Affordable Housing

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.

In the News

AIM Annual Report for 2018

This was a year of big victories for AIM–$67 Million for Affordable Housing, expanding Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary to 720 students in seven schools, the opening of the final community center in Historic African-American neighborhoods, and real action from Smith and Wesson on Gun Violence. Click below to learn more!

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AIM Plays Key Role in Fight to Get Smith and Wesson to Adopt Commonsense Gun Safety at Shareholders Meeting

AIM worked with Chief Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, to support our national efforts in getting Smith and Wesson shareholders to vote for significant measures to improve safety and accountability for their firearms products. Click here to find out how AIM and the Industrial Areas Foundation won with Smith and Wesson and Sturm Ruger.

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Justice for Historic African-American Communities

The ribbon cutting to open the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center took place on Oct. 6 in the Good Hope neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md. Local officials, residents and community members all gathered to witness the opening of the last of the four centers located in historic African-American neighborhoods to undergo renovations in Montgomery County.

Good Hope along with Ross Boddy, Scotland and Plum Gar recreation centers were overlooked and neglected for many years and dating back to the 1990s, neighborhood leaders weren’t even able to get basic repairs done in the community centers. Centers were dealing with issues such as flooding and broken windows, according to social advocacy group, Action In Montgomery (AIM).

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Silver Spring apartment complex explosion survivors demand better treatment from Montgomery County

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– Nearly two years after the August 10, 2016 blast that killed seven people at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, survivors are demanding better support from the Montgomery County government.

Through advocacy organization Action in Montgomery (AIM), the group of survivors met to address their concerns Tuesday night at JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres Elementary School.

Survivors told their stories about how they lost their possessions along with how they were physically and mentally scarred by the natural gas explosion. They said since the accident, they have been forced to pay higher rents, haven’t received adequate mental health treatment related to the trauma and that their opinions were left out of the 2016 county report that detailed the response to the tragedy.

Gustavo Zuniga spoke to the crowd, recounting how the roof fell inside his apartment, knocking him unconscious. He said the only reason that he is alive is because his wife was able to pull him from the rubble.

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