March 2016 E-Newsletter

Upcoming Events

2016 Annual Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors!





AGM Financial Services
Ballard Spahr

Bozzuto Construction

CBP Constructors
Conifer Realty
Maryland DHCD
Gallagher, Evelius & Jones
Howard County Housing
Klein Hornig
Landex Corporation
Osprey Property Company
Pennrose Properties
PNC Bank
Quantum RE Management
Shelter Development
Southway Builders
SunTrust Bank


Baltimore Housing

Boston Capital

CHAI, Inc.

CL McCoy Framing

Conifer LeChase Construction

Delaware Valley Development Corp.

Green Street Housing

Grimm & Parker

Habitat America

Housing Trust of America

Hudson Housing Capital

Humphrey Management

Ingerman Management

Marks Thomas Architects

Natnl Fdn for Affordable Housing Solutions

Novogradac & Company



R4 Capital

Raymond James

Red Stone Equity Partners

Stavrou Companies

Victory Housing

Wells Fargo

Woori America Bank



AHC of Greater Baltimore

ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region

Episcopal Housing

HOC of Montgomery County

Interfaith Housing Alliance


Mission First Housing

Volunteers of America

2016 Board of Directors

Chickie Grayson, President

Ivy Carter, Vice President

Jonette Hahn, Treasurer

Kathleen Koch, Secretary

Eric Brown

Ed Delany

Jim French

Kim Fry

Phil Gibbs

Jeff Hettleman

Trudy McFall, Ex Officio

Michael Pitchford

Dave Raderman, Of Counsel

Peter Siegel

Corine Sheridan

Andrew Vincent

Jessica Zuniga

MAHC Staff

Miranda Darden-Willems
Executive Director

Want to Join the MAHC Board?

The Nominating Committee is accepting nominations from MAHC Members in good standing who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors for a minimum two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.  For more information or to be considered for the Board, contact Executive Director Miranda Darden-Willems. Nominations must be received by May 12, 2016.

Welcome New MAHC Members

  • A Step Forward
  • Devere Insulation
  • Lancaster Pollard
  • Morgan Keller Construction
  • Terry Green, Triad Housing Corp.
  • Julia Pierson, Cloudburst Consulting

Update From Annapolis:

Thanks to everyone who attended Housing Day in Annapolis! We had a great turnout and heard from our elected officials about their support for rental housing programs.  Our work is not done - we need to continue urging their support through emails and phone calls this week.  The Senate voted on the Capital Budget last week, and it did not include additional funds for RHW.  The House will vote on the Capital Budget on Wednesday and Thursday so please contact House Appropriations Committee members right away and urge them to add $15 Million to the Capital Budget for RHW before they vote this week!

The MAHC Legislative Committee has also been very active in monitoring bills and taking action on bills that impact our members.  MAHC testified in favor of HB 759 (the Home Act) and HB 1274 (a new Community Development Fund) and against SB 241 (regarding notice when converting a senior housing property to general occupancy), HB 243 (regarding decisions over land use actions), HB 1472 (the Fire Safety Construction Act), and SB 547 (regarding eligibility of ex-offenders to live in public housing).  We also provided testimony in support of RHW at DHCD's Budget hearings in both the House and Senate.  We will keep you informed as to how those bills fare as we move towards the end of session.

President's Perspective

Dear MAHC Members and Friends,

At this time of year, MAHC is focused on the legislature and the budget.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for Housing Day in Annapolis last month. Your participation was key to helping MAHC convince our Legislators that additional funds are needed for Rental Housing Works. During Housing Day we visited over 40 Senators and Delegates.  The Senate voted on the Capital Budget last week and did not increase funding for RHW.  The House Capital Budget Subcommittee will vote this week, so please email the House Capital Budget Subcommittee members and urge them to increase funding for RHW to $25 Million.  Our Executive Director and the Legislative Committee continue to monitor the budget negotiations and other proposed legislation being considered in Annapolis.  Please see above for more detail on the bills we have testified on this session.    

I look forward to seeing many of you at MAHC’s upcoming Members’ Breakfast with the Secretary Ken Holt event on April 21st in Annapolis, where we hope to be celebrating the end of the 2016 Legislative Session!    

                                                                                                                                       ~Chickie Grayson 

Join us for Breakfast with the Secretary

MAHC Members are invited to join us for our Spring membership event - a Breakfast with DHCD Secretary Ken Holt and his staff.  There will be plenty of time for networking followed by a short program where we will hear from DHCD staff about what's going on at the Department and what MAHC has been working on, and DHCD will present housing awards.  The event is going to take place on April 21, 2016 from 8:30am - 11:30am at the Double Tree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD.  Space is limited and registration is required, so please go HERE to register.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series Continues

For those who missed our last brown bag lunch, you can view the presentation by Ben Orr, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Economic Policy, HERE. Ben gave us a great overview of the State budget and what wiggle room is in this year's budget to add capital funds to programs like Rental Housing Works.  

This  month we'll be meeting at the Roger Carter Center in Ellicott City on March 23, 2016 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. to learn about the new Baltimore Regional Project Based Voucher Program.  This program is listed as an approved mobility program in DHCD's draft QAP, which means you would earn 4 points on a LIHTC application, so come find out more about it!  Go HERE to register to attend.

MAHC Camera: Housing Day

Thanks to everyone who attended Housing Day in Annapolis.  We had a great turnout and showed our Legislators that Affordable Housing Matters!

What's Going on at Maryland DHCD

  • DHCD has released the draft QAP and Guide for 2016.  They have extended the deadline to accept comments until March 25, 2016.   Please email your comments to  To view the draft QAP, Guide, and all other documents released by DHCD go HERE.

  • Are you on DHCD's email list?  They have a new software system for email distribution so if you don't receive their notices in your Inbox you can join their new list HERE.  
  • DHCD has issued a NOFA for Project Based Rental Assistance open to existing non-age restricted properties in their portfolio that want to provide additional units for persons with disabilities.  More details HERE

Other Housing Industry News

  • Baltimore County has entered into a Conciliation Agreement with HUD and will provide $30 Million over the next 10 years to create 1,000 new affordable housing units in designated areas of the County.  In addition, they will create a Mobility Counseling Program and Mobility Assistance Fund to assist families with locating expanded housing opportunities.  To read more about the agreement, activities they plan to undertake, and view the map of areas designated for new housing units, visit their site HERE.

  • The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition is now accepting applications for the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards.  Nominations are due by March 28, 2016 and winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington DC this June.  Visit their site for more information.

  • The National Council of Housing Market Analysts (NCHMA), will host its 2016 Spring Meeting in Baltimore, MD on April 19-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor.  Market analysts, appraisers, developers, equity and debt underwriters and other housing professionals will gather for discussions on emerging industry issues including new developments at FHA and HUD, the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule and emerging LIHTC allocation trends.  The event will also explore development finance opportunities and best practices for underwriting and market analysis. Learn more and register HERE.  MAHC members receive 10% off registration with promo code 16NSMMAHC.

  • Be sure to check MAHC's Job Posting Board HERE. Send jobs you would like posted to Miranda Darden-Willems.

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