2020 | Government

Council expected to approve $9M on workforce development, rental assistance

Money would come from federal aid

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Montgomery County might be funneling more than $9 million towards workforce development, rental assistance and temporary shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest portion of the funding — $4.2 million — will be used for rental assistance to low-income residents and temporary shelter for homeless residents.

Another $3.5 million is also proposed for rental relief for low-income residents and is expected to be received from federal funding awarded through the state.

The remaining $1.4 million would come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Grant, which is sourced from federal funding.

The money would be used by Montgomery College to help residents who have become unemployed because of the pandemic. The funding would go toward training and workforce development programs that lead to required certifications or licensure for particular industries.

Most of the money is expected to go to scholarships for tuition and fees, as well as financial assistance for instruction materials, technology and testing fees.

The funds were introduced at the County Council’s meeting on Tuesday. Public hearings and votes on the appropriations are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Council Member Will Jawando and Hans Riemer also proposed three appropriations totaling roughly $1.5 million related to a bill that would eliminate school resource officers in the county.

Of that money, $750,000 would be used to provide restorative justice training in equitable discipline to Montgomery County Public School teachers and staff members. Another $312,455 would go to therapeutic recreation services for students.

The remaining $406,000 would be used for social, emotional and development learning services for vulnerable students with a target towards students with special needs.

Briana Adhikusuma can be reached at briana.adhikusuma@bethesdamagazine.com.