Community Development Advisory Committee

Public Hearing on Community Development Needs
October 6 at 7:00 PM. 

Montgomery County’s Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) will conduct a Public Hearing on community development needs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. via teleconference using Microsoft Teams software or most web browsers. The CDAC recommends how Montgomery County’s competitively awarded federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be used. You can access the hearing here.

For more information or to sign up to testify, email the Grants and Asset Management Section of DHCA at [email protected] by 4:00 PM on October 5. Emailed testimony to [email protected] will be received until 4:00 PM on November 5, 2021.

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 contact Cathy Mahmud - [email protected], Trivens Kargbo - [email protected], or Katherine Canales - [email protected].


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.


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; conducts annual public hearing on community development needs.


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.


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.


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

Katherine Canales - email
Trivens Kargbo - email
Cathy Mahmud - email


Monica J. Brown, Jane M. Demarines, Tamika Dual, Willa Dumbuya, Dion Edwards, Nebyu Esayas, Aly Ghanim, Amy Gyau-Moyer, Villy Iranpur, Patrice Johnson, Dustin Koonce, Gabriela Lemus, Eneshal Miller, Andrea G. Mones, John Petrushka, Nate Roberts, Dale Saunders, and Veronica Wright.

Information on past CDBG Public Service Grants, the CDBG grant application, and the Department's Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development can be found here:

Information for members, fall 2021


September 29 (Wednesday):  Meeting for CDAC members only, 7:00 PM. This meeting will serve as an orientation to the work of the Committee. We'll discuss the applicant interview / application process as well as subcommittee assignments and schedules. This, and all subsequent meetings for fall of 2021 will be conducted virtually using video conferencing technology.

October 6 (Wednesday): Public Hearing, 7:00 PM  

Applicant interviews will be conducted on three consecutive Wednesday evenings between 7:00 and 9:30 PM - October 13, 20, and 27, with additional sessions as needed scheduled on Wednesdays. 

Rating Sheet

Budget Review Considerations

Reimbursement form