homelessness

July 28, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

As Eviction Hearings Can Resume, Council Approves $20 Million in Relief

The Montgomery County Council approved $20 million in funding for rental assistance and eviction and homelessness prevention.  The county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will administer the funds, which will be used toward programs that help tenants at risk of homelessness or eviction due to COVID-19, according to council documents. The prevention programs […]

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July 22, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Council to Vote Next Week on Additional Relief for Renters

The Montgomery County Council will vote next week on a request for an additional $20 million to provide relief for renters. The money would expand the County’s eviction and homelessness prevention programs, including the COVID-19 Rent Relief program. These programs provide financial assistance to prevent eviction and end homelessness, which is especially necessary during this […]

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June 12, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Homelessness in County Down 32% Since 2016

There are 670 homeless persons in Montgomery County, which is a slight increase from 647 in 2019, according to this year’s Point-in-Time survey of homelessness, which was released June 10. However, in the Greater Washington area, Montgomery County had the highest percentage reduction of its homeless population between 2016 and 2020. The county experienced a […]

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April 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise, Numbers Have Yet to Peak

The county currently is experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, according to Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles. However, the number of cases has not yet peaked, he said during a wide-ranging virtual community briefing on the pandemic late Thursday afternoon. The peak could come “as soon as this weekend, as […]

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May 2, 2019 | Staff Writer

County Survey Finds 23 Percent Decline in Homelessness

Montgomery County said Thursday the number of homeless people in its “point in time” survey decreased 23 percent. The county conducts the annual survey, counting the number of homeless people on one night, which was Jan. 23. The survey found 647 people who were homeless, compared to 840 people in 2019, a county statement said. […]

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July 18, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

County Sets Sights on Ending Homelessness for Families with Children

In past 12 months, Montgomery County served 606 homeless families with children, which accounted for more than 1,800 children. At an event Wednesday, the county launched an effort to end homelessness among homeless families with children by 2020. The county achieved “functional zero” for veterans homelessness in December 2015. “Next up is dealing with families […]

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February 8, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Casserole for a Cause Aims to Help Homeless

The months of January and February are often low in terms of donations for organizations that help to feed the most vulnerable individuals in the community. To help offset that shortfall, staff at Silver Spring Cares held its “Casseroles for a Cause” event over the weekend aimed to help organizations keep their “freezers filled,” according […]

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January 30, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Community Discusses Next Steps in Tackling Homelessness (VIDEO)

Keith Harmon has been homeless for seven years. He wonders where he will lay his head at night and said getting people to understand that he’s a person is a challenge he faces every single day. “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m not a drug addict, and I don’t have any mental problems,” he said. “I […]

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January 30, 2018 | Staff Writer

Dozens Attend Community Meeting to Discuss Homelessness

Dozens gathered in Silver Spring for a community meeting to discuss homelessness in the area. Following the meeting, Uma Ahluwalia, director for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, explains the next steps in ending chronic homelessness. IW's Christine Hong: We are seeing successes by offering multiple services in one location to address #poverty […]

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January 29, 2018 | Staff Writer

Homelessness Discussion Set for Tonight in Silver Spring

A community discussion on homelessness takes place tonight at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The meeting features a presentation by Councilmember George Leventhal on homelessness research and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with panelists covering the county’s homeless outreach efforts and the county’s “Inside (not Outside)” initiative, which has the goal of housing […]

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