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Department Partnerships Serve Prince George’s County Residents
At the Department of Housing and Community Development, we strive to help Maryland citizens live as well as possible in homes that provide a comfortable and safe place for their families. The department is proud to share this mission with many other organizations in Maryland. On June 29, the department partnered with the Prince George’s County government, Housing Initiative Partnership and Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland to host an event to inform county residents of the programs available to them.
The home restoration event, held at the Prince George’s Ballroom in Kentland, was full to capacity days ahead of the event, with 250 people registered. Jack Daniels, the department’s Deputy Director of Special Loan Programs, discussed the services available through Maryland WholeHome, including repairs, accessibility aids for the disabled, lead reduction and plumbing upgrades. Senior Program Manager for Housing and Building Energy Programs Colin Choney followed up by discussing the department’s various energy offerings, such as the EmPOWER Maryland Low Income Energy Efficiency Program.
The partner organizations for the event share many of the same goals as the department, which was evident in their presentations. Housing Initiative Partnership Deputy Director Stephanie Proestel discussed her group’s work with multifamily and single-family initiatives, including an opportunity for Kentland Community residents to apply to receive one of 25 grants for front-facing facade improvements. Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland’s Director of Programs Sarah Reddinger let attendees know of upcoming home buying opportunities, along with their own weatherization and home repair initiatives.
With these partnerships in place, Maryland residents have more opportunities than ever before to receive assistance for these types of services. These ties serve to support and encourage people who may not otherwise be able to afford necessary work for their homes.
Because of the popularity of this event, an additional home restoration event will be held July 7. To register and for more information, call the Housing Initiative Partnership at 301-699-3835.