Dear Neighbor,
 
Hope all is going well and you are enjoying the great weather! In this newsletter, I highlight some of the wonderful things taking place throughout District 2. There are also updates about the Council's budget review process, going on now. You will want to make sure you don't miss the Save-the-Date for an exciting upcoming community event on May 13th.  Hope to see you there!

On March 15th, the County Executive submitted his $3.84 billion proposed FY18 Budget proposal to the County Council for review. The council must adopt a balanced spending plan for the County by June 1. In the proposal, we received some well-deserved improvements including monies for the Hyattsville library reconstruction, the Langley Park library, the Hyattsville volunteer firehouse, the Hamilton St. garage, and the Hyattsville Justice Center. However, we still face an uphill battle to get FY18 funding restored for the Hyattsville middle and elementary school renovations and FY18 funding for the Rollingcrest-Chillum and North Brentwood community centers to be renovated.

Since the receipt of the County Executive's budget, I have held three budget listening sessions throughout District 2.  These sessions have given me an opportunity to listen to your priorities and budget recommendations.  It has also given me an opportunity to share some of my achievements and the shared priorities that we are fighting for together. 

As Vice-Chair for Public Safety and Fiscal Management, as well as Vice-Chair of Health, Education and Human Services, I have the responsibility to provide financial oversight over 90% of the County Budget.  This starts with providing adequate funding to our schools, our police and fire departments, and to ensuring hard working public servants-including our county's G-scale staff-are receiving the merit/COLA promotions they deserve.  

Please share your concerns by testifying at one of the County's Budget Hearings on Tuesday, May 2 or Monday, May 8 at 7:00 pm at the County Administration Building's Council Hearing Room (first floor), 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro 20772. Also, you can review the FY2018 Budget Proposal and other budget information here or watch the budget committee meetings and public hearings here

In the meantime, please keep letting me know what priorities matter to you and how we can work together to adopt a budget for the betterment of all District 2 residents and Prince Georgians. Send your budget priorities to me by email at  councildistrict2@co.pg.md.us or by calling (301) 952-4436. 

Thank you for allowing me to serve you!
Deni Taveras 

Non-Profit Networking Breakfast 

On Friday, March 10, Councilmember Taveras hosted a Nonprofit Networking Breakfast at Prince George's Community Center. Non-profit organizations had the opportunity to hear from Community Grants Foundation , Parks and Planning and Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council.  Over 30 nonprofits that provide services to District 2 residents came together and shared their organizations mission and commitment to our residents.

Council Grants Web Page:
 
Council Grants FAQs:
 
County Council Grant Coordinator: Gary Sabel
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Room 2035
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
Phone: (301) 952-5839 or 952-3699
E-mail address: gasabel@co.pg.md.us  


Know Your Rights:Train the Trainer 

On Saturday, March 11, Councilmember Taveras in partnership with Senior Pastor Kearney from Turner Memorial AME Church and CASA held a "Know Your Rights"  forum. Attendees asked questions regarding the current political climate, the rights of undocumented neighbors and how they could be community advocates. If you would like to learn more about organizations who assist undocumented immigrants and/or know of someone who is looking for resources, you can contact the following:  
 

Ayuda: Provides legal, social services and language access. 
6925 B Willow Street NW 
Washington, DC 20012 
Phone: 202.387.4848
http://ayuda.com/wp/

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition: Provides legal services focused on assisting detained immigrants in jails and juvenile facilities in Maryland and Virginia. 
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 204 
Washington, DC 20006 
Phone: 202.331.3320
Detention Hotline: 202.331.3329
https://www.caircoalition.org/

CARECEN: Provides legal, housing, citizenship and community support. 
1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1,
Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202.328.9799
http://www.carecendc.org/

CASA Multicultural Services: Provides financial literacy, citizenship services, community organizing and legal services.   
8151 15th Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20783

Phone: 301.431.4185  

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services: Provides Immigration Legal Services (ILS) with a focus on foreign-born individuals and their families.
12247 Georgia Avenue 
Silver Spring, MD 20902 
Walk-in: Thursdays
Nominal Consultation Fee 
9:00am to 11:00am 
Questions/preguntas: 301.942.1790

Human Rights First- Advocacy organization, with a focus on assisting refugees. 
805 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington DC, 2005 
Asylum Voicemail: 202.370.3313
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

Latin American Youth Center- Provides supports youth through academics, arts, job readiness, safe housing and health. 
7411 Riggs Road, Suite 418
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Phone: 301.431.3121
http://www.layc-dc.org/

International Rescue Committee- Provides support to refugee(s) resettlement into communities. 
8719 Colesville Road 
Silver Spring, MD 20910; 3rd Floor 
Phone: 301.562.8633
https://www.rescue.org/
Flood Insurance Forum 

On Thursday, March 23, Councilmember Taveras, along with Mayors Candace Hollingsworth, Malinda Miles, Petrella Robinson, and Rocio Treminio-Lopez hosted a Flood Insurance Forum. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Prince George's County Department of Environment (DOE) and Maryland Department of Environment were present to answer residents' questions. Presentations addressed flood insurance, stormwater management and provided an overview of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). All presentations can be accessed here on the County Council website website he
Completion of Perry Street Net Zero Townhomes  

Councilmember Taveras congratulated everyone involved in the Perry Street Net Zero Townhomes project. This project is a creative and innovative pioneer creating energy-efficient housing in District 2 and Prince George's County. These homes are built to the International Passive House Standard  and will achieve net zero energy performance with solar PV on the roof of each home. N et zero can dramatically lower your utility bills and also help our environment by lowering our consumption of energy. To check out these homes, click here. 
Hyattsville Branch Library Temporary Closed 

The Hyattsville Branch Library closed temporarily for the scheduled renovations on Friday, March 31, 2017. The temporary location for the library is at 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville, MD 20782. The temporary location will operate with the same hours and services. Two-hour free parking is available at the University Town Center parking garage on America Blvd. If you would like to learn more about the new library, please click here
Senior Environmental Assistance Program 

Are you a senior in need of some help with heavy yard work? Do you know a senior that could use some help getting their yard ready for the summer months? 

The Senior Environmental Assistance Program  provides assistance with heavy yard work and snow removal. To learn more , please contact the office of Aging & Disabilities Services at (301) 265-8450. Pass the information along to a neighbor. 

2017 Nomination Form

In partnership with PGCPS and Prince George's County EDC, Councilmember Taveras invites you to participate in a special community event. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, our community members will come together to participate in the  Take Pride in Our Community festival and a community awards ceremony at Northwestern High School. This celebration will recognize adult and youth leaders from our civic associations, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations who are working to beautify, celebrate, and connect the communities of District 2. 

Councilmember Taveras launched the Take Pride initiative in September 2016, with the objective of improving the quality of life for Prince Georgians and District 2 residents. For this event, Councilmember Taveras encourages residents to spearhead Take Pride  projects or recognize existing programs and leaders that are  currently working  to make our communities cleaner, safer, and more family-friendly. This ceremony will allow us to share the good news and great work taking place in communities. We ask you to nominate individuals/organizations that are doing a great job in taking pride by working to better their school, neighborhood, or community. Click here to fill out the form online or call my office at (301) 952-4436 for more information. 
Volunteer Corner 

Looking for an exciting way to serve your community? Do you enjoy helping others? We're seeking volunteers. If you've ever thought about joining public service or just helping the community, now is your chance to join our office and the many exciting events we are planning for summer 2017! If interested, please email NAEscobar@co.pg.md.us.
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