Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building

Christine Hong, IW’s Director of Homeless Services will join a panel of social service leaders and Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal, chair of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee, at a community discussion on the State of Homelessness in Montgomery County on Monday, January 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring).  Uma Ahluwalia, Director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services will be part of the dialogue, along with leaders from Bethesda Cares, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless and Shepherd’s Table.

The State of Homelessness in Montgomery County will feature a presentation by Councilmember 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 every identified chronically homeless person in the County.

The 2017 Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of Persons Experiencing Homelessness found 894 individuals experiencing homelessness in the County, which was a decline of nine percent from the 2016.  This year’s 2018 PIT count occurred January 24. Results are expected this spring. Montgomery County uses a public-private partnership model to prevent and end homelessness.  The Montgomery County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) includes state and local government agencies, non-profit service providers, landlords and other stakeholders who are committed to eliminating homelessness. Montgomery County is focused on making homelessness “rare, brief and nonrecurring” by offering homeless prevention, diversion, street outreach, temporary shelter, shallow and deep housing subsidies and supportive services.

The County also follows the Housing First model and aligns assistance programs with the principles of low barrier access to housing and services, consumer choice, community integration and housing orientation. This reflects a shift away from the “housing readiness” model and towards a model where housing comes first and wraparound support services are offered to maintain housing stability.

 

The public is encouraged to attend the January 29 discussion on the State of Homelessness in Montgomery County at the Silver Spring Civic Building, which is located at One Veterans Place in Silver Spring.  Plenty of parking is available at the Town Square Garage at 801 Ellsworth Drive.  The closest Metro stop is the Silver Spring Station.