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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.

Montgomery County’s Mid-County Regional Services Center moves to temporary locations

The building that has been home to the Montgomery County’s Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Dr. in Wheaton has been closed as part of the ongoing Wheaton revitalization project. However, the services that have been available from the center will operate from temporarily locations while awaiting moves to their respective future permanent locations. The former regional services center building will be demolished as part of project that will include construction of a new 14-story Montgomery County office building and an adjacent town square around the Wheaton Triangle business district. Businesses in the area are continuing to operate during the construction period. The new 308,000 square-foot, LEED platinum certified building is scheduled for completion in 2020. It will be the relocated home of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which has long been located in Downtown Silver Spring. It also will house the new Mid-County Regional Services office, several County departments and will have retail operations on its ground floor. The building is being constructed on the Parking Lot 13 site that is located between Grandview Avenue, Reedie Drive and Triangle Lane—an area between Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue. The Mid-County Regional Services office has been temporarily located to 11435 Grandview Ave. in Wheaton. That building was the former home of the Wheaton Fire Station. The office can be reached at 240-777-8101. Other services that were located in the Mid-County Service Center will be permanently relocating to the Westfield South Tower at 11002 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton beginning in January 2018. Those providers include Proyecto Salud, the Adult Behavioral Health program, Mid County United Ministries and the Gilchrist Center Immigrant Resource Center. Until then, the agencies have been temporarily relocated as follows:
  • Proyecto Salud: Has two temporary locations. Mobile units have been set up in the parking lot of the Ambassador Apartments at 2729 University Blvd. West in Wheaton. Information about the service can be obtained at 301-962-6173. The other temporary location is 18111 Prince Philip Dr., No. 132, in Olney. For information about that location, call 301-260-1074.
  • Adult Behavioral Health: Relocated to the former Broome School building at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. Information about the service is available at 240-777-1384.
  • Mid County United Ministries: Relocated to the former Broome School building at 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. Information about the service is available at 301-929-8675.
  • Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center: Relocated to Westfield North Building at 2730 University Blvd. West, Suite 220, in Wheaton.  Information about the center is available at 240-777-4940.
  • Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC) meetings will be held at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad at 2400 Arcola Ave. in Wheaton. The meetings will be held in the Green Room on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board (MCCAB) meetings will be held at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center at 2004 Queensguard Rd. in Silver Spring. The meetings will be held in the large conference room on the third Tuesday of each month.
More information about the plan to revitalize Downtown Wheaton can be found at wheatonproject.com. For more information, view the release from the Montgomery County Government site.

Food Council Hiring Food Security Associate


In early 2017, MCFC co-led the creation of the Montgomery County Executive’s 5-Year Food Security Plan (www.montgomerycountymd.gov/foodsecurity), which outlines the path towards building a Montgomery County in which all people have access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food, with dignity.
We seek a self-motivated, skilled, and goal-oriented Food Security Associate (FSA) dedicated to coordinating the Food Council’s FSP implementation initiatives. This is a 12-month contract position with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. The position requires a commitment of 37 hours per week with some required evening and weekend meetings. The FSA will report to the Food Council Executive Director. For Position Description please visit the Food Council’s website:

International Overdose Awareness Day Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

In response to International Overdose Awareness Day, Montgomery County invites you to:

2nd Annual Ceremony of Remembrance

Thursday, August 31, 2017
7:00 pm
Come early for the Resource Fair at 5:30 pm
Justice Plaza
Montgomery County Circuit Court Rockville, MD

  If you need more information AND/OR you would like to have your loved one remembered in a memorial video, please send – by August 24 – up to 10 pictures, with their name, date of birth and date of death to rememberingourlovedones2017@gmail.com. For more information, view this flyer.

This event is hosted by S.O.U.L. (Surviving Our Ultimate Loss) families of Montgomery County in partnership with the Montgomery County Government and the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court

Lottery for Farmer’s Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

Montgomery County will  Hold a Lottery for Farmer’s  Market Coupons for Low-Income Seniors

A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Tuesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. The coupon books are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $22,311 (family of one).
The coupons may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2017.
The lottery for the coupon books will be held at the following locations:
  • Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Benjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton, MD 20901
  • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information, call 240-777-3810.

Open Solicitation for Systems of Care Evaluator and Trainer

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is currently looking to fill two positions:
  • Trainer: an entity that is able to complete a needs assessment and develop a plan for targeted training. The training should be evidence based and should focus on cultural competency, trauma informed care, and developmentally appropriate provider treatment for Transitional Aged Youth related to the SAMHSA Systems of Care grant.
  • Independent Local Evaluator: a qualified independent evaluator to conduct a multiyear evaluation of the Bridges to the Future, SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Grant for Montgomery County. The evaluation will employ qualitative and quantitative methods in order to describe Bridges progress in expanding the system of care and to identify the strategies that helped achieve that goal.
The deadline for questions is June 22, 2017
The closing date is June 29, 2017
Please see the entire solicitation for more information:
Trainer
Evaluator

Communications/Marketing Consultant for the Systems of Care

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families, Inc. (MCCC) is seeking a Communications/Marketing consultant for the Systems of Care for Transitional Aged Youth.

MCCC created Bridges to the Future to expand its System of Care to reach and engage disconnected transition aged youth (TAY) with or at risk of serious emotional disorders ages 16-21 through care management and intensive crisis services.

Through this Open Solicitation, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a communications consultant that will assess current social marketing needs for transition aged youth (16-21yr).

The deadline for questions is June 22, 2017

The closing date is June 29, 2017

Please see the entire solicitation here

Summer Programs for Youth

School is almost out, it’s not too late to sign-up for camps to keep them active and engaged.  Montgomery County’s Department’s  of Recreation and Parks offer the following camps:
MCPS Summer Meals Program The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day. Our goal is to provide meals to as many children as possible! Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

Youth Cruiser Summer Passes


Ride On makes it easy for those under 18 to travel around the County in the summer by offering the Youth Summer Pass, which is loaded onto a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card. The Pass allows kids to take unlimited Ride On trips between June 1 and August 31 for a flat fee of $18.

Starting May 16, purchase the Youth Summer at the TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring, 8404 Colesville Road and Friendship Heights, 17 Wisconsin Circle; the Montgomery County Treasury Office, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite L-15, Rockville; online at www.SmarTrip.com, or at select CVS and Giant locations. See the complete list of locations.

Kids Ride Free hours continue during the summer. The summer pass can be used for all other rides when regular fares apply.

Kids who don’t have the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card can buy one for $2 at any County library with proof of age and residency. The card, which is designed for County residents who are in kindergarten through 12th grade, allows students to participate in Kids Ride Free and take advantage of discounted youth monthly and summer passes.

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