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Glass, Rice Introduce Special Appropriation for Arts & Humanities Orgs, Artists

Councilmembers Evan Glass and Craig Rice introduced a Special Appropriation to the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget that would provide $3 million in grants to organizations in the arts and humanities sector. Additionally, micro-grants totaling $325,000 will go to micro-grants … Continue reading Glass, Rice Introduce Special Appropriation for Arts & Humanities Orgs, Artists

Montgomery County Council passes bill to allow tenants to terminate lease

The council passed Bill 6-19, Landlord-Tenant Relations – Termination of Lease – Tenant Health and Safety, today. This bill requires that every rental lease allows the tenant to terminate the lease without any penalties if the landlord does not correct health and safety violations withint 30 days of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) orders them to. Some violations that would trigger this protection in a lease include: rodent or insect infestations, extensive or visible mold growth, lack of utilities, and pervasive and recurring water leaks. Click here to find out more. Continue reading Montgomery County Council passes bill to allow tenants to terminate lease

County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro release joint statement on Immigrant Support

Montgomery County values its diverse community that is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and nations. We want to assure our residents that the County will continue to be a welcoming community for all. Joint Statement from County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro on Immigrant Support The full statement can be viewed here. Continue reading County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro release joint statement on Immigrant Support

MoCo Council to vote on amendment allowing development in areas under moratorium

The Council is looking to vote on a resolution that would amend the 2016-2020 Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP), which placed a moratorium through 2020 on developing in certain parts of the county where public schools were at capacity. The amendment would now allow development in these areas if the development fixes or replaces a condemned or blighted property/structure or where 50% or more housing units would be considered affordable housing for families that earn 60% or less are area median income (AMI) (Council Coming Attractions). As of 2018, the AMI in MoCo was $117,200 for a family of four (MoCo … Continue reading MoCo Council to vote on amendment allowing development in areas under moratorium