For over two years, residents of Montgomery County-owned Cider Mill Apartments called on the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) to make key management and security changes on the property.

As a result of public pressure at an AIM action and ongoing accountability from resident leaders, management and the HOC improved lighting on the 864-unit property and replaced all broken machines and entry doors in laundry facilities.

In fall 2020, through partnership with the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, residents formalized Safe Places, a tenants’ association. Safe Places worked with other local congregations to distribute market food every Sunday during the pandemic.