Community Development Advisory Committee
The Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) is a diverse group of county residents appointed by the County Executive. Each fall the CDAC holds a public hearing on the community development needs of Montgomery County and the County's past performance in meeting those needs. In addition, the CDAC engages in a thorough and transparent review of applications for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Grants each fall. Along with a review of the written application, each non-profit applicant is given a chance to meet for thirty minutes with a subcomittee of the CDAC in order to promote their proposed project and to give CDAC members a chance to ask questions about the nature and value of the proposed project as well as the organization's ability to carry it out. This process culminates in providing specific funding recommendations to the County Executive for inclusion in the coming year's budget. New members are generally sought in the spring or summer. If you are interested in serving on this committee or require more information, or if you would like to contact members of the CDAC, please call Steve Brown at (240) 777-3685 or Matthew Greene at (240) 777-3631.
|Created||MCEO 165-94, dated October 17, 1994; Executive Order No. 176-95; effective date 9/26/95 revised name to CDAC: Executive Order No. 191-07 effective date 6/19/07 revised to increase membership from 15 to 20.|
|Purpose||Makes recommendations to the Director, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and the County Executive on applications submitted for the Community Development Block Grant Program and any successors to this program; reviews the consolidated plan and makes recommendations on the plan; and conducts public hearings to review community development needs when necessary.|
|Membership||No fewer than (15) or more than twenty (20) members serving during any given year. Membership should be broadly representative of the County as a whole, with participation encouraged by persons from low income, urban and rural areas, the elderly, women, minorities, persons for whom English is not a native language, persons who are or have been homeless, as well as by persons with physical or mental impairments. Employees of the County, HOC, MNCPPC or elected officials are not eligible to apply.|
|Terms||Members are appointed by the County Executive and serve three year terms. Members may be reappointed by the CE no more than once. The Chairperson will be designated annually by the CE and may serve no more than two years.|
|Meetings||A public hearing is held in October; meetings are held weekly while applications are being reviewed and recommendations developed. (Members will be asked to serve on one of three subcommittees).|
|DHCA Staff||Matthew Greene (240) 777-3631, Steve Brown (240) 777-3685, Trivens Kargbo (240) 777-3794|
Members: Jasper Cox (Chair), Eric Baranick, Kenrick Brooks, Blaise Kapombe, Tracee Matthias, Levi Pearson, Julie Peller, Deborah Rozell, LaVonne Torrence-Berner, Barbara Wilson, and Mekia Winder.
Members pending appointment: Tonia Bui, David Fagan, Gail Fisher, Sharon Macauley. Kandi Morris, Jendayi Nyabingi, Tonia Singleton, and Stewart Vaughn.
Information on past CDBG Public Service Grants, the CFY18 CDBG grant application, and the Department's Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development can be found here: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DHCA/community/grants/index.html
Information for members, fall 2016
October 19 (Wednesday). Public Hearing at 7:30 PM. We'll have a pre-hearing meeting and dinner at 6:30 in the fifth floor conference room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, followed by the 7:30 hearing in the seventh floor hearing room. Members can park in the public portion of the parking garage at the back of the building via the entrance on Monroe Street closest to East Jefferson Street.
October 25 (Tuesday). Meeting for CDAC members only at 6:30 PM. We'll have dinner, receive subcommittee assignments, and discuss the interview / application review process. This, and all subsequent meetings, will be at DHCA's new office location at 1401 Rockville Pike, fourth floor. You can park in the garage at the back of the building and bring your ticket up for validation.
We've arranged for Tuesday evening applicant interview meetings for the subcommittees on November 1, 15, 22, and 29 beginning at 7:00 at 1401 Rockville Pike. We will provide a simple dinner and members are encouraged to come early to eat and prepare for the interviews. This schedule may change on the night on October 25 or later depending on the needs of each subcommittee.