Earlier this year, MCCH evacuated our administrative offices and men’s emergency shelter, which were on the same campus as a Montgomery County owned-and-operated methane plant on the site of the county's landfill on Gude Drive in Rockville.
As described in this recent Washington Post article, mechanical issues at the methane plant led to the emergency relocation of MCCH’s administrative offices in February 2019 and the HBCAC men’s emergency shelter in May 2019. Per the article, we are waiting for the results of a study conducted in June 2019 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control. This study included measurements of the infrasound vibrations on the Gude Drive campus, as well as interviews with 45 MCCH staff members who worked on that campus and experienced these vibrations. NIOSH has not committed to a date to release their findings to MCCH and Montgomery County government.
We are working with the county to identify long-term space solutions for our administrative offices and the shelter. These solutions assume we will not return to the Gude Drive campus for the foreseeable future.
As a valued supporter of our work, we will update you in the coming months. In the interim, we welcome any questions you have about this extraordinary situation. Please contact MCCH's Chief Development Officer Debbie Ezrin at email@example.com or 301-917-6644.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and especially our clients, thank you for your commitment and compassion for our community's most vulnerable residents.