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Workgroup to Implement “Housing Opportunity for All” Report Findings and Assist in Creating a Countywide Housing Policy
The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Tuesday, April 2, unanimously adopted CR-16-2019, legislation establishing a Housing Opportunities for All Workgroup to assist the County with setting housing priorities and implementing the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Report, entitled “Housing Opportunity for All” for Prince George’s County.
The newly-established Housing Opportunities for All Workgroup will also provide advice on any proposed legislation and/or changes for consideration by the County to the County’s policies, regulations, procedures and distribution of County resources. Utilizing the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Report and other data resources, the Workgroup will provide the framework for a Countywide housing policy; benchmarks to be monitored and distributed; and quarterly updates. An annual report outlining activities, implementation status and budget recommendations will be provided by the Workgroup to the Council before January 1, 2020.
Prince George’s County Council Chair Todd M. Turner (D) – District 4, notes the value of a Housing Opportunities for All Workgroup.
“Developing an effective housing policy, comprised of strategies that develop housing for all, benefits the healthy, social and economic development of the entire County. The Housing Opportunities for All Workgroup will assist us with implementing a Countywide Housing Policy that promotes and preserves housing, while meeting the existing and future needs of the County’s diverse populations. We look forward to their work in the coming months.”
The County Council established a Comprehensive Housing Strategy Ad-Hoc Housing Subcommittee, by CR-13-2016, to work with the Department of Housing and Community Development, consultants and citizen advisory groups to initiate and develop a Comprehensive Housing Strategy. After working with stakeholders over a two-year period, a County Comprehensive Strategy Report, “Housing Opportunity for All,” was developed and finalized in March 2019.