Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $13 Million to Combat Homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, (all D-Md.) in announcing $13,187,737 for 32 projects to counter homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

Funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, which helps state government agencies, local governments and local nonprofit organizations provide transitional or permanent housing, rental assistance or supportive services to end homelessness.

“Increasing the availability of affordable housing is a complicated challenge with no one simple solution. This federal funding will support a variety of community-driven initiatives that make a real and meaningful difference for thousands of Marylanders,” the lawmakers said. “We are proud to represent many advocates and organizations working tirelessly to combat homelessness in our region and we remain committed to supporting their important work.”

Kirstin’s Haven, a Camp Springs organization focused on helping homeless veterans find sustainable housing, will receive federal funding through this grant program for the first time. According to founder and CEO Steven Foncham, "This grant will be life changing for the individuals we serve within our community. It will allow Kirstin's Haven, Inc. to provide permanent housing solutions and offer families a place to call home." 

This program is authorized under Subtitle C of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11381-11389). The CoC Program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families and communities; promote access to mainstream homeless programs for individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.