Montgomery County Council Committee Meetings on Thursday, November 2

Per Montgomery County: “The Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m. to receive a briefing on the Community Health Needs Assessment and on the implementation of federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funding.

The members of the HHS Committee include Chair Gabe Albornoz and Councilmembers Dawn Luedtke and Laurie-Anne Sayles.The joint Education and Culture (EC) and HHS Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. to receive a briefing on early childhood education initiatives. The members of the EC Committee include Chair Will Jawando and Councilmembers Albornoz and Kristin Mink.

More detail on each agenda item is provided below.
Community Health Needs Assessment

Briefing: The HHS Committee will receive a briefing on the 2023 Healthy Montgomery Community Health Needs Assessment. Healthy Montgomery is the local community health improvement coalition for the County. The Community Health Needs Assessment is a multi-year initiative aimed at shaping public health policies, directing healthcare planning, allocating resources and facilitating collaboration among County government, community organizations and health care providers to address the identified health needs and disparities within the community.

The assessment enables County government and its stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of the health issues and priorities of the diverse populations in Montgomery County. The full report will be available to the public in late November on the Healthy Montgomery website.

Department of Health and Human Services implementation of Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding

Briefing: The HHS Committee will receive a briefing about the COVID Rental Relief Program and ERAP funding from representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). To date, DHHS has distributed $115 million in rental assistance and administrated the COVID Rent Relief Program using funds provided by the U.S. Treasury ERAP in direct allocations to the County and as a sub-grantee to the state of Maryland. DHHS is focusing the remaining Fiscal Year 2024 ARPA funds on eviction assistance and household stabilization services.

Early Childhood Education Initiatives

Briefing: The Joint EC and HHS Committee will receive a briefing about early childhood education initiatives. The meeting will include updates on the Early Care and Education Initiative, the Children’s Opportunity Alliance and Pillar I of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The committee may explore how these initiatives coordinate efforts and discuss how to ensure that resources are being used efficiently to achieve a comprehensive, coordinated and equitable early childhood education system.

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Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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