February 14, 2012
Side By Side's breakfast celebration and fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Community Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road. Guest speaker is Prince George's CountyExecutive Rushern Baker. A free breakfast will be provided by IHOP Laurel and a silent auction will be held during breakfast. Reservations are required by Feb. 27. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-710-5555. Auction proceeds and cash donations will help sustain and expand programs including Family Academy, an apartment homework club, community-wide tutoring, Spanish translation services in schools, a computer loan program and a new initiative, Great Start.
January 12, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing a $15 million increase in the state's program to help build affordable rental housing, saying the bump would leverage $285 million in private investment and create 1,100 jobs in Maryland. Surrounded by housing advocates, construction workers and local residents, O'Malley went to the site of a former public housing development in Annapolis to announce plans to double the state's investment in loans to developers to help spur rental housing construction.
December 15, 2011
The Havre de Grace city government once again finds itself wrongly in the position of acting as loan officer, bank board of directors and financier in a business matter. The Havre de Grace city government once again finds itself wrongly in the position of acting as loan officer, bank board of directors and financier in a business matter. Last week, the city council, with two members abstaining, voted, 3-1, to loan $100,000 to Mary Martin Ltd., which is a shop on Washington Street that deals in antique postcards and related paraphernalia.
December 7, 2011
A program that helps small businesses in Baltimore County to get loans will expand, with five new banks pledging to the fund, county officials announced Wednesday. With the new pledges, the Baltimore County Small Business Loan Partnership's fund will grow to $12.35 million, up from about $10 million, said Fronda Cohen, spokeswoman for the county's Economic Development Department. Businesses that are located in Baltimore County or planning to move there can get real estate and equipment loans from the program, which is a partnership between the private lenders and the county's Economic Development Department.
September 5, 2011
Help still is available for Marylanders at risk of losing their homes because they lost a job, their pay was cut or earnings reduced because of an illness. But time is running out. Homeowners facing foreclosure on their primary residence must get their applications into the state before 4 p.m. Sept. 16 to receive an interest-free, forgivable loan worth up to $50,000. The money is intended to help delinquent homeowners get current on housing payments and assist with future mortgage bills for as long as two years.
November 9, 2010
When Roy Miller couldn't afford to pay cash for furniture for his new Belair-Edison home last year, he didn't have to resort to a credit card or some other pricey form of borrowing. Instead, the 50-year-old housing counselor took advantage of a pilot lending program that provided a low-interest $1,000 loan and even paid him for salting away a little money in a separate account. "It's a good program. It's helping people to borrow and save," says Miller, who has repaid his loan.