Officials say homelessness in Montgomery County has significantly decreased. This comes after a study done by the county over the past year.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County went down by 23% over the past year. Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless CEO, Susie Sinclair-Smith, reported: “We went from 840 men, women and children experiencing homelessness on one night to 647.” This means over 200 people are no longer experiencing homelessness. “It means we made great success in reducing the numbers,” Sinclair added.
The study is part of a regional analysis and report done by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Employee of Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Jen Schiller, said: “It’s more than just the sheer number of programs that we have. It’s our philosophy of how we run our programs that makes it so effective.”
MCCH runs two main programs: Emergency Shelter Programming and Permanent Supportive Housing. This is a joint effort with non-profit homeless shelters and organizations. “I think this reduction in numbers is directly attributed to these really focused target efforts,” Sinclair stated.
Officials say they are continuing their efforts to keep the numbers down and to end homelessness altogether.
The county also reached their goal of ending veteran homelessness in December 2015.