After the winter holidays typically is considered a "quiet" time of year. But as I look around at all that is going on with and at MHP, it seems to be anything but quiet.
You will get a sense of it by reading this newsletter: Long Branch community 5K in March; budget discussions and advocacy to grow financial support for affordable housing; residents meeting with County Council members; a workshop to connect apartment owners with valuable resources; students learning through hands-on science activities and performance workshops focused on civics and democracy.
We appreciate the essential support you provide to help our residents thrive. We hope you will find opportunities to connect with us in the busy months ahead -- join us for the Long Branch 5K or take a closer look at one of MHP's communities through a tour (information below).
Robert A. Goldman
Advocating For Affordable Housing
Budget deliberations affecting the future of affordable housing are underway. MHP is urging housing advocates to support expanded funding for Montgomery County's Housing Initiative Fund, an important source of money for the preservation and creation of affordable housing options. Learn more here.
Residents Meet With Councilmember Glass
Residents of The Bonifant, MHP's senior apartment building in Silver Spring, met with Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass to get an update on affordable housing and other policy priorities. Thank you to Councilmember Glass, a former MHP board member, for visiting.
MHP Golf Tournament: June 22
Mark your calendar! The 2020 Norman Christeller Golf Classic, an important source of support for MHP's Community Life student enrichment programs, will be Monday, June 22. Stay tuned for more details.
Students Enjoy Enrichment Programs
Civics and science lessons have been engaging elementary school students in the Great Achievers Toward Outstanding Results (GATOR) program at Pembridge Square.
The nonprofit Civic Circle brings civics alive, using music and drama to encourage students to celebrate civil discourse, media literacy, community service, and public leadership via assembly and after-school programs. Weekly workshops for GATOR students featured a performance of the show “Vote for Me!” The sessions included educational games about voting and a songwriting workshop in which the students composed an original song about voting. The program culminated with the students performing the song and another from the “Vote for Me!” assembly show for their parents.
First- and second-graders are exploring science concepts. They used kits to learn about how baleen whales feed, and the students connected that concept to how mechanical sweepers operate as they built their own model sweepers. Students also learned about constellations and the role the Earth's rotation plays in causing day, night and seasons. They created constellation lanterns as part of the lessons. Thank you to the Maryland State Department of Education and Montgomery County for supporting the GATOR program.
The Discover Long Branch community 5K run/walk is Sunday, March 22. Learn more here.
Building Dreams Tours 2020
Get a look inside MHP’s affordable apartment communities through a one-hour tour. Our next tour is March 27 at Pembridge Square in Wheaton.
For information, contact Raquelle Contreras, email@example.com, or go to the MHP website.
The 2020 Apartment Assistance Program (AAP) Building Trade Expo will provide many resources, connecting a variety of contractors with property owners and homeowners. The Expo also will feature government agencies and non-profit organizations that can offer help and potential financing for projects.
When: March 5, 2020, 6 – 8pm
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD
With the support of the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), MHP manages the AAP to help owners of small apartment properties improve and manage their properties to ensure safe, desirable homes that are affordable and attractive to households at varying income levels.
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.