Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Changes to Income Guidelines for County's Child Care Subsidy Program

Montgomery County Working Parents Assistance Program

The Working Parents Assistance Program has recently expanded the eligibility income guidelines to serve more parents and has increased the subsidy amounts issued to parents.
NEW Household Income Scale for the Montgomery County
Working Parents Assistance Program
Family Size
Minimum Income
Maximum Income

2
$24,278
$51,360

3
$29,991
$57,780

4
$35,703
$64,200

5
$41,415
$69,360

                6  or greater
$47,128
$74,520



Please call (240)777-1177 for more information.



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity - Open Houses & Training Sessions for Resource Navigators

Interested in fighting hunger in your community?

The VITA Program, in partnership with Maryland Hunger Solutions, is recruiting Resource Navigators to pre-screen VITA clients for food and nutrition programs.  Resource Navigators will link clients to various programs in their community.  Flexible hours at several VITA sites are available.  For more information, please call 240-777-1123 or e-mail VITA@montgomerycountymd.gov 


Upcoming Open Houses and Training Sessions for Resource Navigators:

TESS Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road Silver Spring, MD 20901

  • Open House: Monday, January 11, 2016, 6-7 PM
  • Training Session: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 6-8 PM


Family Services Inc., 620 E. Diamond Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20877

  • Open House: Friday, January 8, 2016, 6-7 PM
  • Training Session: Friday, February 5, 2016, 6-8 PM


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS: New Time Limit for the Food Supplement Program



Dec. 22 Update from Maryland Hunger Solutions:

Effective January 1, 2016, “able bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) can only receive FSP benefits for a maximum of 3 months in a 3 year period unless they are exempt or meet approved work, work training or volunteer requirements according to federal law. The time limit applies to residents of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington Counties, impacting an estimated 16,000 individuals statewide. 

Community groups and service providers are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the rules of the ABAWD time limit as well as possible exemptions. DHR will be mailing a letter to all affected recipients before the New Year. They have also created a screener, which partners are encouraged to use during the application process to help identify ABAWDS. Maryland Hunger Solutions will support DHR by directly contacting outreach workers and community based organizations in impacted communities.

For more information about the ABAWD policy change, please contact your local Department of Social Services or Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

TESS Center Helping to Reduce Waste by Offering Free Reusable Bags

The TESS Center is partnering with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection to offer FREE reusable bags to residents.  

Please call the TESS Center at 240-773-8260 for more information.

Press Release:

Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Helps Residents Reduce Waste and Litter by Offering Free Reusable Bags

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds residents to bring reusable bags when holiday shopping to help reduce waste and litter in the community. Reusable bags are not just for the grocery store -- they can be used when shopping at the mall, big box stores, or all other local businesses.

Plastic bags are one of the top four litter items found in County streams. Using eco-friendly bags when doing all shopping is a way for residents to help reduce the amount of waste generated and keep our local waterways clean. The County has one of the highest waste diversion rates (the combination of recycling rate and source reduction activities) in Maryland. The ongoing recycling efforts by residents, employees and others are essential for the County to meet its ambitious recycling goal.

DEP is working with partners to distribute free reusable bags to County residents. Pick up a free reusable shopping bag at the following locations:

Reusable bags are available at the following locations: 
County Public Libraries: Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Damascus, Davis, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Long Branch, Little Falls, Marilyn J. Praisner, Olney, Poolesville, Potomac, Quince Orchard, Rockville Memorial, Silver Spring, Wheaton, White Oak

Department of Health and Services offices:
Germantown, 12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd floor
Rockville Regional Office, 1301 Piccard Drive, 2nd floor
Silver Spring Regional Office, 8818 Georgia Avenue, 1st floor
TESS Community Service Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road 
Gaithersburg Neighborhood Opportunity Network, 200 Girard Street, Suite 203
Wheaton Neighborhood Opportunity Network, 12247 Georgia Avenue

Manna Food Center:
9311 Gaither Rd. Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Each location will distribute one bag per household while supplies last. Please contact the location ahead of time to guarantee availability. For more information about the reusable bag program call Leslie Wilcox at 240-777- 7780.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Jan. 5th: FREE VITA Program at TESS for Self-Employed Residents

Self-employed residents are invited to join the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for an information session at the Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center on January 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM to learn about filing their taxes.  

This event is FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please call 240-777-1123.



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

VITA Program Seeks SNAP Outreach Volunteers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, in partnership with Maryland Hunger Solutions, is now recruiting volunteers to provide outreach for food and nutrition programs.  Volunteers will pre-screen VITA clients to determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other programs that address hunger.  

For more information, please call 240-777-1123.


Friday, December 11, 2015

VITA Training on Jan. 5th for Self-Employed Tax Filers

The VITA Program will host a free training session about tax filing for self-employed individuals.  The session will be held at the Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center on January 5th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  For more information, please call 240-777-1123.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

White House Report Highlights Benefits of SNAP

The White House recently released a report highlighting the impact of SNAP benefits on food insecurity and poverty.  

A few key findings included in the report:


  • Nearly 1 in 7 American households experienced food insecurity in 2014.
  • SNAP benefits lifted at least 4.7 million people out of poverty in 2014.
  • Research shows that reducing food insecurity though SNAP leads to significant improvements in health and well-being for children and adults.
  • Despite the substantial impact of SNAP benefits on reducing hunger, many SNAP households still reported experiencing low or very low food food security in 2014.


To view the full report, please click HERE.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Report on Poverty in the United States

The AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity has released a report that outlines several strategies for reducing poverty in the United States.  Please click HERE to view the full report and HERE to view some key facts and statistics about poverty.