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Community Development Advisory Committee

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 call Steve Brown at (240) 777-3685 or Matthew Greene at (240) 777-3631.


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

Matthew Greene (240) 777-3631, Steve Brown (240) 777-3685, Trivens Kargbo (240) 777-3794, Ros Mordecai (240) 777-3621


Members (some are pending official appointment): Gail Fisher, Chair, Brad Anthony, Kenrick Brooks, Tonia Bui, Jasper Cox, Soo Kyung Koo, Sharon Macauley, Jeff Merkowitz, Jendayi Nyabingi, Julie Peller, Vaughn Stewart, LaVonne Torrence-Berner, Barbara Wilson, Mekia Winder, Sarah Wolek.  


Information on past CDBG Public Service Grants, the CFY19 CDBG grant application, and the Department's Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development can be found here:

Information for members, fall 2017

October 17 (Tuesday). 
Public Hearing at 7:30 PM. We'll have a pre-hearing meeting and dinner at 6:30 in the sixth floor conference room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, followed by the 7:30 hearing in the seventh floor hearing room. Members can park in the public portion of the parking garage at the back of the building via the entrance on Monroe Street closest to East Jefferson Street.

October 24 (Tuesday). Meeting for CDAC members only at 6:30 PM. We'll have dinner, receive subcommittee assignments, and discuss the interview / application review process. This, and all subsequent meetings, will be at DHCA's new office location at 1401 Rockville Pike, fourth floor. You can park in the garage at the back of the building and bring your ticket up for validation.

We've arranged for Tuesday evening applicant interview meetings for the subcommittees on October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5 beginning at 7:00 at 1401 Rockville Pike. We expect to conclude interviews in just three or four nights. We will provide a simple dinner and members are encouraged to come early to eat and prepare for the interviews. This schedule may change on the night on October 24 or later depending on the needs of each subcommittee.

CDBG Applications Summary

Rating Sheet

Budget Review Considerations

Reimbursement form

Oct 24 powerpoint show

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