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Montgomery County's Fair Housing Educational Forum Provided New Opportunities for the Disabled
Montgomery County's Fair Housing Educational Forum Provided New Opportunities for the Disabled


On Thursday, November 10 the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, who are dedicated to enforcing the fair housing laws, presented a housing forum for people with disabilities at the Silver Spring Civic Building to educate realtors, property managers, housing advocates, and the public about fair housing laws and compliance.

This year marks the 43rd Anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the 1988 Fair Housing Amendment, which added disability as a protected class.


Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council President Valerie Ervin were in attendance as well as many other County commissions including Maryland’s Commission on Civil Rights and Department of Disabilities.


“This educational forum is a part of an ongoing effort in Montgomery County to make sure we provide access to all the elements of our county to our residents including the disabled. We want to make sure that we follow through on all the rules and regulations and expand accessible and affordable housing for all people. We need to do more for our people with disabilities; this forum is helping to make sure that happens,” explained County Executive Isiah Leggett.


Montgomery County has long been a leader in Maryland in providing housing opportunities for people with disabilities as well as ensuring equal opportunities for all.


There are over 180,000 people living in Montgomery County with disabilities, and the County continues to work to improve their lives as well as welcome all who work, visit, and live in the area.


Today’s forum was designed to educate Montgomery County on new opportunities that will be available for residents in particular for those with disabilities including Transit Oriented Developments. These developments are currently located in many areas of Montgomery County including Wheaton and Silver Spring with a future location coming to White Flint.


Additionally, the new Section 811 program is available which will allow the Maryland Department of Disabilities to provide deep subsidies for people at very low-income levels and create great housing opportunities for all Marylanders.


“Those of us who are advocates for people with disabilities have worked for many, many years on housing issues and I see the new opportunities as a breakthrough. I am more encouraged today then I have ever been for the future of housing for people with disabilities,” said Maryland Department of Disabilities’ Cathy Raggio.


The free forum featured a number of experts in the field and focused on housing for people with disabilities. The discussion was 4.5 hours long and open to the public.


“This forum was an exciting step in the right direction to raise awareness of the challenges that disabled people face in finding adequate homes as well as rental properties,” the Commission on People with Disabilities’ Patricia Gallalee said.



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