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The unanimous vote by the Howard County Council on April 4th in favor of CR29 helped set in motion the realization of a 10-year journey to create Patuxent Commons, a unique concept in disability, affordable, and intergenerational housing!  We are grateful for the support our our Howard County Council and the MANY supporters who have worked with us to bring this project to life.  THANK YOU!





On March 21, the Howard County Council held a hearing on CR29, legislation that will advance our Patuxent Commons housing initiative to reach a critical milestone!   

Nearly two dozen HCAS members and Patuxent Commons advocates gave powerful testimony at Monday night’s legislative hearing before the Howard County Council.  If you didn’t catch it, read this Baltimore Sun article for all the details.  You can also watch a recording of the hearing here ( Our advocates’ testimony begins at the 1 hour, 56 minute mark.  #Itwasalongnight  #LeadtheWayHoCoCouncil

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CR29 will provide a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for Patuxent Commons, which will generate financial support for the project and ensure it meets the requirements needed to receive a waiver from APFO (Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance).  The APFO waiver is essential for Patuxent Commons to developed at the outstanding location Mission First has secured for it in Hickory Ridge.

The Council hearing on CR29 will be at 7pm this Monday, March 21, at the George Howard Building, 3450 Courthouse Road in Ellicott City, MD.  A vote is expected two weeks later, on Monday, April 4, at 7pm.  We need a majority of the five-member Council to vote for CR29 in order for it to pass.

Here’s how you can help:

Help HCAS and fellow advocates pack the house at this Monday’s Council hearing by showing up and showing your support.   If you can’t make it in-person, tune in here Monday night to attend virtually.

Here are four other options for ensuring your voice is heard:

  1. Sign up here to provide verbal testimony at Monday’s Council hearing.
  2. Provide written testimony to the Council expressing your support for the project and CR29. Send it to the Council at CouncilMail@HowardCountyMD.Gov before Monday at 3pm.​​​​​​​
  3. Send an email to your individual Councilmember requesting their support for CR29. Here are their email addresses:

District 1: Liz Walsh:

District 2: Opel Jones (Council Chair):

District 3: Christiana Rigby (Council Vice Chair)

District 4: Deb Jung:

District 5: David Yungmann:​​​​​​​

  1. Prepare a quick, 45-second video on social media explaining why this project is so important to you and your family. Post it in your social media between March 22 and April 3 and share it with your Councilmember’s social media. We can provide you with all the social media information needed.

We’ve put together an advocacy tool kit to help you with all the above activities.  It includes advice about how to assemble testimony and make all your advocacy communications as impactful as possible.  Email us at and we’ll send you the tool kit pronto. We’d also be happy to answer any questions you might have. Reach out!

Now, more than ever, we need your support.  Working together we can pass CR29 and ensure that our vision for affordable, inclusive housing for people of all abilities is achieved in Howard County!

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Meet Patuxent Commons! November 5th @ 6:30pm

Join us virtually for this introduction of Patuxent Commons to the community!  Our team will be on hand to answer any of your questions.  CLICK for meeting link.

Images of Patuxent Commons! – Fall 2020

We’re delighted to share these exciting images of the Patuxent Commons community!

HCAS has led the effort to develop Patuxent Commons as a partial solution to the housing crisis facing adults with autism and other disabilities in Howard County.

Our members have provided crucial seed funding and the input needed to bring this initiative forward from a promising idea to a viable concept. After a competitive selection process, Mission First Housing Group was selected to serve as the project’s developer. Earlier this year, Mission First secured an outstanding, transit-accessible location for the project in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood.

These preliminary images were designed by Moseley Architects, who’ve been working with us on this effort for the last three years. Click here for a fact sheet with all the details about Patuxent Commons.

This is an exciting stage in Patuxent Commons’ development but much work remains to be done. We have an important public meeting scheduled next week on Thursday, November 5, that we hope you’ll attend. Click for more information and access to the meeting link.

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The demand for affordable housing options for adults with autism and other disabilities in Howard County is rapidly growing. The HCAS Housing Committee has spent more than two years researching supportive housing models from across the country that could be adapted to address this pressing need. This process led HCAS to identify the intentional, intergenerational community model as an approach that could bring inclusive, affordable housing to Howard County. The model has been used successfully to support child welfare-involved populations in award-winning communities such as Bridge Meadows in Portland, Oregon, where it’s demonstrated effectiveness in increasing housing stability and reducing social isolation.

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Patuxent Commons In the News

Check out this article from The Business Monthly titled “Innovation and Inclusivity Driving New Housing Initiative in Howard County.”

We were the subject of an article in the Baltimore Sun/Howard County Times. Read about us online in The Baltimore Sun.

Patuxent Commons was a 2018 Finalist for the Changemaker Challenge sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland!

Patuxent Commons Supporters

  • Envision Fund – Catonsville Presbyterian Church
  • Harkins Builders
  • Mosley Architects
  • PNC Bank
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • And many generous individual donors