Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign Helps Push the National 100,000 Homes Campaign Over the Finish Line

Representatives from the local Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign to celebrate achieving the national goal to house 100,000 homeless individuals.

 

ROCKVILLE, MD, June 9, 2014— On Wednesday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m., the national 100,000 Homes Campaign will hold a press conference to announce that the 100,000th person has moved into permanent housing. The event will take place on the lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. HUD Secretary Donovan has confirmed his attendance.

Montgomery County and other communities have contributed to achieving the national goal to house 100,000 individuals who were experiencing homelessness across the nation. That number includes more than 30,000 veterans and represents an estimated annual taxpayer savings of $1.3 billion.

The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement coordinated by New York-based non-profit, Community Solutions.

“The 100,000 Homes Campaign matters because it shows that ending homelessness is possible and measurable,” said 100,000 Homes Campaign Director and former Army Captain Becky Kanis. “These communities have shown that no one is beyond help or out of reach. Those are just stories we tell ourselves to avoid taking action. By using data and getting smarter about how we work, we can solve this problem and eliminate the national tragedy of homelessness.”

In November 2013, the local Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign, a joint effort that includes Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and many other government agencies, nonprofits, organizations, and residents held a Registry Week to identify the most vulnerable homeless individuals in the County. Out of the 369 individuals surveyed, 159 were identified as the most vulnerable who face a high risk of death while experiencing homelessness.

“This County has done many things over the years to help address the needs of our homeless population,” said Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice. “The 100,000 Homes Campaign targets a special segment of this population—a population that has been difficult to reach. Through this program, and the steps that are being put in place, we now have a better chance of letting them tell us their needs and then directly working to find housing for these most vulnerable people.”

“This Campaign has ignited a sense of urgency to end homelessness for our most vulnerable neighbors in Montgomery County, and we’re glad MCCH can play an integral role with our County partners to advance this critical effort” says Susie Sinclair-Smith, MCCH Executive Director. Immediately following Registry Week, the Montgomery County Council awarded MCCH a special appropriation to permanent house the top 15 most medically vulnerable individuals identified by our local Campaign.

Since the Montgomery County Registry Week, a total of 29 of the most vulnerable homeless individuals have been placed into permanent supportive housing.

Resources to house an additional 15 individuals have been allocated to Interfaith Works. “We are very excited to receive funding to expand our program, which will enable to us to provide permanent housing for an additional 15 people who are among the most medically vulnerable identified through the Campaign,” says Priscilla Fox-Morrill, Interfaith Works Interim Executive Director.

Although the national campaign has reached its goal, currently the Montgomery County Campaign is gaining momentum to ensure that the goal is reached to place 159 of the most vulnerable homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing.

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County has decreased by 11% according to the Metropolitan Council on Governments Point-in-Time report, bringing the 2014 total down to 891 individuals. This decrease has been attributed to work of the Campaign.

“The County Council is not going to drop this issue,” said Council Vice President George Leventhal. “We are going to monitor the numbers, we are going to measure outcomes, and we are going to achieve a real reduction in the prevalence of homelessness in Montgomery County.”

“Montgomery County is committed to meeting the needs of all those men, women, and families in need of housing,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “No one should suffer for a lack of a roof over their heads. I’m proud to support the 100,000 Homes Campaign.”

Representatives from the local Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign will be attending the June 11 press conference at the Capitol Building and will be available for interview.

 

 

Contact:

Diane Aten 240-286-2764 daten@mcch.net

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