Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Citizens Advisory Board highlights concerns about the County Housing Policy

After a series of discussions on the County's Housing Policy, the members of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board (WMCCAB) have written to County Executive Ike Leggett and Council President Roger Berliner highlighting areas of concern that they hope will be addressed in the upcoming revisions to the Policy.

Of particular importance to the WMCCAB is the coordination element within the Housing Policy, which seems a natural place to address changing needs.  They suggested that a revised Housing Policy could propose new mechanisms to ensure a consistent set of priorities guide affordable housing and homelessness programs and clarify each department’s role.

The WMCCAB also noted the importance of the County’s Housing First Initiative to provide permanent housing to prevent homelessness and address the problem of chronic homelessness.  Particularly among the medically-at-risk homeless, many housing experts agree permanent housing is essential to the long term success of medical, mental health and drug treatment services.

The January 31 letter is available online.

Lasko Manor, an example of permanent housing in Bethesda