The Dwelling Place
WISH LIST: $100: 3 new backpacks filled with school supplies; $500: 2 new twin beds; $1000: 1 month's rent in a safe and affordable 2-bedroom unit
For many homeless adults, rapid re-housing is ideal. But for a 20-year-old mother with a young child or a single parent recovering from substance abuse, a new place to live is not enough. Providing fully-furnished transitional housing and a wide range of support services, The Dwelling Place helps struggling families in Montgomery County both achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Families live for two years in one of 16 Gaithersburg-area apartments, and a case manager works one-on-one with each household to develop a sound plan -- for reducing debt and increasing income in the short term, and for achieving financial and housing stability in the long term. In partnership with local businesses and nonprofits, The Dwelling Place also offers job search support, credit counseling, resource referrals, holiday assistance, tutoring for children, advocacy with schools, and life skills classes. Last year, the Dwelling Place served 26 families, 80% of whom moved into permanent housing after completing the program. When families move on, they take all their apartment furnishings with them -- along with newly-found confidence in their finances and themselves.
620 East Diamond Avenue, Suite K
Gaithersburg, MD 20877