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Overview

The Montgomery County Housing Continuum of Care (CoC)--or system-- is designed to make the experience of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring through a broad array of strategies including:

Montgomery County's Housing First plan continues to focus on reducing the length of stay in homelessness and providing stable housing for those exiting homelessness.  Efforts focus both on assisting households at imminent risk of homelessness to remain housed and assisting homeless households to rapidly exit homelessness to permanent housing.

A Public-Private Partnership

This public-private partnership is aligned with the work of the CoC and the Interagency Commission on Homelessness (ICH), which acts as the CoC's governing board.  The underlying philosophy of the program aligns with the Housing First principles of low-barrier access, consumer choice, community integration and housing orientation.  This reflects a shift away from the “housing readiness” model and towards a model where the housing comes “first” and wrap-around support services are offered to maintain housing stability. 

A "Person Centric" System

Montgomery County’s Housing First plan seeks to create a “person centric” system that is based on the needs of the population rather than available resources and existing program models.  To do this effectively, one must understand the nature of the problem .  Data collection and analytics are a primary focus.  These efforts include:

Support Services
Another key component of the County’s shift toward a Housing First, "person-centric" system is ensuring all persons in the "system" are provided support services that adequately meet their unique needs.  Fortunately, DHHS is an integrated department with meaningful collaboration across multiple service areas including:
  • Aging and Disability Services
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Behavioral Health and Crisis Services
  • Public Health Services
  • Children, Youth and Family Services

Significant efforts are being made to identify the individuals who have not been able to access housing and services through traditional methods and determine how existing resources can be leveraged to enhance housing support services and identify gaps within DHHS.  Through this process, the need for an integrated Housing First intensive case management team has been identified.

 


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