Bello Machre received a $30,000 grant from the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) to be used for a Shelter in Place Project and an Expansion/Renovation Project. The grant funding will impact eight people served by Bello Machre funding two projects that will include a permanent emergency generator so vulnerable adults with developmental disabilities can shelter in place as well as help provide a kitchen renovation project at one of our homes. Dr. Robert T. Ireland, President and CEO commented, “We are so grateful to MAHT for this generous grant helping to make a dramatically safer living environment for the individuals whom we serve.”
MAHT is an important partner to Bello Machre and the community. This year, the Board of Trustees awarded $1.24 million to organizations throughout Maryland. “In the fiscal year 2014, the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust leveraged almost $11 million in funding for affordable housing through public/private partnerships. Providing support for Bello Machre is an example of our vital role in meeting the affordable housing needs of all Marylanders,” said Carol Richardson, Reporting and Compliance Manager with MAHT.
The Maryland General Assembly created the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) in 1992 to make affordable housing more available throughout the State of Maryland. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and staffed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. A portion of the interest generated by title company escrow provides the funding for MAHT. Its program objectives and activities promote affordable housing for households earning less than 50% of area or State wide median income by: funding capital costs of rental and ownership housing; providing financial assistance for nonprofit-developer capacity building; funding supportive services for occupants of affordable housing; and funding operating expenses of affordable housing developments.
Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. It is a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to enrich the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Many of the people served live in its 57 community homes located throughout Central Maryland. Bello Machre also provides help and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes. The Hertha and Jesse Adams Ray of Hope Program offers assistance with expenses such as specialized summer camp, physical therapy and adaptive equipment. Trained and caring staff also provides residential respite care, during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day – seven days a week. Bello Machre is there to help with whatever is needed, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.