Special Housing Needs Program Cited

November 20, 1990

The Community Development Administration, a division of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, has been named the 1990 winner of a Special Housing Needs competition among state housing finance agencies across the nation.

CDA's Group Home Acquisition Program was recognized with an engraved plaque from the National Council of State Housing Agencies at its annual conference recently in Atlanta. The award gives special recognition to state housing finance agencies involved with outstanding public purpose programs and projects.

CDA's Group Home Acquisition Program took top honors out of 21 entries in the Special Housing Needs category. A video highlighting four of Maryland's group homes was part of the winning entry.

GHAP provides loans to non-profit organizations and individuals to construct, to acquire and rehabilitate existing housing to serve as group homes and temporary or emergency shelters for low-income persons and households with special housing needs.

The state's group homes serve the physically or mentally handicapped, the homeless, the frail elderly, in addition to AIDS babies. Most of these people formerly lived in state institutions or with parents who no longer could care for them at home.

Since 1987 the Group Home Acquisition Program has received more than $13 million in state general funds appropriations. As of July 31, the program closed 97 loans totaling $10.9 million and provides housing for 367 low-income individuals and households with special housing needs.

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