With an unusual school year beginning shortly, rest assured we are working hard to make sure that students are equipped with tools for success no matter where the learning is happening. Each year, with your help, we provide more than 450 young students with brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies.
The looks of joy on their faces as they receive their backpacks is something to behold. Of course, this year, things will be different. We will distribute backpacks on a distanced basis to limit exposure. While students are expected to start the school year learning from home, they still will need the tools to help them succeed. In fact, they may need even more help because they will be outside the classroom setting with less access to resources.
Can you help us give these eager learners what they need? Thank you to those who already have contributed through financial support or on-line shopping. We are off to an excellent start, but we need more help to achieve our goals. Learn more about how to help here.
With great gratitude,
Robert A. Goldman
Cards Bring Smiles
Thanks to a beautiful project launched by the nonprofit Small Things Matter, residents at MHP's The Bonifant are receiving handmade cards. The 150 cards were created by about 20 young volunteers, and included messages of hope or other fun content, such as riddles. Lorena Ramirez, community manager at The Bonifant, said the cards will help address residents' feelings of isolation and loneliness as their outside interactions remain very limited due to COVID-19.
Small Things Matter says this project is so popular with its young volunteers that it will continue in the months ahead. Thank you for your acts of kindness!
Battling Food Insecurity
We are very grateful to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry program, which is providing a grant to MHP to address our residents' food insecurity issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their support, we will be provide grocery store gift cards to households in need.
Council Approves Special Funding
To Address Renters' COVID Challenges
At the request of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, the County Council approved a special appropriation of $20 million to provide rental assistance to those facing possible eviction due to the economic challenges of the pandemic. The money will come from the Coronavirus Relief Fund provided to the County through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This appropriation will support Montgomery County renters earning up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI ) who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and who are at risk of eviction and homelessness.
MHP is grateful to County leaders for working together to help protect our neighbors who are at risk. Learn more here.
Golf Tournament: New Format, New Date(s)
The 2020 Norman Christeller Golf Classic will be held the week of Sept. 21. The event is an important source of support for MHP's Community Life student enrichment programs. With the challenges of COVID, we are trying something new! We are developing a distanced format that will offer golfers multiple tee time options across several days to limit exposure. We are finalizing the details and will share them shortly. As in recent years, location for the Classic will be Hampshire Greens in Ashton.
Spirit of MHP Award:
COVID Outreach Team
We proudly recognize the members of MHP's COVID Outreach Team as the winners of the Spirit of MHP Award. Deploying empathy and compassion, the team, which includes several volunteers, has made a significant impact by reaching out to hundreds of MHP residents who are coping with challenges due to the pandemic. The team connects these residents with various resources to help resolve their problems, such as helping residents sign up for unemployment benefits, food assistance, rental assistance, and other services. Learn more.
MHP continues to work as part of a coalition of groups doing outreach to encourage 2020 Census participation in underrepresented communities in Montgomery County. In light of the COVID pandemic, the deadline to respond to the Census has been extended to Oct. 31. Learn more here.
MHP President Robert Goldman provides a deeper look into the organization's mission on Montgomery Community Media's "Studio 501c3" program, an interview show hosted by Kim Jones, executive director of Nonprofit Village. The program was launched to highlight the crucial work that nonprofit organizations are doing in Montomery County. Watch here.
For more than 30 years, MHP has created quality affordable homes in Montgomery County and the surrounding region. MHP has developed more than 2,100 affordable apartments, condos, and townhomes. We also work to enhance the vitality of the neighborhoods where affordable housing is located and offer Community Life Programs for the residents.