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Head Start

For a number of children in Columbia, going to Head Start meant riding the bus more than an hour each way. This was a hard on the preschool children, and it made it very difficult for their parents to participate in the school or its parenting classes. After meetings with PATH and an action with more than 300 leaders, the County government agreed to rent a space in Long Reach and expand the program from four to six hours a day.

 

PATH leaders also heard from parents who were not always able to send their children to the program, because Head Start only had one bus to serve its families, and it would break down frequently. PATH was able to secure three brand new buses to serve Head Start families, working with the county and federal government!

In the News

Council agrees to PATH ask – Orders independent analysis of TIF proposal

As the Howard County Council reviews a historic public financing deal tied to the redevelopment of downtown Columbia, Council Chairman Calvin Ball called for an independent analysis of a $90 million public financing tool that warrants what he calls a “thorough, independent and critical review.”…

People Acting Together in Howard, a large community organization in the county, called for the independent analysis at a hearing on Thursday.

 

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Great write up of PATH Solidarity Campaign in the Jewish Times

In direct response to last  December’s attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., which left 14 dead and 21 injured, Howard County faith leaders and People Acting Together in Howard, a broad-based community action group, held several  interfaith dialogues as a way  to fight against anti-Muslim sentiment.

“After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, PATH began having conversations with members of the [local Muslim community] who were feeling uncomfortable and like they were being watched and targeted,” said Jake Cohen, lead organizer at PATH…

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PATH on Local ABC station WMAR 12/6/15

PATH leaders working to counter rising Islamophobia in Howard County and Maryland.

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Take Action: Sign the Petition to Keep the Stormwater Fee and Join PATH on Tuesday, Jan 19, 6:45pm at the Council Hearing

County Executive Kittleman and County Councilman Fox have proposed to eliminate the Stormwater Fee, which generates roughly $10 million annually to keep pollutants out of the Chesapeake Bay, and instead to take that funding from the General Fund. The current fee helps provide funding for programs like the READY Program (created by PATH, the Alliance for the Chesapeake, and the county), which employ local youth to do stormwater remediation and develop job skills. If the funding were forced to come from the general fund, it could take away from funding for other important PATH initiatives, such as increasing transportation for seniors, increasing affordable housing in Howard County, and improving educational opportunities for young people. Long term, it could also harm the READY program if Howard County experiences a fiscal downturn and the general fund decreases.
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The County Council needs to see that County residents support the Stormwater Fee as it exists today. Please sign the petition below to Keep The Fee and join PATH on Tuesday, January 19, 6:45 pm, at the County Council Hearing (George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, MD) where they will vote on this important bill!

Sign The Petition HERE

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