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Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) Resource Guide

The Victim Services Subcommittee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) has compiled a resource directory to assist state agencies, providers, and members of the public in serving victims of trafficking. The following directory is a list of organizations and agencies that are actively involved in either victim services or public awareness activities to address human trafficking in Maryland. For more information on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force please visit: www.mdhumantrafficking.org

 

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September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.
Check out these and other hunger facts on the Maryland Hunger Solutions website, and be sure to support these programs that provide meals, grocery delivery and emergency food to our neighbors.
  • Despite living in one of the wealthiest states in the country, many Marylanders struggle with hunger.
  • In the wealthiest state in the country, one in eight households faces a constant struggle against hunger.
  • Nearly 21 percent of households with children struggle to obtain enough food to provide regular, healthy meals for their family.
  • Nearly 10 percent of Marylanders live below the poverty line.

Property Taxes – Homeowners Tax Credit Deadline Extended to September 15, 2017

The Homeowners Property Tax Credit provides tax relief based on income and age. This valuable state and county program requires an annual application and has been historically under-subscribed. The deadline to apply this year has been extended to Friday, September 15, 2017. Click here to download the HTC-60 form or to get more information.  

Property tax bills for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 are available for viewing online via this page on the Montgomery County government web site. Property tax bills are determined by the assessment (updated every three years) times the tax rate. State, County and Municipal property taxes all appear on the same bill. County property tax rates are set by the County Council, State property tax rates are set by the Board of Public Works and municipal tax rates are set by municipal governments.

Free Vaccinations Offered at Health Clinics for Students Entering Seventh Grade

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Montgomery County health officials urge parents or guardians of students entering seventh grade to show proof their student is vaccinated against Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal meningitis (MCV4) prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Students not in compliance with Maryland vaccination requirements are excluded from attending school until they provide documentation of the required Tdap and MCV immunizations. The requirements are in place throughout the State of Maryland.

Free Tdap and MCV4 immunizations will be offered to incoming students at the following locations:

School Health Services Center
4910 Macon Road, Rockville
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
Tuesdays
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Germantown Health Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd floor, Germantown
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Health Center
8630 Fenton Street, 10th floor, Silver Spring
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A copy of the child’s immunization record must be presented to staff to receive vaccinations. For more information on immunizations, call the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Immunization Program at 240-777-1050 or School Health Services at 240-777-1550.

Addressing Food Security in Your Afterschool and Summer Learning Program

Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.
Students or staff might ask themselves on any given day:
  1.  Did I eat?
  2.  Did I have enough to eat?
  3.  What would I like to eat?
Increasingly, students rely on school cafeteria food for food security. Many in our programs eat breakfast, lunch and a snack or meal during our care; many have nothing to eat when they go home. We have opportunities to play a vital role in the food security of the students we serve.

This article, originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of AfterSchool Today magazine, offers insight and ways to adapt your role in students’ food security to help them achieve the goals and vision your program has identified to help address community needs.

Ride On’s annual Give & Ride food drive campaign will run April 23-29!

Give non-perishable food items onboard Ride On from Sunday, April 23 – Saturday April 29, 2017.  Help the Hungry  and Ride FREE!

Help us help the hungry in Montgomery County. Our County is among the wealthiest in the nation, yet 16.3% of the children in the County are food insecure, more than any other county in Maryland.Food donations will be collected on all buses. Receive a free ride each time you donate. More importantly, help us feed the hungry in our community. All donations go to Manna Food and needy area families, including the disabled, seniors and the working poor. To show our thanks, you ride free with a donation.  

Tax-Aide Program

Free income tax preparation is available at MCPL locations by trained volunteers for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers — especially seniors 60 and over. Call 240-777-2577, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm to make an appointment starting January 30, 2017.   The RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program also offers appointments  online.
  • Chevy Chase: Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Gaithersburg: Wednesdays, February 8 – April 12, 2017
  • Germantown: Mondays, February 6 – April 17, 2017
  • Kensington Park: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Long Branch: Wednesdays and Saturdays, February 8 – April 15, 2017
  • Olney : Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Poolesville: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017
  • Twinbrook: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017
 

Community Tax Aid

Walk-in service only; no appointments; first come, first served.  For individuals with no more than $35,000 in income and families with no more than $52,000.

Maryland Eviction Procedure

Eviction is a legal procedure. To evict you, a Maryland landlord must go to district court to get a judgment against you. If he gets one, the court will issue an order of eviction and a sheriff will make you leave the home. A landlord who moves a tenant’s belongings out of the home, changes the locks, or cuts off utilities without a court order may be criminally prosecuted and liable for damages. If this happens, tenants should call the police and an attorney or legal services organization.

Montgomery County Police, Non-Emergency: (301) 279-8000

The Montgomery County Emergency Eviction Prevention service provides assistance to evicted families. For help or more information, contact 240-777-3075.

Food Supplement Program/SNAP/Food Stamps

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.

SNAP benefits supplements the grocery budget for low income families and individuals. Many people who receive Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) and Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) are also eligible to receive Food Stamps. To see if you meet the eligibility requirements for Maryland’s Food Supplement Program (FSP), click here

June is Great Outdoors Month

Montgomery County is home to an array of beautiful parks and recreation centers that provide the perfect setting for outdoor activities. Healthy living activities and programs accessible to Montgomery County youth and adults include weekly farmers markets, educational and athletic day camps for children, sports programs, and easy access to local parks such as the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Being active and spending time outdoors are key elements of living a healthy lifestyle. These services and activities are available to Montgomery County residents of all ages. Access to these programs and centers may vary seasonally. Visit the Montgomery County Parks and Trails Directory for park locations and activities.

For more information, contact the Montgomery County Recreation department at 240-777-6840.


FYI-Programs in our Community

So What Else: Taste and Wellness Curricula provides a variety of programs to students in the county to teach them about the many different ways they can get outside, get active, and stay healthy.

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