Housing Opportunities Commission

April 10, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Charges Dropped Against Cemetery Protesters

Charges have been dropped against the seven members of the “HOC 7” — protesters who were arrested during Housing Opportunities Commission meetings objecting to the lack of action over an African-American cemetery on commission property. The seven received citations for disorderly conduct, four at a Jan. 9 protest and three at a Feb. 8 protest. […]

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February 8, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Cemetery Protest Draws More Arrests at HOC Meeting

At least two people were arrested Wednesday at the Housing Opportunities Commission meeting, part of an ongoing protest over the status of graves under an HOC property in Bethesda. Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin was arrested. Slavin, who is president of Montgomery Community Media’s board of directors, has since been released and was issued a citation […]

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January 10, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Five Things to Know for Jan. 10 in Montgomery County

It’s Thursday, Jan. 10, and here are five things you need to know: 1. Four Arrested at HOC Meeting: Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday night after a meeting of the Housing Opportunities Commission in Kensington. They were protesting the commission’s refusal to preserve the graves buried under the parking lot at its Bethesda […]

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January 9, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Four Arrested Protesting HOC’s Lack of Action on African Cemetery

Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday night after a meeting of the Housing Opportunities Commission in Kensington. They were part of a group of about 30 people who came to urge the HOC to convey its Westwood Towers property in Bethesda to the Macedonia Baptist Church, which can properly care for the hundreds […]

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February 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Hagerstown Man Arrested for Bias Incidents Against Housing Opportunities Commission

A 69-year-old Hagerstown man has been charged with telephone misuse and harassment of a person because of the person’s race, Montgomery County police said in a Tuesday statement. Jerome Want of the 1600 block of Langley Drive posted $3,500 bail and was released, according to online court records. About 5 p.m. Jan. 23, officers responded […]

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September 24, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

County Officials Launch “Renters Have Rights” Campaign (VIDEO)

There’s a new campaign in Montgomery County aimed for tenants to voice housing concerns. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined Montgomery County Councilmembers and the Department of Housing and Community Affairs in Bethesda early Thursday to launch the “Renters Have Rights” initiative. According to Leggett, the goal of this campaign is to inform renters they […]

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April 3, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

New Capital Improvements Coming to Historic Tobytown (VIDEO & PHOTO)

The people living in the 26-townhouse community of Tobytown can expect some new capital improvements in their historic neighborhood. The Housing Opportunities Commission has already made progress on the cleanup of the Tobytown cemetery established by former slaves and their families. HOC’s Director of Legislative and Public Affairs says more work is planned for the […]

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March 31, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Tobytown Cemetery Cleanup Uncovers More History (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

The Tobytown Cemetery in Potomac is no longer buried under years of overgrowth. Office administrators and lawn service workers spent hours removing leaves, weeds and vines covering up grave markers on the historic grounds. The Housing Opportunities Commission employees found out the cemetery actually extends beyond the fenced section adjacent to River Road. MyMCMedia’s Phyllis […]

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February 26, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Asks HOC to Restore Cemetery in Tobytown to a “Dignified State” (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is asking the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) to restore a cemetery in Tobytown “to a dignified state and to develop a plan for its on-going maintenance.” In a letter to HOC Director Stacy Spann, dated Feb. 23, Berliner notes that the Council recently watched a video about Tobytown and […]

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February 1, 2017 | Staff Writer

HOC Chair Sally Roman Steps Down

Housing Opportunities Commission Chair Sally Roman stepped down from the HOC on Wednesday. Appointed to the commission in 2007, Roman completed her second term on the commission, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said. Roman retired from the Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning in 2002 after 15 years, according to an HOC statement. At Park […]

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