This week CLPA highlights the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The DCHD is responsible for administering entitlement programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
There are two divisions of the DHCD:
Community Planning Development Division (CPD)- Responsible for administering federal entitlement programs designed to address the needs of low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents of Prince George's County. These programs include Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solution Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)
Housing Development Division- Responsible for administering the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. HOME provides "gap" financing for real estate developers to build affordable housing developments for families and individuals with income below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI);
Other programs the DCHD implements include:
Pathway to Purchase Home Buyer Assistance Program - Through this program, eligible homebuyers are provided down payment and closing cost assistance to purchase residential properties in the County that are for sale, foreclosed, or owner-occupied short-sale.
CDBG Single Family Homeowner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program - funding is provided to support rehabilitation loans to homeowners for repairs up to $60,000.
Neighborhood Stabilization/Conservation - Program provides funds for the acquisition and rehabilitation of single-family homes.
Prince George's County Housing Fair - This free event is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but each Spring, attendees learn about the home buying process and speak with industry experts to find out about the County's rental properties and senior properties.
Two other housing-related institutions in Prince George's County should be mentioned as their work often intersects. The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County (RDA), one of the County's largest developers, and the Prince George's County Housing Authority provide County residents with low to moderate incomes with safe, decent, and affordable housing. We hope to spotlight both of these institutions at a later time.
If you want more information or would like to contact the DCHD about their services, please visit this link.