MHP Collecting Donations for Those Affected by Explosion/Fire in Gaithersburg Wednesday Morning

by MCS Staff

Gaithersburg mayor Jud Ashman informed the community of where they can donate to help the families impacted by this morning’s fire at Potomac Oaks in Gaithersburg. “Any amount helps and 100% of it will go to those families.” Ashman tweeted. A November 16 fire injured multiple residents, including four children, at a condominium complex at 826 Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg. Many people were evacuated with little or nothing and now are in temporary shelter. At the request of Montgomery County, MHP is collecting financial donations to help affected families.

Per MHP: While this is not an MHP property, we maintain close ties with the community through the many affordable housing properties we have developed in Montgomery County, and are playing a role by managing financial donations to help impacted residents. Anyone interested in donating may do so at this link.

About MHP: Making Home Possible (MHP) provides more than 2,600 quality affordable homes in Montgomery County and neighboring communities. Since 1989, MHP’s mission has been to preserve and expand access to quality affordable housing. In the summer of 1988, Reverend Lincoln “Lon” Dring, Executive Director of Community Ministry of Montgomery County (now known as Interfaith Works), and Peg McRory, a housing activist, gathered a number of friends and acquaintances together around Peg’s dining room table to search for solutions to the lack of affordable housing in Montgomery County. This small group decided to form a non-profit housing organization that could work with the local government and the community to address affordable housing issues.

In 1989, Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) was incorporated and shortly thereafter Norman Christeller, just retiring as chair of the Planning Board, agreed to serve as the first president. The first Board of Directors was chaired by Bill Murry and included members of the River Road Unitarian Church (RRUC) and prominent homebuilders Tony and Tom Natelli. In 1991, Norm moved to chair of the board and Tad Baldwin, a housing consultant was asked to become president. From 1990 to the present, MHP has continued its mission of expanding affordable housing with the acquisition of older run down multi-family buildings in Montgomery County, expanding into Hyattsville in Prince George’s County and in the District of Columbia. MHP acquires and rehabilitates these buildings and leases them to low- and moderate income families.


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Jane Nauman November 27, 2022 - 3:34 pm

We have household goods, furniture, and outerwear/coats to donate.


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