Silver Spring, MD, March 2022 – Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), a non-profit developer of affordable housing in Montgomery County, MD, was recently awarded a $150,000 Housing for Everyone grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. MHP is one of 33 organizations selected from more than 357 applicants to receive a Housing for Everyone grant as part of the TD Charitable Foundation’s annual grant program helping to provide affordable housing since 2005.
The grant will support the expansion of MHP’s work to help unemployed and underemployed residents secure new careers and better paying jobs by creating the infrastructure necessary to make workforce development a permanent component of MHP’s mission. Building on existing community partnerships, trusted relationships with small business owners and residents, and ongoing neighborhood revitalization efforts, MHP will scale existing activities to grow a focused workforce development program that incorporates residents’ feedback. MHP will expand current outreach activities to launch a comprehensive systemic workforce development program designed to ensure long-term housing stability. With the efforts of MHP’s existing outreach team, MHP will bring a large-scale workforce development program directly to its residents across Montgomery County and in Southeast Washington, DC.
Many of the more than 4000 residents MHP serves are at risk of falling, or have fallen, through the cracks as they struggle to navigate systems, face racialized assistance programs, and/or lack the technology to locate employment opportunities. These underserved individuals, already vulnerable to economic downturns, have been placed at greater risk to income and housing stability in the wake of the pandemic. At the onset of the pandemic, MHP launched a community outreach team to assess the needs of our residents. Repeatedly staff heard that residents had tried several times to connect with assistance programs and economic supports only to give up when they met with no response. As a result, MHP began providing workforce development and navigation assistance, helping to increase the economic well-being and overall stability of our residents.
“We are incredibly grateful to the TD Charitable Foundation for their support of MHP’s expanded place-based workforce development initiative. We look forward to working together to ensure unemployed and underemployed residents of our affordable housing properties have the tools to secure new careers and increased income, especially as many of our residents have been the most vulnerable to the economic fall-out of the pandemic,” said Robert Goldman, MHP President.
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