October 15, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Permanent Housing for County’s Homeless Set to Open in January

By the beginning of 2022, Montgomery County’s brand new permanent shelter for 200 homeless males will open on Nebel Street in Rockville. Currently, the county mostly houses its homeless in temporary shelters, some that are only available during very cold or very hot weather. Others are housed in area hotels and still others are moved […]

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July 21, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Hope Homelessness in County Will Someday Be ‘Rare, Brief and Non-Recurring’

88 people who experienced homelessness in Montgomery County have died since 2020 began. County leaders held a memorial service Wednesday at the Executive Office Building Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in Rockville to remember those who experienced homelessness and have passed away. Most community members were permanently housed at the time of their passing and all received […]

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July 21, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Pauses to Remember Homeless Who Died During 2020-2021

The 88 homeless, formerly-homeless or those living in temporary housing who died in 2020 and 2021 were military veterans, dedicated mothers, a professional soccer player, a professor and a gifted woodworker. “They were moms and dads. They were someone’s brothers and sisters. All of them were someone’s child,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz during […]

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May 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Homelessness Decreased, Especially Among Families with Children, During Area One-Day Count

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness decreased by 52% between the 2020 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Point-in-Time survey to the 2021 survey. Overall, the number of persons experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County dropped by 14%. During the point-in-time survey, which was conducted on Jan. 27, county staff, members of several nonprofits who […]

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April 21, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Considers Requiring Permits for Anyone Soliciting in Roadway

Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing May 11 on a proposal to require permits for anyone soliciting from vehicles on roads that have speed limits greater than 25 miles per hour. The proposal, introduced by Councilmember Craig Rice, is designed to prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths. There have been two fatalities, one in […]

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December 8, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Woman Puts Best Shoes Forward for the Homeless

Mallery Perkins has lived in Silver Spring for only a year, but that has been enough for her to get involved with helping the homeless she sees living on the streets. During December, she is collecting gently-used sneakers and boots for the homeless, culminating in a Dec. 26 event at Jesup Blair Park on Georgia […]

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November 19, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Number of Residents Using Victim Services Nearly Doubled Compared to 2019

Montgomery County resident use of domestic and sexual violence victim services under the county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) nearly doubled this year compared to 2019 data. Intakes for the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) and the Abused Persons Program (APP) were 91% higher between Jan.-June 2020 than they were between […]

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October 29, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Needs Another Facility to Shelter its Homeless Population

Montgomery County needs a new facility to house its homeless population to accommodate 200 single men, 100 single women and a surge capacity of another 100 people. Currently, the county is using a temporary office building, county recreation buildings and hotel rooms, according to information from the Health and Human Services Committee Planning, Housing and […]

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April 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Homeless Shelter For Men Will be Expanded

Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed Tuesday morning to spend $1,140,000 to build an addition to its men’s homeless shelter in Rockville. The council also discussed allocating up to $2 million to help residents pay their rent rather than be evicted. A public hearing on this matter is set for April 28. A 4,500-square foot addition […]

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March 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Local Nonprofit Helping the Homeless During Pandemic

Interfaith Works is a nonprofit organization that has been serving people experiencing homelessness and poverty throughout Montgomery County since 1972. The longstanding nonprofit remains committed to their mission, especially during the recent coronavirus outbreak. Although many places have closed their doors, Interfaith Works is still up and running helping those who are experiencing homelessness throughout […]

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