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Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Bill 12-15, Administration Office of Community Use of Public
Facilities Vulnerable Youth and Low-Income Families
Bill 12-15, Administration - Office of Community Use of Public Facilities Vulnerable
Youth and Low-Income Families, sponsored by Councilmember Navarro, was introduced on
March 3. A public hearing was held on March 17.
Bill 12-15 would require the Executive to create, and the Director of Community Use of
Public Facilities (CUPF) to administer, a program to encourage and assist the use of public
facilities by organizations serving vulnerable youth and low-income families. The program would
consist or outreach, technical assistance, and financial assistance in the form of a reduction or
waiver of fees for eligible organizations. Bil1 12-15 would require biennial reporting by the
Director of CUPF to the Executive and the Council on the operation of the program.
March 17 Public Hearing and Correspondence
There were nine speakers at the public hearing on the Bill held on March 17,2015. Ginny
Gong, Director ofCUPF, spoke on behalf of the Executive in support ofthe goal to help youth and
low income families (©4-5). Ms. Gong described the existing CUPF subsidy program for certain
uses and organizations and the existing partnerships between County agencies and organizations
through which many groups are provided with free or subsidized use. Several nonprofit
organizations also testified in support of the Bill, including Circle of Rights, Inc. (©6), African
Women Council, Inc. (©7-8), the Tutoring and Mentoring Program run by Tayitu Cultural and
Educational Center (©9), Asian American LEAD (©1O-11), and Liberty'S Promise (©12-13).
Also, students at Blair High School that are members of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media testified in
support of the Bill, saying that increased use of public facilities by groups will strengthen
community bonds (©14-16).
In addition to the public hearing testimony, correspondence in support of the Bill was
received LA YClMaryland Multicultural Youth Centers (©17), Girls on the Run Montgomery
County (©18), and Nonprofit Montgomery (©19). Nonprofit Montgomery encouraged the
expansion of the scope of the program to organizations that serve low-income
families, but limiting eligible organizations to nonprofits.