Grant Programs Summary
HUD Entitlement Community Program (CDBG)
Since 2003, the City of Bowie has been designated as an Entitlement Community, which allows the City to receive direct funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Office of Grant Development & Administration (OGDA) manages this program and uses the funds for projects throughout the City including street and infrastructure improvements in Old Town Bowie and housing upgrades and energy efficiency enhancements for senior citizens homes throughout the City.
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Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program is a federally funded grant program that provides financial assistance to single family homeowners with limited financial means. The purpose of the grant is to provide energy efficiency related upgrades and repairs to correct hazardous conditions, eliminate safety hazards, and repair or replace major systems.
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Senior Citizen "Green" Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Senior Citizen "Green" Housing Rehabilitation Program is a federally funded grant program that provides financial assistance to single family senior citizen homeowners with limited financial means. The purpose of the grant is to provide energy efficiency related upgrades and repairs to correct hazardous conditions, eliminate safety hazards, and repair or replace major systems.
Old Town Bowie - Employment & Employability Training Pilot
The City Council has approved a Workforce & Life Skills Development & Training Pilot program to help address employment and employability of youth and young adults between the ages of 15 to 25 years old in the Old Town Bowie Community.
A comprehensive approach will be implemented to look at the whole family to determine what services are needed to provide an environment conducive to an elevated quality of life for the family and the community. The program will be managed by the Office of Grant Development & Administration (OGDA).
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OGDA represents the City of Bowie as a member of the Prince George’s County Homeless Services Partnership (HSP), which is responsible for executing the goals and objectives outlined in the County’s 10-year Continuum of Care Plan to End Homelessness. HSP operates under the direction of the County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) and is responsible for the planning, day-to-day management, and overall operation of the County’s homeless services initiatives. DSS is responsible for the annual HUD-mandated Point-in-Time (PIT) count; a one-day survey and count of unsheltered homeless persons throughout the County.
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As an Entitlement Community with HUD, the City is required to “affirmatively further fair housing” by analyzing impediments to fair housing and to take other steps to remove and/or preclude barriers to fair housing, where possible. OGDA implements these requirements through a number of activities including training, counseling referrals, and information dissemination. Every year the City hosts a Fair Housing Symposium and Work Session on the rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
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Sustainable Community Action Plan
The Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 475: Sustainable Communities Act of 2010. The Act was passed to increase economic, transportation, and housing choices, as well as to improve environmental quality and health outcomes, among other locally identified goals.
Municipalities are required to become an approved Sustainable Community to be considered for certain State funds. In May 2012, the Maryland Smart Growth Subcabinet approved the City’s Sustainable Community Action Plan and designated it as a Sustainable Community.
Under this program, the City has designated six sites as target areas for development and revitalization:
- Old Town Bowie
- Pointer Ridge
- West Bowie Village
- Bowie Main Street
- Bowie Regional Center
The City encourages all developers to include affordable housing units in each development project. Without the proper zoning authority (zoning authority rests with the Prince George’s County Planning Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission), the City must rely on the statutes of the Fair Housing Act to “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” which includes the provision of supplying units for low and moderate income households. OGDA works with regional research entities, financial institutions, and advocacy groups to assess affordable housing needs and attempts to provide such units in each jurisdiction.
The Director of OGDA currently serves as the Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Housing Directors Advisory Committee and is a member of the Strategic Regional Affordable Housing Group.
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