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Metro Brief: Free resource fair, forum on low-income Maryland residents

Montgomery County

On January 26, 2015

The public is invited to a free forum and resource fair to learn about issues facing low-income community residents Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Ave., in Gaithersburg. The “Raise Your Voice! Poverty in Montgomery County” forum is sponsored by the county’s Community Action Board in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg.

Attendees will share their experiences and recommendations about issues such as child care, transportation, jobs and housing in small focus group sessions. The resource fair will include information and resources from local service providers.

Free child care and food will be provided. Bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on site. Requests for interpretation in other languages should be made at least three business days before the event.

The Community Action Board is the county’s federally mandated anti-poverty group. The board serves in an advisory role to the County Executive and the County Council, and as an advocate for low-income residents. The board provides governance to the county’s Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start.

The public may register for the forum online by going to and searching for “community action forum raise your voice,” or by calling the Community Action Agency at 240.777.1697. Those requiring special aids or services to participate in this event should call 240.777.1697 or 301.251.4850 or Maryland Relay at 711 with at least three business days advance notice.

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