December 30 Community Connections Newsletter

Prince George’s Proud: An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks

Dear Prince Georgians:

It is hard to believe that this year is already coming to an end. It has been such a productive year here in Prince George’s County, and we have truly made tremendous strides – from navigating an unprecedented vaccine rollout to strengthening affordable housing opportunities for residents and breaking ground on nine new schools that will help enhance the lives of our children and their education. We know that we have so much more to accomplish, and I am excited about what’s to come in 2022.

As we enter into the new year, our legislative team will be preparing for the 44th session of the General Assembly in Annapolis, which is scheduled from Wednesday, January 12 to Monday, April 11, 2022. Our legislative team will work with our State Delegation to represent Prince Georgians and advocate for our legislative priorities for the year, which include healthcare, economic development and housing, transportation, and more. We encourage Prince Georgians to stay tuned for important updates about the upcoming legislative session.

In addition to the important work we will be doing in Annapolis in the coming months, we will also be continuing our efforts to keep our communities safe. We have been working tirelessly to support our public safety agencies as we face a rise in violent crime in our County, and we have continued to assure Prince Georgians that we were going to develop new solutions to address this issue.

In October, we launched our new anti-gun violence initiative, the Hope in Action Anti-Violence Project. The goal of this project is to strengthen sustainable peace efforts in Prince George’s County by helping to reduce violent crime through collaboration with local law enforcement and community stakeholders. This effort will identify individuals at the highest risk of gun violence to coordinate individualized wraparound resources that will guide them in a more positive direction and reduce their chances of participating in violent activity.

We know that we cannot do this work alone, and that is why we are now asking for the support of our local non-profit community. Earlier this month, we announced that a Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available for organizations in the area who are interested in applying for a mini grant to support our Hope in Action Anti-Violence Project. We will provide grants up to $50,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to support programming in the areas of youth mentoring, diversion programming, after-school enrichment services, and employment services. We encourage all eligible non-profit organizations to apply for this grant funding to make a positive impact in our communities while keeping Prince Georgians safe.

The RFP is available until Friday, January 14, 2022. For more information and to complete an application, visit the Hope in Action Anti-Violence Project Fund webpage here. Organizations interested in applying can also contact the Office of Community Relations at 301-952-4729 for more information.

Lastly, we would like to congratulate each of the honorees of the 44th Annual Public Safety Valor Awards. For the last 44 years, Prince George’s County has taken the opportunity to recognize and honor the heroic acts of some of our bravest and best public safety personnel through our Public Safety Valor Awards. During the past year, the courageous men and women that make up our public safety team have continued to risk their own lives and safety to keep Prince Georgians safe and healthy. Their acts of bravery and heroism are a true testament to their dedication and commitment, and we sincerely thank them for their continued service to our community. You can view the virtual presentation of the 44th Annual Public Safety Valor Awards Ceremony here.

As we close out the year and reflect on all that we have accomplished, we have so much to be proud of as a community. We could not have come this far without the support of Prince Georgians, and we want to thank each of you for helping to ensure that Prince George’s County continues to be a great place to live, work, and play.

Yours in service,
Angela AlsobrooksPrince George’s County Executive

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