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More Than 100 Faith Leaders Attended a Town Hall Meeting in Rockville (VIDEO)

More than 100 leaders of the faith community gathered at a town hall meeting on Sept 16. to ask Montgomery County Councilmembers about issues such as affordable housing, religious holidays, and land use.

Many of the speakers expressed a higher need for low-cost housing, and councilmembers said affordable housing is a top priority for the county government.

“I always say if you really want to know what’s going on in Montgomery County don’t ask a politician; ask a pastor because it’s much more likely that members of your congregation will share with you what’s weighing heavy on their minds,” said Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal.

Faith leaders also asked about plans to extend services for Pre-K programs in the county, and shared their disappointment on the fact that Montgomery County Public Schools removed religion references from its calendar.

Councilmember Nancy Navarro said the council has taken “a baby step” toward establishing a children’s trust but “it doesn’t happen overnight.”

Navarro also hopes to make community use space more affordable and even proposed an app to access Montgomery County resources to help those in need.

Leventhal recommended facilitating discussions among the faith community to help find space to worship.

Faith leaders and councilmembers said they hope to work together to find solutions for issues that impact the community.

Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at Abarros@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.

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