On December 15, 2015, Montgomery County reached its goal of ending homelessness for County veterans by achieving a “functional zero” level through housing 58 veterans during 2015.
This achievement is due to the dedication of a robust local public-private partnership that guided the County’s participation in two national campaigns that provided technical support and shared of best practice methods: the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness led by First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the Zero: 2016 Campaign.
Montgomery County is one of 75 communities nationwide participating in Zero: 2016, a national campaign to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2017.
Montgomery County led local efforts to end veteran homelessness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) DC Medical Center, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Council, the County’s Comission on Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Opportunities Commission, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), Bethesda Cares, and other agencies serving veterans.
MCCH was awarded funding by the County to create our Operation Homecoming permanent supportive housing program to serve up to 20 of our community’s most vulnerable veterans, 15 single adults and five families who are experiencing homelessness in our community. This program launched in October 2015.
The Washington Post: No veteran is homeless in Montgomery County, officials announce
Huffington Post: How A County Outside DC Basically Ended Homelessness For All Vets
The Kojo Nnamdi Show: How A Maryland County Effectively Ended Veteran Homelessness
The WYPR Midday Show: Ending Veteran Homelessness
Montgomery County Council videos: