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 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Homelessness Decreases in County During Pandemic

During the pandemic, homelessness decreased in the county. That’s according to John Mendez, executive director of Bethesda Cares, a non-profit organization that works to end homelessness in Montgomery County. “We’ve seen a drastic reduction,” Mendez said during a virtual talk sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries on Monday. He attributed the efforts of the county […]

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July 7, 2021 | Maya Rosenberg

Homeless Shelters Open 24/7 in Extreme Heat

With extreme heat and hyperthermia warnings expected to continue throughout the summer, Montgomery County wants its homeless population to know that homeless shelters will be open day and night. “During the pandemic, we’ve kept all our shelters open like it was an [extreme weather] event,” Mary Anderson, the county’s health and human services spokeswoman said. […]

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October 15, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Hogan, Frosh Announce $11.7 Million for Housing-Related Legal Services

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Gov. Larry Hogan announced that $11.7 million in general funds will go towards providing legal services to families facing eviction and homelessness. The funds will be directed to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC), which makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide legal services for low-income Marylanders. Since 1982, […]

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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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