Following the events culminating in a drastic rent increases and displacement of some residents at Hampshire Towers Apartments in ward 6 of Takoma Park in August 2015, the CHEER Community Association has organized a meeting with several tenant association and rental community leaders for October 6. Read More
Takoma Park City Elections will be held on Tuesday November 3, 2015. CHEER (Community Health & Empowerment through Education & Research), in collaboration with local neighborhood associations, has developed a survey to learn about the campaign issues important to residents of Takoma Park. The survey will be used to form questions asked to Takoma Park mayoral candidates during upcoming community forums. To take the survey please click on the link below.
Results from July 2015 Civic Engagement Focus Groups
In July CHEER convened two focus groups to look at the barriers to civic participation in Takoma Park and Long Branch and how to overcome them. The groups included both low income and immigrant residents. Below is a consolidated list of the barriers and six suggested areas of focus for developing strategies to overcome these barriers to civic life.
The Long Branch Partners is a collaboration of different organizations and agencies that serve the Long Branch community. A Long Branch Partners meeting led by CHEER was held last Thursday July 9th at the Long Branch Library. The purpose of the meeting was to create a common space in which local agencies and organizations working in Long Branch area can meet to share information, seek opportunities for future collaboration and begin to develop a sense of belonging to a network. At the meeting the partners assessed and discussed different community needs.
The CHEER Community Association (CCA) is a tool designed to help tenants in Long Branch and Takoma Park build and maintain community, and improve their quality of life. We help tenants start, sustain, and improve their Tenant Associations. We help tenant associations address common problems, so that tenants are informed of events, activities and resources, and prepared to meet crises when they arise. The CCA also supports and encourages tenants to participate in shared activities, get to know each other, and participate in civic affairs, such as voting in city elections. Read More