May 10, 2022 – NEW Opportunity Portal available for employment and contracting opportunities

All contractors, subcontractors, Section 3 Workers, and business concerns are able to register and the use the opportunity portal to search for contracts, employment positions, and businesses. An account is not needed to search for opportunities but is required to upload resumes, job openings, etc. The opportunity portal link and How-to-Use guides are available in the resources section on our Section 3 Program page.

May 5, 2022 – Jane Frazier Village

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved in the incident that occurred by Jane Frazier Village. There will be grief counselors from Villa Maria counseling services at the Jane Frazier Community Room on Monday, May 9th from 1-4 PM, to talk with any resident of Jane Frazier Village impacted by the incident that occurred Wednesday, May 4th.

May 2, 2022 – Apply for an apprenticeship for a plumber/ steam fitter

Local 489 is accepting applications for Plumber/ Steam fitter apprenticeships now through May 27, 2022. Applicant information.

May 2, 2022 – Online Job Workshops are Announced for May & YMCA hosts Financial Awareness Workshops

The Maryland Department of Labor and American Job Centers are offering free online educational workshops. Registration is required in advance. For more information on how to register and when classes are available please click here. The YMCA is hosting Financial Awareness Workshops. Click here for dates and how to register.

April 11, 2022 – Fairfield Inn hosts Job Event this Thursday, April 14, 2022

Fairfield Inn located at 21 N. Wineow Street, Cumberland, MD, will have free haircuts and clothing for job interviews. There will be on spot interviews from local business including Rocky Gap Casino, Webstaurant Store, and more! The event starts at 10am and runs until 2pm.

April 1, 2022 – NEW Section 3 Program Effective

Cumberland Housing Group has revised their Section 3 Policy and Procedures to be in compliance with 24 CFR 75. All businesses that plan on participating in contracting opportunities with our agency will need to review our Section 3 Program page and documents to know their responsibilities. Information for businesses and workers can be found here.

March 29, 2022 – Online Job Workshops are Announced for April

Did you miss the classes in March? Now is your chance to register for April! The Maryland Department of Labor and American Job Centers are offering online educational workshops that are free to the public. Registration is required in advance. More information on how to register and when classes are available here or you can visit Allegany HRDC’s Facebook page.

February 23, 2022 – Online Job Workshops are Announced for March (Updated)

The Maryland Department of Labor and American Job Centers are offering online educational workshops that are free to the public. Registration is required in advance. More information on how to register and when classes is available here or you can visit Allegany HRDC’s Facebook page.

January 27, 2022 – Online Job Workshops are Announced for February  

As part of our Section 3 Compliance, we like to keep our residents up to date on job readiness classes. The Maryland Department of Labor and American Job Centers are offering online educational workshops that are free to the public. Registration is required in advance. For more information on how to register and when classes are available please click here.

January 27, 2022 – Jane Frazier Village All Waiting Lists Open

As of 1/27/2022, the Waiting List for all bedroom size townhouses at Jane Frazier Village has been opened and we are now accepting applications for those units.  

April 1, 2022 – Rent and Utility Allowance Rate Schedule

The Housing Authority is required by HUD to annually review and adjust the flat rents and ceiling rents.  Flat rents are designed to mirror the HUD Fair Market Rents (FMR’s) for this area which are established annually by HUD based upon local rental amounts charged.  HUD does provide us an exemption which allows us to set our rates at 80% of HUD’s FMR’s for this area.  The Rent and Utility Allowance Rate Schedule was approved by the Board on January 19, 2022.  The Rate Schedule is posted in each development and can be viewed by clicking here.   You will be advised at your next Annual Re-Certification of what your new rent will be.

July 1, 2021 – Schedule of Resident Charges 

A revised Schedule of Resident Charges, Addendum D to the Residential Lease Agreement, has been approved by the Board of Commissioners on May 19, 2021 and will be effective as of July 1, 2021.  This schedule can be reviewed here or in any of our offices.  It will also be posted in our mid and high rise common areas.

April 1, 2021 – John F. Kennedy Homes Waiting List Closed

The application Waiting List for John F. Kennedy Homes has been closed effective April 1, 2021.  This is due to this development preparing for a substantial rehabilitation planned for the spring of 2022 which requires for a large amount of vacant units.  This waiting list is expected to reopen the end of 2023.

April 1, 2021 – RENOVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

The Public Housing development known as John F. Kennedy Homes will soon be receiving an extensive renovation.  This development began housing residents in 1967 and has provided affordable housing to thousands of individuals since opening.  With its close proximity to downtown Cumberland it provides convenient housing for those that lack personal transportation and within walking distance of most needed amenities.

John F. Kennedy Homes is an 100-unit HUD Public Housing Development located at 135 North Mechanic Street.  It is owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland which was established in 1949 as a Public Housing Agency under the Federal Housing Act of 1937.  The Cumberland Housing Group operates a total of eight developments including John F. Kennedy Homes comprising 494 residential apartments and town homes and has consistently maintained all of their developments at a standard which affords them the HUD designation of a High Performing Agency.

As a Public Housing Agency, the use of traditional forms of funding for performing modernization is not permitted and funding is limited to federal appropriations.  After decades of under funding housing developments across the nation, HUD has designed a rehabilitation option which transfers the ownership of the development to a nonprofit entity, permits the use of conventional funding and continues to provide long term affordable housing through the use of HUD funded rent subsidy. This option is known as RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration). Through RAD, housing authorities are able to substantially rehabilitate housing developments that are in need of renovations while preserving the rights of the families living there.

In 2015, the Housing Authority identified John F. Kennedy Homes as a candidate for RAD and filed an application with HUD which was approved in 2017.  The arduous planning and financial process began but the project was placed on a temporarily hold until another development completed the RAD conversion and renovation first.  In the spring of 2021, John F. Kennedy Homes was reactivated with plans, specifications and pricing completed and submitted to the funding agencies for review.  The items submitted have passed the first review and additional documents pertaining to financing are being submitted and reviewed at this point.   Upon approval of all construction and financing plans, ownership of John F. Kennedy Homes will be transferred and renamed to JFK Apartments, LP with agencies within the Cumberland Housing Group as general and managing partner and Stratford Capital Investments as its limited partner.  The development will be re-branded as JFK Apartments and will consist of 100 residential units including 90 1-bedroom units and 10 efficiencies which will include 10 physically accessible units that meet ADA standards. The modernization will provide new kitchens, bathrooms, wall covering, flooring, lighting, heating, air conditioning, new utility services, laundry and more.  The exterior façade of the buildings will be renovated including windows, doors, roofs, etc.

All tenants currently living at the development will move into the newly renovated town homes as construction is completed. JFK Apartments will continue to provide affordable housing for those whose gross family incomes are below 60% of the Cumberland/Allegany County Area Median Income of $60,800 and adjusted per family size.  In other words, a single person with a gross annual income of $30,240 or two people with a gross annual income of $34,560 per year are both considered low income qualified families.  Monthly rent is calculated on 30% of the adjusted gross income.

The total project cost is expected to exceed $24 million dollars and is being financed by or through the Maryland Community Development Administration (a division of the Department of Housing and Community Development), Stratford Capital Investments, 1st United Bank, and the Cumberland Housing Group.  The development team includes the Cumberland Housing Group as the developer and General Partner; The Belt Group as the general contractor; EADS Architects; East Hills Engineering; and the Chesapeake Community Advisors as development consultants.  We are anticipating that the major improvements to the development will begin in late summer 2022.

Sources and Uses of Funding – not yet completed