Montgomery County needs more affordable housing to keep pace with our County’s economic growth. The Montgomery County Planning Board found that the housing stock is short by 20,000 homes for residents earning less than $29,000. In 2015, nearly 4,000 low-income residents were on the waiting list for rental assistance. Every resident needs a home. Affordable housing for Montgomery County residents is a right, not a privilege.
Montgomery County residents face the inconveniences of traffic congestion and an unreliable public transportation system everyday. The unpredictable traffic delays hit our low-income families particularly hard. These residents often have jobs with strict lateness policies, and for workers with young children, disruptions due to commuting inconveniences can make child care particularly challenging. This isn’t just frustrating for our most at risk communities, but in many cases -it’s the difference between a parent working and abruptly losing a job to support their children. County government must step up and tackle this problem for communities being adversely affected by poor traffic conditions, and the unreliable public transportation system.