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Council votes to approve a $565,706 special appropriation for Positive Youth Development Program

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Funding spearheaded by Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Gabe Albornoz

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 23, 2020—Today the Montgomery County Council approved a special appropriation of $565,706 to provide support services for families in crisis to prevent jeopardizing the safety of vulnerable youth during these unstructured and challenging times, including $183,846 to Identity Inc. to provide culturally responsive and trauma-informed services that support underserved children and their families. The special appropriation provides $381,860 that will be used to support a family strengthening and intervention program. The program will provide holistic, one-on-one coaching for families who are struggling with instability and violence at home with the goals of reducing community violence and improving family well-being. The full Council sponsored the special appropriation that was initiated by Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Gabe Albornoz.

The Covid-19 public health crisis has disproportionately affected communities with lower incomes and communities of color in the County. Moreover, restrictions intended to slow the spread of disease have led to more than 87,000 unemployment claims filed by County residents since the beginning of March. As a result, Covid-19 has placed significant financial and mental stress on these families and support services are necessary for families in crisis to safeguard vulnerable youth and avoid risky behaviors. The Council is committed to solidifying alliances and partnerships with community organizations battling the health crisis as well as its societal impacts. This special appropriation will help further this goal and provide essential services to families in need.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

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Release ID: 20-271
Media Contact: Bertha Cerzosimo 240-777-7986 , Lillian Cruz 240-777-7801