An important part of the work that we do is building and reinforcing a sense of community in the neighborhoods served by MHP. Each year, the Glenville Road Fall Festival provides a fun celebration featuring food, music, dancing, games, and arts and crafts (and of course, a spontaneous soccer game usually pops up too).
This year, we were pleased that a representative of Manna Food Center could join us to tell our families about Manna programs to help low-income families address food insecurity needs. It was an important reminder of the many strong partnerships MHP has in our community. Take a look at a video about the event by clicking on the image.
With your support, MHP is working to build a sense of belonging across the region. We are housing people, empowering families and strengthening neighborhoods. Thank you for your support of this important work!
Robert A. Goldman
Holiday Toy Drive Is Here!
Can you help put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children? MHP is gearing up for the annual Angels for Children holiday toy drive in partnership with the Wheaton Rescue Squad and the Wheaton/Kensington Chamber of Commerce.
Join us at a celebratory event to kick off the toy drive:
Wednesday, December 5 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Los Chorros Restaurant
2420 Blueridge Avenue, Wheaton
(Click on the image above to download a flyer about the event.)
Even if you can't join us for the kickoff, please consider getting involved. You can donate toys or funds to support the program. You also can sign up to help wrap gifts beginning December 15 and/or help out with gift delivery on Christmas Eve. Sign up here. SSL hours are available for wrapping sessions. A flyer on the toy drive is available here. Feel free to share it with co-workers, friends, neighbors and family.
Contact MHP's Charlotte Garvey, email@example.com, for more information.
Citi Community Development Helps
Boost Affordable Housing Access
With support from Citi Community Development, MHP will renovate Hillbrooke Towers, a transit-oriented housing development for 55 families in Silver Spring. Citi's valuable contribution, along with County and State funds and Federal low-income housing tax credits, will help keep the property affordable for the next 40 years. Citi's support also helps MHP move quickly to address the property's immediate deferred maintenance needs.
Over time, MHP will continue to make repairs and upgrades to address accessibility and modernization needs. MHP is grateful for our long-term collaboration with Citi Community Development to help preserve housing affordability for Montgomery County residents.
Another Successful Long Branch 5K
On a crisp November morning, MHP and the Long Branch Business League (LBBL) welcomed more than 70 runners, including Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart (far left) and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker to the 3rd annual Discover Long Branch 5K. Proceeds from the event will support arts and recreational programming for Long Branch youth and families. The 5K is part of a larger collaboration between MHP and the LBBL to build a stronger sense of community in the Long Branch area.
Apartment Assistance Program
MHP is resuming the Apartment Assistance Program (AAP), a free service funded by the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) that helps owners of small apartment buildings (2-50 units) increase the quality, safety, and sustainability of their properties.
One of key AAP program activities is an annual expo to connect small apartment owners and managers with free programs and services offered by the county in one place.
The expo, which was held in October, encourages owners to build relationships with each other and with other small business owners and contractors. “Finding a contractor you can count on and trust can be tough," says Eddy Campos, MHP's AAP Specialist. "The expo's purpose is to facilitate new relationships that will benefit these small owners and ultimately their properties. This improves the quality of life for the owner and their tenants.”
Vendors attending this year's expo included Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, WSSC, Fort Handy Man LLC, Yin Yan Clean and Property Management, GHM Janitorial Services LLC, and Montgomery County Green Bank.
Additional services available through AAP include seminars, technical assistance, a rehabilitation loan program, and access to a resource manual. For more information, contact Eddy Campos, 301-812-4147, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Dreams Tour
Have you seen the murals painted by MHP residents or heard about how MHP is making a positive impact on individuals, families, and the communities we serve? If not, join us for a Building Dreams Tour to learn more.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 5, noon to 1pm
WHERE: The Bonifant, 929 Bonifant St., Silver Spring
The one-hour tour includes visiting an MHP apartment, learning about the community spaces and services we provide, hearing inspiring stories from residents, and finding out about ways to get involved.
Check out MHP’s website for more information. Contact Jaimee Goodman at email@example.com or 301-812-4120 to RSVP or ask how MHP can customize a tour to fit your scheduling needs.