Housing Services in Montgomery County

Heather Jauquet

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The Dwelling Place’s Board President, James Bond, says it best when providing services to help people find stability: “Our value is seen in the Proverb of 'give a man a fish you feed him for a day. You teach a man to fish and you him for a lifetime.' Like the Proverb, we are you to fish. That way, you can learn to be resourceful, gain stability and maintain it.”

When the pandemic came to Maryland, many people found themselves without jobs and in some cases without homes. Even though there were COVID assistance programs in place and there was leniency towards rent and utility payments, the bills still accrued and many found that they could not keep up with the growing debt. There are organizations in place across Montgomery County to help individuals and families get back on their feet towards stability.

One of the first places to look is the school system. If there are school-aged children involved, school counseling offices have information to help parents find resources when looking for homeless prevention assistance. With school buildings closed, accessing those services became harder. However, Montgomery County has resources in place. Two that are highlighted in this article are The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless and The Dwelling Place. The goal of each is to help people find their way to housing and financial stability.

The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is one place to begin looking for help. They have emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing programs. For veterans, they have VA Safe Havens emergency shelter programs and Operation Homecoming that is a permanent supportive Housing Program for families. The MCCH supports single adults, families, and veterans.

Their philosophy is that housing a human right and they work with individuals and families to address the causes of homelessness. Their vision is “To end homelessness in Montgomery County by building a community where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.”

The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

Address: 405 East Gude Drive, Suite 209, Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-217-0314

Email: mcch@mcch.net

The Dwelling Place is another place where people can find housing assistance and career enhancement skills. They provide case managers to help individuals and families access and the resource they need to get back on their feet. They are one of the places in Montgomery County that offers transitional housing.

Montgomery County has a central point of intake for all homeless families seeking services and support within the county. Before being referred to The Dwelling Place, families must first go to one of the three intake offices in Rockville, Silver Spring, or Germantown. The intake service centers are open Monday through Friday 8:30am-5pm. Families will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Dwelling Place cannot see any families that have been referred by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

The Dwelling Place

Address: 19632 Club House Road, STE 510 Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Phone 240-81301603

Rockville Office

1301 Piccard Drive, 2nd Floor

Rockville, MD 20850

(240) 777-4550

Silver Spring Office

8818 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD

(240) 777-3075

Germantown Office

12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd Floor

Germantown, MD

(240) 777-4448

After 5:00 p.m., contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center, 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville (240) 777-4000

Not only does The Dwelling Place offer transitional housing, but they also have case managers that help families find stability and self-sufficiency through career enhancement skills and financial literacy.

Our mission is to help homeless families with their pursuit of self-sufficiency by providing housing, education, financial and life skills, and career enhancement opportunities.—The Dwelling Place

Do you know of any other resources in Montgomery County? Please share them in the comments! Thank you for reading.

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