Working to End Homelessness in Maryland
In many respects Frederick County, Maryland is quite fortunate. Both the unemployment and poverty rates for Frederick County are lower than the rates for Maryland and the United States
In many respects Frederick County, Maryland is quite fortunate. Both the unemployment and poverty rates for Frederick County are lower than the rates for Maryland and the United States.
And yet, homelessness still exists. The Coalition believes that any level of homelessness is unacceptable in Frederick County, and we are dedicated our efforts to ending it.
Under the leadership of Todd Johnson, FCCH Chairperson (2012-2015), the FCCH initiated the strategic planning process in 2013 by establishing a Strategic Planning Committee that was empowered to develop a strategic plan with regular reports back to the entire membership of the FCCH. Betsy Day, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Frederick County agreed to serve as the chairperson of the FCCH Strategic Planning Committee.
As part of the strategic planning process, the FCCH Strategic Planning Committee undertook an extensive asset mapping process and worked to catalog all services, programs, and resources that are available for homeless individuals and families. Central to the Strategic Plan is the a system of care (known as the “Continuum of Care”) which starts at one end of the continuum with homelessness prevention and outreach services, then moves to emergency shelter followed by transitional housing, and finally to permanent housing or permanent supportive housing. Supportive services like case management are provided along the “continuum” and help people to move from one resource to the next as they work towards self-sufficiency.
Click to download and review the Coalition’s Ending Homelessness in Frederick County – A Strategic Plan.