With your support, we continue to make a big impact on our communities in these trying times. We are very proud that our COVID Outreach Team has been recognized with an award from the Community Development Network of Maryland for the assistance they are providing to families struggling to deal with COVID impacts, including wage reduction, job loss, the threat of eviction, and food insecurity.
We are partnering with the Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative and the African-American Health Program to bring free COVID testing directly to MHP. These and other initiatives are successful thanks to exciting partnerships with the government, community-based organizations, and nonprofits.
As I am sure you know too well, the challenging circumstances we are experiencing can lead to a sense of isolation. MHP is proud of the many partnerships we have forged to respond to our residents' needs. These collaborations make it clear: we are all in this together. Thanks to your ongoing commitment to MHP's mission, our residents know they are not alone.
Robert A. Goldman
MHP Advocates for
Expanded Rental Assistance
MHP supports Montgomery County's plan to seek additional funding for emergency rental support for residents struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19. In testimony to the Montgomery County Council, MHP President Robert Goldman said, “We appreciate the County Executive and County Council pursuing every available option to provide rental assistance to residents, and keeping every resident stably housed during this public health crisis.”
The County recently allocated $20 million for rental assistance for residents affected by COVID. The County also is working on a plan to allocate $4 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and is pursuing additional CDBG funds through the state of Maryland. Goldman described many residents’ ongoing financial distress, noting, “Despite all of the public and private resources that are available to our residents, many continue to be multiple months behind in their rent and will never be able to pay their back rent if not for outside assistance.”
Arcola Elementary School students in MHP's Great Achievers Toward Outstanding Results (GATOR) afterschool enrichment program studied Latinx achievers to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. They selected inspirational quotes and shared them via video. Check it out by clicking on the image below.
Spirit of MHP Award Winner:
Andrea Schorr is a committed nonprofit professional who works tirelessly to expand MHP's grant support, seeking new sources to fund programs to help MHP residents and projects, especially in the time of COVID. In addition to being MHP's grants manager, Andrea is a mentor, an advocate, and a teammate. She is latest winner of the Spirit of MHP award, a quarterly honor given by an MHP team to recognize a fellow staff member who has gone above and beyond to support MHP's mission. Learn more.
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 to provide opportunities for residents, including more than 350 school-aged children.