Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Community Action Center

A Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NON) Site

Mission: To reduce poverty, increase self-sufficiency and empower Montgomery County
residents by​ providing or linking them with services and resources.


Following Montgomery County guidance, the TESS Community Action Center is closed for walk-in services.  Community members seeking public benefits and private resources will continue to be served remotely by staff members via telephone and email. 

Please call 240-773-8260 for instructions on how to request assistance. 

Free Financial Counseling

Click on the flier and scroll down to see information in English, Amharic, and Spanish.

Free Financial counseling

8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
TTY users, call MD Relay: 711

TESS Brochure in  EnglishSpanish, and  Amharic

The Community Action Agency's TESS Center is a walk-in site serving Montgomery County residents. Its information and referrals, social service assistance, interpretation and translation, education, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and legal services are delivered in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies and community groups. As one of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network sites in the community, the TESS Center aims to bring County programs and services to residents in a convenient, easy to find location.

Open to the Public: Monday - Wednesday and Friday, 9 am - 3 pm/ Thursday, 9 am - 12 pm
Appointments: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 - 3 pm
(Triage, appointments, assessment, problem solving)
Free Legal Services: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (Registration from 6 - 7 pm.  
(Space is limited)
15-minute legal consultations provided by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Pro Bono Program
Please click  HERE for directions to the TESS Center.
TESS Center Senior Social TESS Center Senior Social
TESS Center Summer Meals Program TESS Center Summer Meals Program
The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger.

For over 30 years, the Holiday Giving Project (HGP) of Montgomery County, Maryland, has provided Thanksgiving and December holiday assistance to low-income households.
County Executive Leggett Honors the TESS Center TESS Center staff receive certificates of appreciation

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