November 15, 2016 – Councilmember Leventhal speaks out against the recent spate of hate crimes committed in Montgomery County in the wake of the 2016 election. “We’re not here to criticize people’s political views,” said Councilmember Leventhal after passage of the resolution. “We’re absolutely not here to denounce a political party or a candidate. We’re here to denounce conduct that is harmful to civility and our ability to get along.”
On December 10, Councilmember Leventhal helped cut the ribbon for the new Progress Place homeless resource center located in downtown Silver Spring.
The facility will provide comprehensive wrap-around services to homeless residents, including medical care, meals, support groups, and vocational services, as well as temporary shelter during the winter months. The new shelter will also include 21 personal living quarters (PLQs) to provide safe, stable housing for chronically homeless individuals, a first in Montgomery County. When the shelter was being designed, Councilmember Leventhal fought hard to ensure that it included as many PLQs as financially feasible. The PLQs are important because they enable individuals experiencing homelessness to focus on the issues that led to their homelessness (loss of employment, substance abuse, mental health, etc.), rather than worrying about where they are going to sleep on any given night.
“Ending homelessness is not only the morally correct thing to do, it is the economically smart thing to do,” said Councilmember Leventhal at the ribbon cutting. “Housing first saves money. When clients are housed, the amount of emergency room care they require goes down. The nights that they spend incarcerated goes down.”