Health, Politics

Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force releases final report

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Monday released the final report of the Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force. The report, Confronting the COVID-19 Access to Justice Crisis, is the culmination of six months of work by members of the task force and includes 59 significant legislative and policy recommendations to help Marylanders recover from the …


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Governor Hogan: Maryland Department of Commerce to forgive $75 million in commercial emergency loan debt, state to fund $25 million in low-income housing tax credit projects

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday afternoon delivered an update on Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the state provided $75 million in emergency loans to Maryland businesses. On Thursday, Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Commerce to forgive the entire $75 million in emergency loan debt. The loans will be converted to grants, which will not …


Governor Hogan announces renewal of affordable housing program for Marylanders With disabilities

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced that the State of Maryland would renew its partnership with The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to implement the Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities initiative. This collaborative effort, overseen jointly by the Maryland Departments of Disabilities (MDOD), Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Health (MDH), will finance the creation of …

Baltimore County seeks input on community development needs

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County residents can now participate in an online survey that will allow citizens to express their views regarding the needs and conditions of the community in which they live or work. The Community Needs Survey will assist the county in identifying emerging trends and in establishing priorities for the use of federal funds to address the needs of …

Johnny Olszewski signs HOME Act into law [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski signed the HOME Act into law on Tuesday. The controversial Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act was passed earlier this month by a vote that, not surprisingly, went along party lines. The HOME Act, which Olszewski introduced in October, makes it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to a potential tenant based on …

Bevins receiving death threats, Marks issues statement

UPDATE: The HOME Act has been signed into law. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—In the wake of this week’s passage of the HOME Act, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins has reportedly been receiving death threats. Earlier this week, the Baltimore County Council passed the HOME Act, which will prevent landlords from discriminating against potential renters who use vouchers as a source …

Councilman Marks: Affordable housing agreement hits northeast Baltimore County the hardest

UPDATE: The HOME Act has been signed into law. Original story below… —— The following is an op-ed piece from Baltimore County Fifth District Councilman David Marks… On November 5th, the Baltimore County Council passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, on a party-line vote. I opposed this legislation, and here’s why. If this bill was simply about discrimination, …

Baltimore County Council approves HOME Act

UPDATE 3: The HOME Act has been signed into law. UPDATE 2: Read Councilman Marks’ op-ed piece on the HOME Act here. UPDATE: Councilman David Marks has issued a statement regarding the passing of the HOME Act. “Contrary to its name, this bill does not equalize housing opportunities,” said Marks. “Wealthy neighborhoods with no rentals will not be affected, while …