The Dwelling Place Gaithersburg
620 E. Diamond Ave., Suite K
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Class of Housing: Housing programs families with children who reside in Montgomery County
The Dwelling Place supports homeless families in Montgomery County, MD, in their pursuit of self-sufficiency by providing housing, education, financial and life skills, and career enhancement opportunities.
Our programs are specifically designed for families with children who have resided in Montgomery County, Maryland, for at least 12 months; allowing them to stay together while we provide support and guidance.
Our clients must have custody of at least 1 minor child. Pregnant individuals do not qualify for the programs and must give birth to the child in order to be served in the homeless family system.
Families must be referred to us by Montgomery County’s Office of Special Needs Housing. We do not take direct referrals from individuals or other agencies. Clients needing homeless services should call or visit the Rockville, Silver Spring, or Germantown offices of Montgomery County Health and Human Services.
How the Programs Work
Families are encouraged to address the issues that led them to homelessness, including financial literacy, lack of employment, inadequate income, and vocational skills.
Families accepted into the programs are ready to address the challenge of making life-long changes. They agree to work with the program’s case managers to develop and carry out a personal action plan for achieving family independence. Case managers provide personalized support—the key piece of the formula for sustainable change.
WHAT WE PROVIDE:
SUBSIDIZED HOUSING (HOC Vouchers and HIP Subsidies) - Currently 9 Units
This program is for homeless families with children and clients receive both housing and intensive support services. Clients move into a fully furnished rental unit with the understanding that when they leave the program, all of the furnishings belong to them and are taken with them to their new home. They pay 30% of their adjusted gross income towards the full rent, receive case management on a regular basis, life skills training, resource referrals, in-kind gifts, and more.
OUTCOMES MEASURED FOR SUBSIDIZED HOUSING ARE:
Successful maintenance of financial and family stability
Record of paying rent and utilities on time
No more than 1 probationary action in 6 months
Progress toward long-term income stability
Improvement of life skills such as budgeting, saving, parenting, time management, etc.
Consistent school attendance and academic progress for all children
Score of “satisfied” or “very satisfied” in all three categories of self-reported consumer satisfaction survey:Responsiveness/Timeliness, Courtesy/Respect, and Overall Experience
HOUSING INITIATIVE PROGRAM (HIP) - The HIP program is designed to reduce the incidence of homelessness in the county by providing permanent supportive housing. The Dwelling Place provides service coordination to families who have obtained housing through HIP. We currently serve 18 families.
Helpful Definitions For The Dwelling Place Gaithersburg:
Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.
How To Volunteer at The Dwelling Place Gaithersburg:
Be a volunteer. Call The Dwelling Place Gaithersburg at (240) 813-1603 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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