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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Launches Prince George’s County Two-Generation Family Economic Security Pilot Program

Nationally Recognized Approach Addresses Multigenerational Poverty Across Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today joined the Maryland Department of Human Services and Prince George’s County Community College to announce the expansion of the Two-Generation Family Economic Security Pilot Program in Prince George’s County. The first pilot was launched by the lieutenant governor in Dorchester County in March. The dual-county pilot will advise policy recommendations to replicate the Hogan administration’s “Two-Gen” efforts statewide.

Lt. Governor Rutherford was joined by Maryland Department of Human Services Secretary Lourdes Padilla, Prince George’s County Community College Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Clayton A. Railey, and Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Director Gloria Brown for the announcement.

“Breaking the cycle of multigenerational poverty is critical to ensuring a better quality of life for all of our citizens,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford, who serves as ex-officio chair of the Two-Generation Family Economic Security Commission. “This innovative approach will further strengthen Maryland families by helping them develop the critical skills and support systems they need to achieve a better quality of life.”

Administered by Prince George’s Community College, the pilot will provide opportunities for parents and children to simultaneously receive high-quality education and training. The comprehensive program will offer wrap-around services for families under the same roof, creating an environment where community development is fostered along with family development.

Following an evaluation of the two pilots this fall, the Two-Generation Family Economic Security Commission will convene and submit a final report to Governor Larry Hogan that will include lessons learned and potential recommendations to the General Assembly’s 2019 legislative session. Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order establishing the commission in March 2017.