The Montgomery Housing Alliance is a coalition of organizations
focused on increasing
the rate of preservation and development of affordable housing
in Montgomery County.
The Maryland primary elections will be held on Tuesday, July 19 (with early voting July 7 - 14).
MHA has compiled a questionnaire for candidates seeking the position of Montgomery County Executive. The questionnaire covers a variety of housing issues, including homelessness, zoning, affordable rental housing, and home ownership. All candidates for County Executive were given 3 weeks to submit responses. To view their full responses, see below and click the links to submitted questionnaires.
Democratic Party Candidates
David Blair: View Responses
Marc Elrich: View Responses
Hans Riemer: View Responses
Peter James: Did Not Respond
Republican Party Candidates
Shelly Skolnick: Did Not Respond
Reardon Sullivan: Did Not Respond
Green Party Candidate
Devin Battley (Candidate for General Election only): Did Not Respond
For more resources and information on the 2022 elections, visit the
In May, the Montgomery County Council formally approved the county's 2023 budget. The budget includes historic levels of funding for housing programs, a direct result of advocacy by MHA members and our networks.
Altogether, Montgomery County will see $140 million in housing spending this year. This includes:
Since our formation, MHA's top advocacy priority has been ensuring adequate funding for the county's Housing Initiative Fund (HIF). For the past four years we have advocated for a sustained investment of at least $100 million in the HIF. MHA will continue our advocacy and work with elected officials to ensure that future years match this level of funding, in order to meet the county's housing targets.
Montgomery Housing Alliance members include non-profit developers, for-profit developers with a specific interest in affordable housing, non-profit organizations that serve people in need of affordable housing, and other groups who count affordable housing as one of their policy goals.
We advocate for County and State policies that increase resources for preservation and development, in order to ensure that Montgomery County residents with low incomes and moderate (those households earning at or below 80% of the area median income) have access to affordable homes.
We advocate for regulatory policies that maximize affordable housing development, including policies that expedite the development process for properties with plan to preserve or develop affordable housing.
We advocate for policies that incentivize and facilitate investment by private institutions, such as banks, hospitals, and foundations.
We advocate for policies that expand affordable housing options near transit hubs and along transit corridors, so residents have access to jobs and amenities, reduce transportation costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions cause by long commutes.
We advocate for policies that ensure residents of all incomes, races, and ethnicities benefit from economic growth in Montgomery County. We support policies that promote mixed-income development as a means to strengthen communities and improve opportunities for low-income households.
We advocate for policies that place an emphasis on the needs of priority populations, including seniors, very low-income and extremely low-income households, homeless persons, and individuals with disabilities.