Did you know…?
- On any given night, nearly 1,000 of our neighbors are homeless in Montgomery County.
- 23% of our homeless population are children.
- 17% are survivors of domestic violence.
- To afford an apartment and basic necessities, families earning the current minimum wage would need to work 4.5 full-time jobs.
- For many neighbors working hourly jobs, a health crisis, car trouble, or blizzard could result in a devastating loss of income which leaves them at risk of becoming homeless.
- For the individuals with the most severe challenges, we collectively spend $45,000 per person on emergency shelter, medical and judicial services each year. Given that it only costs $20,000 to provide permanent supportive housing to those individuals, the economic imperative to end homelessness is clear.
In December 2015, our local leaders achieved an important milestone by effectively ending veteran homelessness in Montgomery County. Join us for our upcoming Funders’ Roundtable discussion to learn more about the multi-sector partnership that worked to achieve this goal. Together, we’ll explore lessons learned as well as other innovative strategies to make sure every one of our neighbors has a safe place to call home.
Hilary S. Chapman - Housing Program Manager, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Susie Sinclair-Smith - Executive Director, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Sue Kirk - Executive Director, Bethesda Cares
Brian Tracey - Vice Chair, Montgomery County Interagency Commission on Homelessness
RSVP: Space is limited. To reserve your spot and to get details about the location, please contact Bridget Hanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-495-3036 x 169.
About the Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County
These quarterly, free lunch events give representatives of local companies and foundations an opportunity to get acquainted, learn more about Montgomery County funding priorities, and share best practices. The events are open to grantmakers only, and each has anywhere from 15 to 30 attendees. There is a different topic for each luncheon—education, health care, etc.—selected in advance by the attendees.
Lunch is provided courtesy of our 2016 sponsors: The Community Foundation, Chevy Chase Trust, Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, and The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.
If your fund, foundation, or company makes grants in Montgomery County, you won’t want to miss out on this engaging, philanthropic lunch group!