Photos by Marleen Van den Neste
What It Means to Have a Home . . . in a Single Word
Ending homelessness may seem like an insurmountable goal, but we believe that Montgomery County can make homelessness a rare, brief, and nonrecurring experience.
We are often asked, “In a community as wealthy as Montgomery County, why are people homeless?”
The most common causes are:
- Lack of affordable housing
- Domestic violence
- Chronic health conditions
- Mental illness
- Substance use
Homelessness can happen to anyone – your friend, neighbor, or even a member of your family. A single event – an illness, job loss or other economic hardship – can lead to the experience of homelessness. Learn more by reading the 2016 Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington Report.
At MCCH, we address the community’s challenge through direct services that uplift people, as well as engaging in advocacy to create real systems change. Over the course of our long history, we have built strong partnerships with local and federal government agencies, other nonprofit organizations, and a wide range of community groups to provide the best support and services for our clients. Our collaborations foster positive systems change to build a community where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.
To learn what you can do to help, click here.