Homelessness is not something anyone chooses and it is not something that can be changed overnight. We are all one significant life event away from becoming homeless. Focusing and solving the reasons a person becomes homeless is the approach proven in national best practices. We are very proud of the daily hard work that goes into our goal of ending homelessness in Maryland. To read more about the state of homelessness in Maryland and progress being made, please read our most recent Annual Report on Homelessness.
The Office of Community Programs works to coordinate statewide efforts aimed at reducing the numbers of Homeless households in Maryland. Staff works across the 23 counties and the City of Baltimore that encompass the 16 Continuums of Care that oversee and support the work of hundreds of homeless service providers throughout the state. The office also oversees the estimated $5.5 million in grant funding that is awarded to providers across the state. Although we do not provide actual housing placement or emergency support services on site, we coordinate with those who do. To find out more about the grants available to service providers to work with the homeless population, please go to our provider page.
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Another charge is overseeing and supporting the work of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). The ICH was established through legislation during the 2014 session and is a group that includes representatives from various state agencies, providers and advocates in the world of homeless service provision. The ICH will help to set the policy priorities surrounding the work of homeless services and to find out more you can go to the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) page.