Housing Improvements at Northwest Park Aprtments



After a year of organizing to improve conditions in their apartments, the tenants of Silver Spring’s Northwest Park Apartments secured a big victory when Kay Management committed to replacing all of the windows in the complex over the next four years – a crucial step to remediating rampant mold problems – and overhauling their policy for preventing and remediating mold.

Kay Management’s practices came under scrutiny this past summer when Flower Branch Apartments, another Montgomery County apartment community managed by the company, suffered a tragic explosion and fire in which seven people lost their lives.

Last fall, with the help of AIM and parishioners of St. Camillus Catholic Church, a group of tenants in Northwest Park came together to seek redress for deplorable conditions in the apartments. Many tenants have claimed that their health has been seriously compromised because of the reoccurring mold in their apartments and persistent problems with rodents, bed bugs, and cockroaches, triggering or exacerbating their asthma conditions.

In the past year, the tenants in partnership with St. Camillus and AIM, performed citizens inspections  in over 100 apartments in the complex. They documented some of the housing code violations and found indications of mold in 80% of the apartments they had inspected. These problems were first brought to the attention of County officials at a public action with AIM and St. Camillus in December 2015. In response, Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs conducted housing code inspections. DHCA found over 2,000 violations and urged the management to collaborate with the Northwest Park tenants, AIM, and Montgomery County Renters Alliance and find solutions to these problems.

This dialogue resulted in a series of improvements in the Northwest Park community and a renewed optimism among its residents. One such improvement was the replacement of all the washing machines and dryers, which was one of the specific demands of the tenants.

The window replacement victory won by Northwest Park tenants is a key step in preventing the high levels of humidity in the apartments that causes mold to grow and return after treatment.

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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).


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.