Public Information Request

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maryland's Public Information Act (PIA) allows citizen access to public records while protecting legitimate governmental interests and the privacy of individual citizens. Requests for information can be submitted using the form below.

DHCD has 10 working days to provide an initial response to any request. You will be notified if additional time is required to retrieve requested records and the Department has up to 30 days​, if needed, to produce records. The Department's initial response will advise if records exist, if there are any fees that will be associated with your request, and how you can make payment of the estimated fees, if any. If fees are assessed, the Department will produce the requested documents only after half of the estimated fee is received.

Department of Housing and Community Development Policy Regarding Proactive Disclosure of Public Records

Pursuant to § 4-201(c) of the Maryland Public Information Act, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) sets forth the following policy of proactive disclosure of public records for immediate inspection.

Subject to the best interests of DHCD, and to the extent that resources and current DHCD procedures allow, DHCD will post the following categories of public records on its website to facilitate public access to them:

  1. General DHCD Documents and Information, including but not limited to
    1. DHCD press releases and annual reports,
    2. Maryland Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Annual Reports, and other reports and publications the department is required to complete.
  2. DHCD program-specific documents and information, including but not limited to program application guidelines and forms, reports, compliance information, manuals and plans.

For more information on the PIA, visit Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General website​.

How to Make a PIA​ Request

Step 1: Gather the Items Needed for Your Request

Please provide specific details that will help identify the records that you are requesting, such as programs/project names, dates, type of documents, etc.  

Step 2: Identify the appropriate DHCD’s Division

To better direct your request and response, please select the proper division, or subject matter, of the documents you are seeking.  

  • Community Development Administration (CDA): The Community Development Administration provides bonds and financing through programs for neighborhood businesses, multifamily housing, single family housing, infrastructure, and others. Programs administered by CDA include the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, the Maryland Mortgage Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), the Weatherization Assistance Program, among others.
  • Neighborhood Revitalization (NR): Neighborhood Revitalization provides grants and loans that enhance existing neighborhood resources, support economic development, and supply public services and infrastructure. Programs in this division include the State Revitalization Programs, such as Project C.O.R.E., Community Legacy, Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, Strategic Demolition Fund, National Capital Strategic Economic Development Program, and SEED Community Development Anchor Institution Program.
  • Division of Finance and Administration (DFA): DFA oversees the financial management and central support services in the Department, including preparing and managing the Department's budgets, accounting for the Department’s expenditures and revenues, and coordinating the Department's procurement of goods and services from publishing solicitations to the processing of contract awards.
  • Division of Credit Assurance / Maryland Housing Fund (DCA): DCA is responsible for the Maryland Housing Fund and asset management for the housing and business loan portfolio of the Department. Asset Management involves monitoring and managing the Department's multifamily, single family, and small business portfolios and real estate assets.
  • Statewide Broadband/Connect Maryland: The mission of this office is to ensure that every Marylander has access to broadband services, regardless of their zip code. Through partnerships with local jurisdictions and the private sector, the Office offers funding and technical assistance to help entities qualify for federal financing opportunities.
  • Division of Homeless Solutions: This division is responsible for overseeing department and interagency strategy, policy, and initiatives to prevent and end homelessness. The Community Services Block Grant program is part of this division, as well as coordination with local Continuums of Care.

Step 3: Review Your Request

Please review your request before submitting the form.  

 PIA Request Form

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More Information

For any questions on how to fill the electronic PIA Request​, please email the custodian of records at ​​