PLCC News

July 2, 2020

Sheila Somashekhar Named Director of Purple Line Corridor Coalition

PLCC News Release, Maggie Haslam
The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC) has tapped Sheila Somashekhar, a seasoned community changemaker, as the coalition’s inaugural director.
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December 25, 2019

Purple Line Housing Plan Urges County To Improve Housing Affordability

The Sentinel, José Umaña
PG County must start increasing funding for affordable housing, manage the growing interest on open properties and establish new legislation protecting renters that will live along the new Purple Line light rail corridor.
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December 13, 2019

How To Limit Gentrification Along The Purple Line, According To Housing Advocates

WAMU, Ally Schweitzer
The coalition’s new Housing Action Plan recommends steps that officials and advocates can take to preserve affordable housing and reduce displacement along the path of the 16-mile light rail, which is expected to transform economically distressed neighborhoods in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties when it begins service in 2023.
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December 13, 2019

Plan seeks to keep housing affordable along Purple Line Corridor

WTOP, Neal Augenstein
As construction continues on the Purple Line — 16 miles of light rail that will connect the Bethesda Metro, in Montgomery County with the New Carrollton Metro, in Prince George’s County — a new plan lays out the challenges and possibilities in preserving affordable housing.
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December 12, 2019

County Needs $100 Million to Preserve Housing Along the Purple Line Corridor, Report Says

Bethesda Magazine, Kate Masters
To preserve affordable housing along the Purple Line Corridor, a new report recommends that Montgomery County invest $100 million in its Housing Initiative Fund — a reserve dedicated to below-market housing projects.
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December 12, 2019

The Purple Line could endanger up to 17,000 affordable homes. A new action plan IDs ways to preserve them.

Washington Business Journal, Alex Koma
Montgomery and Prince George’s counties need to take action now to preserve 17,000 affordable homes along the path of the Purple Line, according to a new action plan developed by a coalition of public and private sector groups.
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December 12, 2019

Montgomery, Prince George’s should double housing funds to protect Purple Line areas.

Washington Post, Rebecca Tan
The Purple Line Corridor Coalition, a group of public and private organizations in Maryland, released a 12-point “Housing Action Plan” on Thursday for how to ensure that 17,000 housing units along the 16-mile rail line remain affordable to households earning less than $70,000 annually.
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December 11, 2019

PLCC Releases Housing Action Plan

Public, private and nonprofit partners seek to ensure housing stability for existing residents and preserve or create at least 17,000 affordable homes along new Purple Line transit corridor.
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November 30, 2019

PLCC Honored for Stakeholder Collaboration

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), housed within the National Center for Smart Growth, was honored this month with the Collaboration Award given by the Community Development Network of Maryland.
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October 22, 2019

JPMorgan Chase commits $5 million to combat gentrification along the Purple Line

Washington Post,Robert McCartney
A major national bank has committed $5 million to nonprofits to support affordable housing and small businesses threatened by development expected to follow the Purple Line being built in Washington’s Maryland suburbs.
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