June/July 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

Real Property Research Group

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

2017 Board of Directors

Ivy Dench-Carter, President

Peter Siegel, Vice President

Jonette Hahn, Treasurer

Jessica Zuniga, Secretary

Tom Ayd

Eric Brown

Ed Delany

Jim French

Kim Fry

Phil Gibbs

Chickie Grayson, Ex Officio

Jeff Hettleman

Kathleen Koch

Michael Pitchford

Dave Raderman, Of Counsel

Corine Sheridan

Andrew Vincent

MAHC Staff

Miranda Darden-Willems
Executive Director

Welcome New MAHC Members

  • Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Asian-American Homeownership Counseling
  • A Step Forward
  • Devere Insulation
  • Lancaster Pollard
  • Morgan Keller Construction
  • TD Bank
  • Ayodeji Badaki, Housing Authority of Washington County
  • Terry Green, Triad Housing Corp.
  • Julia Pierson, Cloudburst Consulting
  • Richard McRae, Consultant


MAHC Board Members volunteer countless hours to lead and support our organization, and we could not be successful without their guidance and leadership.  We extend our sincere thanks to outgoing Board Member, and former President, Trudy McFall for her many years of dedication to MAHC.  During her tenure, many policies and procedures were put into place to help guide the organization, the RHW Program was created, and we hired our first full time Executive Director.  We also thank our outgoing President, Chickie Grayson, who's two year term ends in June, though she will remain on the Board as the Past President.  We welcome new Board Member Tom Ayd, a Partner at Green Street Housing, as well as our new Leadership Team for 2016/2017:

Ivy Dench-Carter, President
Peter Siegel, Vice President
Jonette Hahn, Treasurer
Jessica Zuniga, Secretary

President's Perspective

Dear MAHC Members and Friends,

Over the past two years, I have had the honor of serving as President of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition. I have followed in the footsteps of people for whom I have great admiration, and have striven to build on their good work. MAHC has had many accomplishments over the past two years - we forged a stronger relationship with the new leadership at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, celebrated our 15th anniversary, participated in the revisions of a new QAP, worked with the MD DHCD on a streamlined draw policy and closing costs guidelines, significantly increased our membership and sponsorships, and held more educational opportunities through our brown bag series. All of this work was accomplished through the very active MAHC committees and the able oversight of our executive director, Miranda Darden. Many thanks to the committee chairs, members and to Miranda for their service.

MAHC has a strong voice in the affordable housing industry, and we continue to grow stronger, speaking with a unified voice on the need for better programs for affordable housing. There will be many opportunities ahead to bring our knowledge and expertise to our work in Maryland. As practitioners in the development of affordable housing, we can turn our collective experiences into good, sound policy. I urge everyone to get involved and help make a difference in improving the delivery of quality affordable housing in Maryland. 

Congratulations to Ivy Carter on becoming the next President of MAHC.  I look forward to my continued involvement with MAHC and wish the leadership team much success in guiding the organization over the next few years. 

                                                                                                                         ~Chickie Grayson 



OCTOBER 19, 2016


Keynote Speaker: Bob Moss
CohnReznick National Director of Governmental Affairs

MAHC Camera: Maintenance Tech Training

The MAHC Property Management Committee has developed a great relationship with CCBC and has offered a customized hands-on training for Maintenance Tech staff for the last three years.  This year, staff from The ARC, CT Group, Habitat America, The Shelter Group, and Towner Management participated in the 5-week course designed especially for MAHC members.  

Congrats to the graduates of this year's program!

Upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Events

The brown bag lunch series continues on July 28, 2016.  We will meet in Columbia to talk about developing siting and barriers to developing in Communities of Opportunity.  We'll also hear about a local advocacy group's new marketing campaign to change perceptions about affordable housing.  On August 4, 2016 we're holding a special session at DHCD Headquarters in Lanham to review the changes to the LIHTC Application for the Fall 2016 Round.  Go to our CALENDAR PAGE to register for any of our upcoming events.

What's Going on at Maryland DHCD

  • DHCD issued the second draft of the QAP and Guide for 2016. Comments were due by June 27, 2016, and they plan to release the final draft by mid-July and hold a final Public Hearing at their Headquarters in Lanham on July 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  To view the draft QAP, Guide, and all other documents released by DHCD go HERE.  

  • DHCD has issued the draft allocation plan for the National Housing Trust Fund and will hold a series of public hearings the week of July 12, 2016 to accept final comments on the proposed use of funds in Maryland.  Go HERE to read the full notice and view the hearing dates.

  • The Maryland Affordable Housing Trust will hold its Round 40 grant competition this summer.  Applications will be available on their website beginning on July 15, 2016 and will be due on August 31, 2016.  Go HERE for more information. 

  • DHCD recently published two funding announcements.  The first is for $3.7 Million, available for the installation of energy conservation measures in multifamily buildings in BGE territories where at least 80% of tenants earn 60% AMI or below.  Priority will be given to master metered buildings and work must be completed by April 30, 2017.  Go HERE to review the announcement.  Also,  $250,000 is available for builder operator training, which also must be for properties in BGE service areas and completed by April 30, 2017.  Go HERE to review the announcement.

  • 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

  • Congratulations to Southway Builders on their 25th Anniversary and to Willy Moore who was recently named President!

  • The Community Development Network of Md (CDN) is conducting a Return on Investment Study to determine the housing and community development industry's economic impact across Maryland.  The survey is open through June 30, 2016 so please take a few moments to have your work counted!  The survey can be found HERE.

  • CohnReznick is holding their Fall Affordable Housing Conference in Philadelphia on September 20-21, 2016. Go HERE for more information or to register.

  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition just released their annual "Out of Reach" Report which shows that Maryland is the 5th most expensive state in the country to live in.  A Marylander has to earn $26.53 per hour (working 40 hours per week) to afford the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment.  Go HERE to read the full report.

  • 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.

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

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