Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless programs.

There is a strong focus of preventing homelessness and providing rehousing services. This is one of the main goals of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, and they offer some of their own resources as well as partnerships with other non-profits and charities.

Shelter and referrals to emergency financial aid for rent, utilities, or security deposits is available from the coalition, which is a leading organization in Maryland. For individuals and families living with the burden of facing evictions or homelessness, there is a wide range of programs and housing options available to assist them.

One of the permanent housing programs operated by the Coalition is Cordell Place. With its centralized location in downtown Bethesda Maryland, this facility features a common room, shared kitchens and other household amenities. All residents of Cordell Place receive on site case management services and are offered opportunities to participate in a number of events and activities within the community.

Creative Housing Initiative Pilot Project (CHIPP) is another housing solution that is available through Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. This provides supportive and permanent homes as well as case management within the confines of an apartment complex in Germantown. This MCCH project consists of providing housing for formerly homeless clients, including single parents or those who have frequented emergency medical and corrections systems on numerous occasions.

The participants remain in their housing that is given to them, but they will need to pay some of their income towards rent. During their stay, they will receive intensive, individualistic support services. All of the support will remain the same for the participants even after the project’s study portion and data collection is completed.

Some of the intensive and supportive services provided on site for the participants includes on-site case management, applications to government subsidized housing, fully furnished apartments, life skills training and help in locating and retaining a primary health care provider along with mental health and drug treatment access if needed.




Formerly known as the Men’s Emergency Shelter, the Home Builders Care Assessment Center from Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is another program available through MCCH. Providing emergency shelter to men, the agency offers these members of the community a brief respite from the harsh realities of living with homelessness.

In addition to providing a safe, secure shelter, both night or day for these men, other services include providing basic conditions to meet their daily needs such as beds, showers and food. More intensive, in-depth services offered includes medical care, job training, case management and vocational counseling services to help them find gainful employment.

Another permanent housing program that provides support to single adults who have lived chronically in the harsh conditions of homelessness is Home First. This particular center is located within the Silver Spring Maryland community. It is made up of apartments in one building and other scattered sites, and using these locations the organization is able to provide its residents with case management services based on assessments of the individual’s needs and background. Similar to this is their Seneca Heights Apartments program, which is also for formerly homeless people in the community, even including senior citizens.

Much more is offered by Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless though. A list of other services provided to these adults includes intensive life skills training, subsidized housing, fully furnished living units, and applications to government benefits such as section 8. When it is time to move into another home, a case manager can provide referrals to government grants that may help with moving costs or the security deposit.

Hope Housing provides permanent accommodations to the disabled in the region and those individuals who were formerly homeless. This specific program works in collaboration with partners including Stepping Stones Shelter as well as Interfaith Works to offer one to one assistance and support to dozens of individuals and families. MCCH oversees the operations and finances involved in sustaining these individuals and families residing in Hope Housing.





Partnership for Permanent Housing, or PPH, is available in partnership with other groups, including the Montgomery county government, the Housing Opportunities Commission and private foundations. PPH works by combining the case management aspect of transitional housing programs with faster, more accessible access leading to long term housing.

Any apartments offered to clients come in the form of subsidized, permanent housing. There is also other assistance, such as financial and social services for struggling, low-income, at-risk households. What these households can expect to receive in terms of services includes grants for rent as a form of housing subsidy, help finding and affording safe housing, location services, and also one on one classes and workshops with a case manager.

People with a mental illness can look into Safe Havens from Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. Short term shelter is combined with counseling, on site psychiatric services, and development of appropriate life skills, and all of this is based on individual diagnosis and backgrounds. The main goal of the Safe Havens program is help clients on the path to independence and self-reliance and living within a safe, secure home environment.

Numerous short term shelters, transitional housing, and other services are administered by Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. The main office is at 600-B East Gude Drive, Rockville, MD 20850, and the agency can be called at 301-217-0314.



By Jon McNamara

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