasses the examination of the following:
- The sale and rental of both affordable and private housing;
- The administration of rental assistance;
- The financing of housing projects;
- The policies that affect the creation, expansion and preservation of housing;
- The policies and programs that affect community development, including outreach to minority, at-risk and financially fragile households; and
- The availability of affordable housing and the affect on minority concentration.
Please see Howard County's Notice along with the Regional Analysis of Impediments and Howard County's Report.