It is with a most heavy heart that we at the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland learned this morning that our beloved Maryland Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, our 2013 Robert C. Weaver Housing Champion Award recipient has left this earth (listen to his speech below).* During his entire life, Representative Cummings demonstrated repeatedly his unwavering support for and commitment to affordable housing and related issues improving the quality of life for all Marylanders and beyond.
Much has been and will continue to be written about the achievements, attributes and greatness of Representative Cummings. He touched positively the lives of millions of Americans knowingly and unknowingly. His brief time on earth had a major, significant impact on policies and programs that directly affected the lives of all Americans, but especially upon those residing in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in Baltimore. His Elijah Cummings Youth Program has transformed the lives of over 200 young people by providing unprecedented opportunities for students who otherwise might not have graduated from high school and college, who might not otherwise have traveled beyond Baltimore and the United States, who might never have experienced other cultures.
His Maryland House of Delegates and Congressional legislative accomplishments include serious reforms that prevent waste, fraud and abuse to ensure that government programs meet the needs of all Americans. Elijah Cummings was an exceptional human being whose footprints will forever be on our earth. His awards and honorary degrees recognizing his greatness are numerous. He embodied all that we mere humans should aspire to being.
Yes, Elijah E. Cummings was a public servant to all Americans. But today and forever, Representative Elijah E. Cummings also belongs to the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland. He is one of our own and he will be deeply missed. Sir, please help guide us from another plain, and we will do our best to live up to your ideals and high moral and ethical standards. Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Maya Rockeymoore his daughters, and extended family members. Rest In Peace and In Power our most dear friend.