Governor Ehrlich Presents Community Development Grant Awards in Charles County

Nearly $400,000 in State assistance will fund a community center and substance abuse facility.

Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. presented nearly $400,000 in State assistance to the Bel Alton High School Alumni Association Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Jude House Inc., in a ceremony held today at the Bel Alton location off of Crain Highway South. Governor Ehrlich was joined by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Victor L. Hoskins and State and local elected officials.

“I am pleased to assist these two great establishments for their work in helping Maryland residents,” said Governor Ehrlich. “My Administration is committed to providing the resources to help enrich communities, by supporting neighborhood centers that conduct outreach to those who are in need.”

Governor Ehrlich presented a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award for $190,400 to the Bel Alton High School Alumni Association CDC to fund facility improvements. The community development center will operate a Head Start and Daycare program, state-of-the-art technology center, office automation center, adult education center, career center, business incubator and restaurant.

Governor Ehrlich also presented a CDBG award for $205,000 to Jude House, Inc., which will be used for much needed building renovations. Jude House currently operates as a substance abuse recovery center with the capacity to house 42 residents.

CDBG was created by Congress under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The primary objective is to develop viable communities, provide decent housing and a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

“Under the Ehrlich-Steele Administration, DHCD has provided millions of dollars throughout the State of Maryland to improve the quality of life for its residents,” said Secretary Hoskins. “With the Governor’s continued support and determination, we will continue to work to revitalize Maryland’s neighborhoods by allocating resources to local organizations committed to improving the lives of community residents.”

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Marylanders by working with its partners to revitalize communities and expand homeownership and affordable housing opportunities. To learn more about DHCD and its Neighborhood Revitalization programs, visit

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