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The Plan
Montgomery County is committed to making the experience of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring through a range of strategies.
Ending Homelessness in Montgomery County:  10-Year Plan
(Adopted October 2014)
History of Montgomery County's efforts:
In 2002, Montgomery County became one of the first localities nationally to develop a 10-year plan to end homelessness.  The plan was developed as part of a community-wide planning process on three fronts:
  1. Closing the Front Door through efforts to prevent people from entering homelessness
  2. Opening the Back Door by rapidly moving people out of homelessness into permanent housing, and
  3. Building a Foundation to assure that people have access to employment, treatment and other supports that they need to be successful members of our community.
Housing First Model
Over the years, guided by the plan, the Montgomery County Continuum of Care has implemented a "Housing First" model that provides a range of housing services to persons experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, including:
Removing Housing Barriers
Case management is provided at all levels of the continuum with an emphasis on removing housing barriers and connecting persons experiencing homelessness with housing, employment, disability entitlements and other behavioral health services.   The continuum also utilizes a range of prevention strategies including emergency financial assistance, shallow rent subsidies, and energy assistance designed to prevent the loss of permanent housing. 
What has the County accomplished:
Despite a decade during which rising housing costs far out-paced increases in income and extended economic downturns which stretched the resources of many residents, Montgomery County has made great strides since 2002 in meeting our goals to end homelessness including:

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