Maryland receives $53.3 million from HUD to help the homeless

Maryland has received $53.3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help the homeless, the federal agency announced Friday. “Local communities in Maryland are on the front lines, working day in and day out to reduce homelessness,” Joe DeFelice, HUD’s Mid-Atlantic regional administrator, said in a statement. “I’m pleased we can bolster their efforts by renewing support to 143 existing programs and funding 20 new, promising projects.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County sites among 14 considered for new Chesapeake Bay bridge

Three Baltimore County options are among 14 being considered throughout the state for a future Chesapeake Bay crossing to help alleviate congestion on the Bay Bridge. Maps posted by Del. Robin Grammer on Facebook over the weekend show the possibilities being considered by state and federal officials as part of a study looking into a new link between the Eastern Shore and the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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After a months-long search, Baltimore's new police commissioner starts work Monday

On his first day on the job Monday, Baltimore’s new acting police commissioner, Michael Harrison, is expected to hear a host of concerns, including from a West Baltimore community about persistent drug dealing. At the first of nine community meet-and-greet events Monday evening, Franklintown Community Association President Beatrice Kondo hopes Harrison will address the the exchange of cash and drugs on the corners and a gas station on Forest Park Avenue that was once known for "pervasive illegal activity.” (Balt. Sun)

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Finish line ahead for Carroll County Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan

Carroll County could see its bicycle-pedestrian master plan draft go to a public hearing as soon as April. The Planning Commission accepted chapters of the document as early as January 2018, and after discussing Chapter 8 — implementation strategies — at this month’s meeting, were advised the Planning Department will present the final draft to move to a public hearing in two months. When it is done, it will serve as a guide for municipalities across Carroll to make their roads more bike- and pedestrian-friendly and better prepare the county to request grant funding, according to Planning Department Director Lynda Eisenberg. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Frederick city officials, staff, public talk affordable housing, possible solutions

More than a decade after legislation went into effect to help increase the city of Frederick’s affordable housing stock, residents are still struggling to rent and own homes. Officials set a workshop last week to go over the details of a proposed change to the the city’s moderately priced dwelling unit, or MPDU, ordinance, but talks expanded into a broader discussion of affordable housing in the city, with the workshop lasting about two hours. Enacted in 2008, the city’s MPDU ordinance requires that 12.5 percent of units in all proposed residential projects with 25 or more planned homes be moderately priced and offered for sale or rent to income-eligible people. (News-Post)

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Pence Visits Baltimore To Thank CBP Agents, Defend Immigration Goals

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Port of Baltimore on Friday to thank U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and defend the administration's immigration goals. "It is remarkable to think about how long the port of Baltimore has played a role in this nation... and it continues to play a vital role in the commerce of our nation today," Pence said. Prior to his speech, Pence was briefed by officials from the CBP and its Baltimore field office and was shown some of the methods officers use to scan shipments, including scanners and K9 unit. (WBAL)

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Man arrested in Frederick Douglass High School shooting also charged in November homicide

A 25-year-old man charged in Friday’s shooting at Frederick Douglass High School has also been charged in connection with a homicide last November, according to the Baltimore Police Department. Neil Davis was charged with attempted first-degree murder and firearm violations in Friday’s shooting, which left a 56-year-old school employee in serious condition. Davis had already been in detectives’ sights before the Douglass shooting, and he was also linked to the killing Nov. 10 of Darelle Yancey, according to police. Yancey, 25, was shot and killed in the 4600 block of York Road, police said. (Balt. Sun)

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Will state group studying poverty recognize rural issues?

Around three years ago, Tommy Downs and his fiancé faced a problem. He was becoming a full-time student. She had a full-time job. Both opportunities were in Frederick. They lived in Thurmont and did not own a car. The 16 miles between the two towns — a route traveled without thought by hundreds of commuters each day — can become a barrier for those struggling to make ends meet. Living in rural areas is an opportunity cost, the 29-year-old said. (News-Post)

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