Housing for All - A Stronger Montgomery Interagency Commission on Homelessness

Created 

The Interagency Commission on Homelessness (ICH) was established by the County to act on behalf of residents experiencing homelessness and to provide advice, counsel, and recommendations to the County Executive and County Council. ( Mo. Co. Code, Ch. 24-62 through 24-70, effective 7/10/14)

Purpose

The Commission serves as the governing board of the County Continuum of Care (CoC), and duties include promoting a community-wide goal to end and prevent homelessness, developing a strategic plan, and reviewing and monitoring programs that are components of the CoC. The Commission recommends to the County Executive and County Council improvements to the CoC, educates the community about homelessness, and recommends and promotes partnerships with private organizations, businesses, and foundations, or any state or federal government agency, to improve the County’s ability to prevent and reduce homelessness.

The CoC is Montgomery County's local homeless program planning network. It is a public-private partnership that includes County and other government agencies, non-profit service providers, landlords and others who have a role in the community's housing market. The purpose of the CoC is to encourage and support local organizations in coordinating efforts to address housing and homeless issues and reduce homelessness.

Mission Statement

The Commission will promote a community-wide goal to end homelessness by developing a strategic plan and reviewing and monitoring programs that are components of the CoC. The Commission will recommend to the County Executive and County Council improvements to the CoC, educate the community about homelessness, and recommend and promote partnership with private organizations, businesses and foundations, or any state or federal government agency, to improve the County's ability to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Membership

The 25-member Commission includes representatives of the County’s Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Community Affairs; the Office of the County Executive; the County Council; the Housing Opportunities Commission; the County’s Legislative Delegation; representatives of government agencies and homeless service and other private organizations; at least one member who must be a homeless or formerly homeless resident of Montgomery County, and at least one representative each of a hospital or healthcare provider located in Montgomery County, a private philanthropic organization or foundation, and an affordable housing developer; and two general public members who are residents of the County.


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ICH Full Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2024  | 3-5 p.m. | Meeting agenda will be posted here

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Future meetings:
June 5 | 3-5 p.m. | Hybrid Rockville Memorial Library and Zoom Webinar
August 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Hybrid and Zoom Webinar
November 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Virtual Only Zoom Webinar

 
ICH Commission Members
Chelsea Andrews
Executive Director
Housing Opportunities Commission
Position:  Ex-Officio Member
James C. Bridgers, Jr., Ph.D., MBA
Director
Department of Health and Human Services
Position:  Ex-Officio Member
Scott Bruton
Director
Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Position:  Ex-Officio Member
Amanda S. Chesney
Executive Director
Homeless and Housing Services
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC
Position:  Homeless Services Organization
Christopher Dickersin-Prokopp
Capital One, N.A.
Position:  Affordable Housing Developer
Jeffrey (Jeff) Goldman (Chair)
Resident of Montgomery County
Position:  Public
Asmara G. Habte
Director
Department of Housing and Community Development for the City of Rockville

Position:  Government Agency
Courtney Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Interfaith Works
Position:  Homeless Services Organization
Manuel Hidalgo
Executive Director
Shepherd's Table
Position:  Homeless Service Organization
Christine Hong
Chief
Department of Health and Human Services
Services to End and Prevent Homelessness
Position:  Ex-Officio Member
Terence Hill
Resident of Montgomery County
Position: Person with Lived Experience
Ebony Alyse Grey
Resident of Montgomery County
Position:  Public
Kathryn Kelly, M.D.
Kelly Collaborative Medicine
Position:  Hospital or other Healthcare Provider
Captain Robin Lewis
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Position:  Government Agency
Karishma Sheth
Chief Program Officer
EveryMind
Position:  Private Organization
Beth Shuman
Chief of Staff | Councilmember Gabe Albonoz' Office
Montgomery County Council
Position:  Councilmember or Council Staff
Susanne (Susie) Sinclair-Smith
Executive Director
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Position:  Homeless Service Organization
Delegate Vaughn Stewart
Maryland State Delegation
Member of the County Legislative Delegation
Position:  Ex-Officio Member
Earl Stoddard, Ph.D., MPH, CEM
Offices of the Montgomery County Executive
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Position: Ex-Officio Member

ICH and Continuum of Care Staff Support

Rozina Adhanom
Continuum of Care Coordinator
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services | Services to End and Prevent Homelessness
Vicky M. Suero
Administrative Support Specialist
Montgomery County Department of Helath and Human Services | Services to End and Prevent Homelessness

 

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November 2019

 
November 2017
Annual Report
November 2016
Annual Report
November 2015
 

Agendas | Presentations | Meeting Minutes

Committees | Sub-committes | Workgroups

The Montgomery County Continuum of Care (CoC) created eight committees to conduct the work of the CoC, including the Governance Committee, which has the authority to create additional committees, subcommittees, or workgroups based on the need and recommendations from committees, subcommittees and workgroups, and the majority vote of the Governance Committee.  Each committee will be responsible for submitting regular reports to the Governance Committee on their activities.  The responsibilities of each committee are outlined below:

Subcommittees | Workgroups

Subcommittees are established to provide oversight or facilitate the development of policies related to a specific function of the CoC.  There are three standing subcommittees listed below and further defined under their respective committee section:


Staff Support

Rozina Adhanom
Continuum of Care Coordinator
Montgomery County, Department of Health and Human Services | Services to End and Prevent Homeless
Rozina.Adhanom@montgomerycountymd.gov