Facts on Homelessness
In Montgomery County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, there are over 1,500 homeless people.
The average age of a homeless person in the US is 9 years old. This means that 23% of the homeless population is made up of children; of which, 42% are under the age of 5. One quarter of the homeless population is employed, but do not make enough to afford a place to live.
It is estimated that 2.1 million adults in the US experience homelessness over the course of a year. About 10% of people who experience homelessness are chronically homeless, usually as a result of mental illness, substance abuse, or other protracted disabilities. These individuals account for up to 50% of those seeking emergency shelter.
Homeless individuals are among the most vulnerable populations in our society:
- 25% of the homeless have been physically or sexually abused as children.
- 27% grew up in foster care.
- 21% experienced homelessness as a child.
- 23% are veterans; compared to only 13% in the general population.
- 54% of the homeless have been incarcerated.
Many homeless people have serious health problems:
- 38% have alcohol dependency.
- 26% have drug addiction.
- 25% have serious mental illness.
- 3% have HIV/AIDS.
- 46% have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or cancer.
Supportive Partners in the Fight Against Homelessness in Montgomery County and Washington D.C.
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless,
MCCH is a leading organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness.
Crisis, Income, and Victim Services www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hhs
CIV provides service to Montgomery County residents experiencing emotional, crisis, or mental health problems. A continuum of services to homeless families and adults include emergency shelter, transitional and supportive housing.
Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition,
The Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition (SSIHC) is a nonprofit organization of local congregations working together to provide housing opportunities in our neighborhoods for low-income families and individuals, especially people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. SSIHC will work with all who support this mission without regard to religious affiliation.
Interfaith Works of Montgomery County, www.iworksmc.org Community Ministry of Montgomery County’s mission is to pursue social justice with an emphasis on identifying and meeting the needs of the poor by leading and engaging Montgomery County’s faith communities in service, education, and advocacy.
National Alliance to End Homelessness,
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and prescribes pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. They work collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help homeless individuals and families make positive changes in their lives. They provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
MobileMed (MOBY), www.mobilemedicalcare.org
Mobile Medical Care, Inc. widely known as MobileMed, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide primary medical care to the low-income, uninsured, working poor, and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Predominately volunteer professional providers include doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as related support personnel who provide health care services for MobileMed patients.
We are grateful for the individuals, groups, and organizations that join together to make the work of Shepherd’s Table possible. Because of your kindness and giving, our mission is accomplished every day of the year. We thank you for remembering the most vulnerable members of our community by helping us both meet their needs with compassion, and serve them with dignity.