Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last Day for Early Voting

October 30, 2014

TODAY is the last day for early voting in Maryland.  The polls will be open until 8 PM this evening at the County's nine early voting sites:

Activity Center Bohrer Park506 S. Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg MD 20877003MapPhoto
Damascus Rec Center25520 Oak Dr, Damascus MD 20872003MapPhoto
Germantown Rec Center18905 Kingsview Rd, Germantown MD 20874003MapPhoto
Jane Lawton Rec Center4301 Willow La, Chevy Chase MD 20815003MapPhoto
Marilyn J. Praisner Rec Ctr14906 Old Columbia Pik, Burtonsville MD 20866003MapPhoto
Mid-County Rec Center2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring MD 20906003MapPhoto
County Executive Office101 Monroe St, Rockville MD 20850003MapPhoto
Silver Spring Civic Building1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring MD 20910004MapPhoto
Wheaton Rec Center11711 Georgia Ave, Wheaton MD 20902002MapPhoto

Additional Information: Montgomery County Board of Elections 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  Polls will be open from 7 AM until 8 PM.

Additional Voting Resources

Request an absentee ballot:

In Maryland - Maryland Board of Elections

National - Long Distance Voter

Find your polling place and additional voting information:

In Maryland: Maryland Board of Elections

National: Get to the Polls


Study: The EITC and Healthy Eating Habits

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has released a study which finds that EITC-eligible families receiving a tax refund spend more on healthier food options in the months when most refunds are paid.  To view the full report, please click HERE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Coalition on Human Needs Press Release: 2013 Supplemental Measure of Poverty

Click HERE for full Census report.

U.S. Census Bureau News


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tonight: Education Forum on Equity and Achievement Gaps in Montgomery County Public Schools

TONIGHT: The Board of Education will host a candidates forum at 7:30 TONIGHT at the Silver Spring Civic Center.  The event will focus on closing the achievement gap in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Program: Click to see draft Forum Program

Parking: There is free parking in the Public Parking building across the street for anyone exiting after 7:00 pm. Take a ticket when you enter; however, the gates will be open when you leave.

Friday, October 10, 2014

TESS Center to Host Long Branch Community Day on October 25th

Community Action's Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center will host a Community Resources Day on Saturday, October 25th from 10 AM until 1 PM.  This FREE event will include information for residents about various services, including health, education, and recreation programs.  There will be live music and fun activities for children. 

The TESS Center is located at 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

County to Host Free Mental Health Workshop on Nov. 4th

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services' Asian American Health Initiative, in partnership with the African American Health Program and Latino Health Initiative, invites all community leaders to participate in a free training workshop as part of the Empowering Community Health Organizations (E.C.H.O.) Project 2015.  The workshop will be held on November 4th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building.  All participants must RSVP by October 29th.  Register online here or by calling (240)777-3421.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Talk Poverty - Understanding Poverty and Inequality

Click here to view the recent TalkPoverty interview with staff at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which advocates for policies to reduce poverty in Washington, DC.  The interview is part of the In Our Backyard series.


DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CLASP Summary of the Workforce Investment and Innovation Act

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has issued a new summary of the Workforce Investment and Innovation Act.  The new law will provide additional workforce development support for low-income adults and youth.  It will also provide additional support for adult education and literacy programs, including English language programs.

Full Report

In July 2014, the Workforce Investment and Innovation Act (WIOA)—passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress—was signed into law by President Obama.  WIOA is the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs  since the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) 16 years ago.  But a lot has changed since 1998—and our workforce system hasn’t kept up.  Low-skilled and low-income workers face more barriers than ever to securing an education and getting a good job.
The updated law reauthorizes the nation’s employment, training, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs created under WIA.  It improves connections to employment and training opportunities that lead to economic prosperity for workers and their families.  WIOA strengthens existing workforce development and adult education programs in four ways that can benefit adults and youth with barriers to economic success.
CLASP’s WIOA summary focuses on opportunities to improve services in select WIOA core programs: Title I, the primary source of federal workforce development funding to prepare low-income adults, youth, and dislocated workers for employment and to help them continue to build skills once they are employed; and Title II, the main source of federal adult education and literacy funding, including English language services.
The summary outlines how the law strengthens existing workforce development and adult education programs in four major ways that can benefit adults and youth with barriers to employment:
  1. Increases the focus on serving the most vulnerable workerslow-income adults and youth who have limited skills, lack work experience, and face other barriers to economic success;
  2. Expands education and training options to help participants access good jobs and advance in their careers;
  3. Helps disadvantaged and unemployed adults and youth earn while they learn through support services and effective employment-based activities; and
  4. Aligns planning and accountability policies across core programs to support more unified approaches to serving low-income, low-skilled individuals.
CLASP has long supported system-level reform through our Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, providing technical assistance to cross-system state policy teams through the Shifting Gears initiative, the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, our Youth Policy work, and as convener of the Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth Network.
To bring the aforementioned opportunities to fruition, policymakers, advocates, and practitioners must seize the opportunities available through WIOA; the changes won’t happen automatically.  WIOA both establishes new activities and requirements and codifies federal guidance and regulations that already exist.  Taken together, these changes create an opportunity to leverage systemic change across the currently disconnected education and training systems.  WIOA better enables states and local communities to seed and propel cross-systems approaches to tackle unemployment, low literacy, and low educational attainment among disconnected youth and low-skilled, low-income adults and parents.
A great deal of work remains to implement WIOA.  Federal regulations must be written, new planning and accountability processes must be put in place, and new performance metrics (such as the skills gain measure) must be defined.  CLASP strongly encourages the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor and other federal agencies to ensure that guidance maximizes opportunities for system alignment and cross-system continuous improvement processes to better serve youth and adults with barriers to employment.
Finally, it is state and local decision makers and their private sector and community partners who will determine what the real impact of the law will be on economic success for low-income people.  CLASP is eager to partner with states and communities to help them leverage opportunities created by WIOA to better address the needs of individuals with barriers to employment.
Technical Assistance
CLASP staff* is available to provide technical assistance to states and communities implementing WIOA into their states and local communities.
* For questions related to adult education, contact:
Marcie Foster, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.
For questions related to youth and young adults, contact:
Kisha Bird, Senior Policy Analyst, Youth Policy.
For questions related to performance and accountability, contact:
Evelyn Ganzglass, Senior Fellow, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success; or
Anna Cielinski, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.
For questions related to Title I: Adult, contact:
David Socolow, Director, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.
Resources from CLASP 
See CLASP’s WIOA summary, New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults, as well as our WIOA resource page, for additional resources for leaders and advocates in states and local communities implementing and expanding workforce systems, policies, and practices that are grounded in research and experience and improve the education and employability of low-income people, especially youth and adults who could most benefit from a more efficient system and tailored services.
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New Minimum Wage in Montgomery County

On October 1, 2014, the minimum wage in Montgomery County increased to $8.40/hour.  This is the first of four incremental increases which will occur over the course of the next three years:

October 1, 2015 - $9.55/hour
October 1, 2016 - $10.75/hour
October 1, 2017 - $11.50/hour

These increases are the result of collaborative efforts with Prince George's County and Washington, DC to raise the regional minimum wage.  The Montgomery County Community Action Board, joining a coalition of numerous advocacy groups, supported increasing the minimum wage and submitted written testimony to the County Council.  The Council signed Bill 27-13 into law on December 5, 2013.  

Press Release

Additional information for employers may be found here.