Affordable Housing continues to be a top issue for AIM. AIM leaders were key allies in the fight to substantially fund the County’s Housing Initiative Fund (HIF), the most critical local source for building affordable housing. In 2014, response to the declining funding for the HIF, AIM and our allies organized an electoral assembly where County Executive Leggett promised to restore the fund to it’s historical peak of $54 million and to create 1,000 new units of affordable housing but when the budget was released in December, Leggett did not follow through. However, AIM leaders, clergy and congregations worked with the County Council to protect the HIF budget from cuts in a tight budget year. Protecting this crucial source of funding is an ongoing priority for AIM. Check out AIM leaders and allies raising their voices to champion the fund below >>
In order to build the power necessary to bring about the much needed change in affordable housing in Montgomery County, AIM members created the Montgomery Housing Alliance (click here for link). Together AIM, Bethesda Cares, Coalition for Smarter Growth, EcoHousing, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Interfaith Works, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, the Montgomery Housing Partnership, and Victory Housing, work to demonstrate that affordable housing is not only badly needed, but vital for the county to function as it should.
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1200 People at GOTV and Candidate Assembly
Strong Commitments on Housing, Education and Immigration from Executive Candidates
May 30, 2018 at The People’s Community Baptist Church
It was standing room only when AIM leaders gathered to clarify the commitments of the County Executive Candidates to AIM’s bold proposals for the future of Montgomery County. The AIM demands were developed over a year of listening sessions with 3000 people throughout the county and the focus was on specific community solutions.
Montgomery County Faith Leaders Assert Political Agenda–Afro American
Montgomery County’s clergy of color are working together across race and faith perspective to represent the needs of their congregations and ensure all voices are heard as the 2018 election season approaches.
Pastor Haywood Robinson Jr., president of the Montgomery County Black Ministers Conference and pastor of the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., joined with 20 multiethnic churches and community organizations under the Action in Montgomery (AIM) banner to host the county’s largest candidate forum, packing more than 1,200 people in the Norwood Road sanctuary to hear from six of the seven candidates for Montgomery County executive last week.
Maryland IAF Marches on Homeland Security’s Baltimore Office
Chanting “Clarity! Compassion! No Confusion!” a group of about 50 Maryland immigration advocates marched from Baltimore City Hall to the local office of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday to demand a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The group of community advocates and local clergy called on the agency to clarify its policies on detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. They also asked for information on where those who are arrested are held and requested that immigration officers remove the word ‘POLICE’ from their uniforms, to better distinguish them from Baltimore Police.