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File #: 21-0173    Version: 0 Name: Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 11/15/2021 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program For the purpose of establishing the Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program; specifying the purpose of the Program; establishing eligibility criteria for the Program; specifying the assistance provided by the Program; defining certain terms; and generally relating to the Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program.
Sponsors: John T. Bullock, President Nicholas J. Mosby, Sharon Green Middleton, Robert Stokes, Sr., Danielle N. McCray, Mark Conway, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Eric T. Costello, Antonio Glover, Odette Ramos
Indexes: Baltimore City, Grants, Program, Repair
Attachments: 1. 21-0173~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0173, 3. 21-0173 Home Repairs P4DR Testimony, 4. 21-0173 Real Estate, 5. P4DR - 21-0173, 6. MOCFS 21-0173, 7. Finance 21-0173, 8. DHCD 21-0173, 9. 21-0173 Office of Recovery Programs_F, 10. FINAL BILL SYNOPSIS 21-0173, 11. Form - Hearing Notes - CC21-0172, CC21-0173 AND CC21-0174 (FIRST HEARING) - 2, 12. CC21-0173 ATTENDANCE SHEET, 13. COW'S ATTENDANCE SHEET - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2022, 14. COW'S ATTENDANCE SHEET - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022, 15. DHCD - 21-0173 Amendments Addendum, 16. COW'S ATTENDANCE SHEET - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2022, 17. COW'S ATTENDANCE SHEET - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2022, 18. COW'S ATTENDANCE SHEET - THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2022
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/25/20220 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/3/20220 Committee of the Whole Worksession  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/22/20220 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/22/20220 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/7/20220 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/7/20220 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/10/20220 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Recovery Programs  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Real Estate  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/20210 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/20210 Committee of the Whole Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/20210 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

 

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Bullock, President Mosby, Councilmembers Middleton, Stokes, McCray, Conway, Schleifer, Costello

                                                                                                                                                           

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

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Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program

For the purpose of establishing the Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program; specifying the purpose of the Program; establishing eligibility criteria for the Program; specifying the assistance provided by the Program; defining certain terms; and generally relating to the Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program.

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By adding

Article 13 - Housing and Urban Renewal

Section(s) 6D-1 through 6D-8, to be under the new subtitle designation,

“Subtitle 6D.  Baltimore City Home Repairs Program” 

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 13.  Housing and Urban Renewal

 

                     Subtitle 6D.  Baltimore City Home Repairs Program

 

§ 6D-1.  Definitions.

 

(a)                      In general.

 

In this subtitle, the following words have the meanings indicated.

 

(b)  Accessibility repair.

 

(1)  In general.

 

 

“Accessibility repair” means a home repair or improvement that allows an                                                                individual with a disability to move about the individual’s residence in a similar or less amount of time and with a similar or less amount of effort than would take an individual without a disability.

 

(2)                     Inclusions.

 

“Accessibility repair includes:

 

(i)                     constructing ramps;

 

(ii)                     widening doorways; and

 

(iii) modifying spaces to accommodate mobility aids.

 

(c)                     Department.

 

“Department” means the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

(d)                     Designated impact investment neighborhood.

 

“Designated Impact Investment Neighborhood” or “DIIN” means a neighborhood that has been identified by the Department as an area that:

 

(1)                     has historically been overlooked by investors and revitalization initiatives; and

 

(2)                     has assets that can provide a central focus for revitalization, including:

 

(i)                      public markets;

 

(ii)                      public space;

 

(iii) major transit corridors; and

 

(iv) emerging housing and commercial development activity.

 

(e)                     Emergency repair.

 

“Emergency repair” means any home repair that, if not made in a timely manner, will likely result in an immediate risk to the health and safety of the home’s residents or the residents of neighboring properties.

 

(f)                     General repair.

 

“General repair” means a home repair or improvement that is completed for an aesthetic or non-emergency reason.

 

(g)                     Individual with a disability.

 

“Individual with a disability” means an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.

 

(h)                     Mobile home repair.

 

“Mobile home repair” means a repair to a portable structure that is:

 

(1)                     at least 8 feet wide and 30 feet long;

 

(2)                     built on a permanent frame; and

 

(3)                     designed for use as a home when connected to required utilities.

 

(i)                     Principal residence.

