Third Draft of the MD DHCD LIHTC QAP and Guide Released Today

A new notice from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was released today. DHCD has released the third draft of the CY 2013 Maryland Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide (Guide). Click here to review the newest draft.

The IRS mandated public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in DHCD’s Main Conference Room, 1st floor, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland 21032.

DHCD has requested that comments or notice of intent to present oral comments at the public hearing should be sent electronically to TDA at with a copy to no later than 5:00 p.m. June 18, 2013.

For more information on the QAP or comments provided by the public, please visit TDAs website,

The State of School Segregation

Be it housing or schooling, segregation matters.

Segregated communities hinder education, limit access to networks and jobs, and lead to a lower quality of life when compared to integrated communities. This is the case even when controlling for wealth discrepancy.

And according to a recent article by the Afro, Maryland’s public schools system is currently one of the most segregated in the nation. Another article from the Washington Post,  marks Maryland as the sixth-most-segregated state in the country for black students.

In UCLA’s Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles report, entitled “Settle for Segregation or Strive for Diversity? A Defining Moment for Maryland’s Public Schools,” the article examines the status of school segregation trends in Maryland since the peak of desegregation in the 1980s. The report found that more than 50 percent of the state’s Black students attended schools with minority enrollment rates between 90 and 100 percent during the 2010-2011 school year, up from 33 percent in 1989. At the same time, 15 percent of black students and 14 percent of Latino students attended so-called “apartheid schools” across the nation while white students made up zero to 1 percent of the enrollment, up from 19.1 percent in 1989.

Segregation in public schools has been linked to a number of problems that play a role in the achievement of minorities. Racially segregated schools tend to be economically separated as well. Schools with a high number of students who live in poverty have higher dropout rates, fewer experienced teachers and far less resources than schools with majority middle- and upper-class students.

In the article, President of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Lezli Baskerville, notes that the effects of “less experienced teachers, higher teacher turnover, disparities in teaching materials, disparities in technology, disparities in facilities, and disparities in student teacher ratios – are deleterious” to our children.

The report, conducted by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, states that as one of 17 states in which there was historically intense segregation, Maryland made a modest effort to desegregate but then abandoned this effort. After the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, school districts across the state tried a number of ways to desegregate their schools, including mandatory busing in Prince George’s County, magnet schools in Montgomery County and a freedom of choice plan in Baltimore. Although districts made some progress in eliminating segregation in our schools, once the goal of decreasing segregation was forgotten, many schools in Maryland have once again reached historic levels of segregation.

CPHA’s Activate Your Inner Citizens: Briefing, Healthy Communities

How does housing relate to the health of our neighborhoods? How does affordable and accessible housing improve the health of our City? How do you take action?

Next week, CPHA will be hosting its annual Activate Your Inner Citizen: Briefing to begin addressing these questions. Come out and join your fellow citizens, elected officials, and expert panelists as we discuss what makes a healthy community and how we can take action. Housing choice will be a central topic of conversation and Carol Payne from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be joined by WBAL’s Jayne Miller;  Anne Palmer from the Center for a Liveable Future; Klaus Philipsen, president of ArchPlan; and Dr. Debra Furr-Holden from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The event is free. Doors and display tables open at 5:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

The event will be held on:

Wednesday, May 1st
630-8:00 pm
War Memorial Hall
101 N Gay St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

To register or send an advanced question for the discussion, click here or call CPHA at (410) 539-1369 x109 and ask to speak to Michael Snidal

Please see our flyer for more information.

Public Listening Post for DHCD’s Second QAP Draft – Tomorrow at DHCD Headquarters at 10 a.m.

As you may recall, the MD Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) stated that it would submit a revised draft of the CY 2013 Maryland Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide (Guide) – Revised Draft for Public Comment this month,  the updated draft was released earlier this week. These comments are available for your review by clicking here.

The Public Listening Post on the second QAP draft will be held tomorrow, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at DHCD’s headquarters which is located at:

Multifamily Housing Programs
Community Development Administration
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Community Place, 1st Floor Main Conference Room
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023

Please keep in mind, the deadline for Public Comment on the revised draft is now due May 3, 2013 at 5 p.m.  For more information about the process please see DHCD’s most recent notice


DHCD February 2013 Draft QAP’s Received Mixed Reviews from the Public – New Draft QAP Scheduled to Be Released in Two Weeks

BRHC was not the only group disappointed with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s recent CY 2013 Maryland Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide (Guide) – released in February 2013.  The comment submissions by Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, and the Maryland ABCD Network all shared similar sentiments with BRHC.  To see all comments and recommendations submitted to the MD DHCD, please see TDA’s website for a complete listing.

According to a notice released by MD DHCD on March 13, 2013 “Multifamily Housing Notice 13-03 — Updated Schedules – CY 2013 QAP and Guide and Round (2), the next Revised Draft of Maryland 2013 QAP and Guide are scheduled to be released for public comment the week of April 15, 2013.  The Public Listening Post on the Revised Draft is scheduled for Friday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The deadline for Public Comment on the revised draft released the week of April 15th is due week of April 29th (exactly two weeks after the April 2013 Draft is released).