Kent Attainable Housing’s request to be reviewed by Senate Appropriations Committee

CHESTERTOWN — The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has received Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen’s request for federal funds in support of Kent Attainable Housing in the fiscal year 2025 appropriations cycle.

The ask is just north of $2.291 million for construction of new affordable housing for families with incomes between 30% and 80% of the area median income.


In a news release, KAH Executive Director Kate Van Name said the project aims to improve and promote affordable housing development in Chestertown’s Prospect Street neighborhood, Butlertown, Millington, Kennedyville and Rock Hall.

“This initiative targets the rehabilitation and construction of single-family homes, removal of blight, and community planning to provide affordable housing options for hardworking, limited-income families and to enhance the livability and economic vitality of these neighborhoods,” Van Name said in the June 6 news release.

Van Name said the submission of KAH’s request to the Appropriations Committee is a key funding milestone for addressing affordable housing needs in Kent County.

High housing costs are a huge challenge for potential homeowners nationwide.

“Many potential homebuyers are priced out of the market by high prices and interest rates,” Van Name said in the news release. “However, with careful financial planning, debt management, and credit repair paired with increased affordable single-family construction, we can begin to lift Kent County families out of this crisis. We look forward to this project’s positive impact on our community.”

The next stage involves a thorough review by the Appropriations Committee, which will audit the details of all submitted requests and determine eligibility and funding decisions.

The committee will publish the list of projects included in the draft bills ahead of their scheduled mark-ups.

Kent Attainable Housing will receive further notification once the Appropriations Committee’s review is complete.

In a written statement, Kent Attainable Housing board Chairman Taylor Frey said: “We are committed to ensuring that our families in Kent County have access to affordable housing. This project is a testament to the power of community support and collaboration, and we are thankful for the ongoing backing from our local partners and leaders.”

The Kent County Commissioners, Town of Chestertown, Kent County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Kent County and Mid-Shore Community Foundation Inc. wrote letters of support for KAH’s application.

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In March, Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Cardin announced $810,000 in direct federal funding for Kent Attainable Housing’s project titled “Rural Community Revitalization through Affordable Housing.”

In addition to constructing housing units for first-time homebuyers, the program provides financial literacy and support services to help residents budget and establish good credit.

The allocation to Kent Attainable Housing was part of $32,537,200 in direct federal funding for local projects across the Eastern Shore within the six-bill package of fiscal year 2024 funding bills passed by the Senate on March 8.

According to a March 14 news release from Cardin’s office, the funds, included at the request Sens. Cardin and Van Hollen, support projects encompassing a wide array of local and regional priorities for Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties — ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community development.

Overall, Cardin and Van Hollen included more than $160 million in federal dollars directly for Maryland within the legislation.

President Biden signed the measure into law on March 9, averting a partial government shutdown.

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