 

“Principal residence” means the one location where an individual regularly resides and is the location designated by the individual for the legal purpose of voting, obtaining a driver's license, and filing income tax returns.

 

(j)                     Program.

 

“Program” means the Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program.

 

(k)                     Reverse mortgage.

 

“Reverse mortgage” means the home equity conversion mortgage products:

 

(1)                      authorized under 12 U.S.C. 1715Z-20;

 

(2)                     described in 24 C.F.R. parts 200 and 206; and

 

(3)                     described by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Federal Housing Authority Mortgagee Letters.

 

§ 6D-2.  Program established.

 

There is a Baltimore City Home Repairs Grant Program, administrated by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

§ 6D-3.  Purpose of subtitle.

 

The purpose of this subtitle is to revitalize and stabilize Baltimore’s neighborhoods by providing grants for home repairs to eligible Baltimore City homeowners.

 

§ 6D-4.  Eligibility.

 

A Baltimore City resident is eligible for the Program if the resident:

 

(1)                     has established a principal residence in Baltimore City for a period of 15 continuous years prior to June 30, 2022;

 

(2)                     has resided in Baltimore City for at least 15 continuous years before moving out of Baltimore City subsequent to a foreclosure, short sale, or deed in lieu of foreclosure on a home that:

 

(i)                     was the resident’s principal residence for those 15 years or was the resident’s principal residence when the individual moved out; and

 

(ii)                     was purchased or refinanced during the period beginning on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 30, 2008.

 

(3)                      has resided in a Designated Impact Investment Neighborhood for:

 

(i)                     a period of 10 continuous years prior to the resident’s submission of an application to the Program; or

 

(ii)                     a period of 10 continuous years before moving out of the DIIN subsequent to a foreclosure, short sale, or deed in lieu of foreclosure on a home that:

 

(A)  was the individual’s principal residence; and

 

(B)  was purchased or refinanced during the period beginning on

 January 1, 2001 and ending on December 30, 2008;

 

(4)                     has a household income at or below 80% of the City’s median income or less;

 

(5)                     is a participant in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Choice Voucher Program; or

 

(6)                     has an existing reverse mortgage on their home.

 

§ 6D-5.  Assistance provided.

 

(a)                     In general.

 

The Program will provide assistance to eligible residents, as described in § 6D-4 of this section, for:

 

(1)                     general repairs;

 

(2) accessibility repairs;

 

(3)                     emergency repairs; and

 

(4)                     mobile home repairs, if:

 

(i)                     the mobile home is located on a concrete or asphalt pad or a cinder block;

 

(ii)                     the mobile home’s axles have been removed;

 

(iii) the mobile home is not located on property owned by the owner of the mobile home; and

 

(iv) the mobile home repairs are emergency repairs.

 

(b)                     General repairs.

 

An applicant may receive a grant of up to $25,000 for general repairs.

 

(c)                     Accessibility repair.

 

An applicant may receive a grant of up to $10,000 in assistance for accessibility repairs.

 

(d)                     Emergency repair.

 

An applicant may receive a grant of up to $10,000 in assistance for an emergency repair.

 

(e)                     Mobile home repair.

 

An applicant may receive a grant of up to $10,000 in assistance for mobile home repairs.

 

§ 6D-6.  Prioritization.

 

To ensure that Program grants are distributed in an equitable manner, the Department shall prioritize applications:

 

(1)                     from an individual with a household income at or below 60% of the area median income;

 

(2)                     for home improvements to increase accessibility for elderly individuals or individuals with a disability;

 

(3)                     to eliminate health and safety issues;

 

(4)                     to correct Building Code, Fire Code, or Property Maintenance Code violations;

 

(5)                     to make homes energy efficient; and

 

(6)                     to improve the appearance of the property.

 

§ 6D-7.  Program funding.

 

Program funding shall be subject to an appropriation of funds in accordance with the City Charter.

 

§ 6D-8.  Rules and regulations.

 

Subject to Title 4 {“Administrative Procedure Act - Regulations”} of the City General Provisions Article, the Department shall adopt rules and regulations to carry out this subtitle.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted. It shall remain effective until November 30, 2024; and, immediately after that date, with no further action by the Mayor and City Council, this Ordinance will be abrogated and of no further effect.