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Facts on Homelessness

  • In 2015, a one day count found 1,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County.
  • Out of 1,100 individuals experiencing homelessness, 318 were children. Can you imagine not having your own warm bed to sleep in at night?
  • Homeless kids have grown-ups who love and take care of them, but it’s still very hard for them. They can’t do a lot of the things you do in your home every day; like having friends over to play, watching TV, using the computer, or eating meals with your family.
  • Some homeless individuals have jobs. In Montgomery County, over 50% of all homeless adults with chidlren work, but don’t have enough money to afford a place to live.
  • Not all homeless persons wear ripped, dirty clothes and stand on the street corner asking for money. You can’t always tell whether someone is homeless just by looking at them.

  • Why are people homeless? One problem is that people don’t make enough money to afford a place to live. Another problem is that housing costs are too much for people who don’t make a lot of money.

How You Can Help!

There are lots of ways that kids can help individuals who are experiencing homelessness. With your family, school or youth group, you can:

  • Organize food and clothing drives.

  • Raise money to donate to shelters like our men's emergency shelter.
  • Tell other people about the problem of homelessness - - that’s called “raising awareness”.
  • Write letters to politicians telling them that you think homelessness is a big problem, and asking them to change or pass laws to help homeless people.
  • Do volunteer activities for our organization. Click here to see some of our volunteer needs, and to contact someone on our staff about helping.

MCCH Community Walk Program Join with your family and friends and hold a Community Walk. You can help raise money to toward supporting ending and preventing homelessness while having fun doing so!


    Also, be sure to check out books on homelessness. They are listed here.


A Year of Activities!

Here are some suggestions for volunteer projects that your family, school, or civic group can do throughout the year. If you are interested in doing a volunteer project, please contact Teri Brenits at teri@mcch.net or 301-917-6660. If you are interested in preparing meals for our men's shelter, please contact Sumantha Halder at shalder@mcch.net or 301-917-6654.

Suggestions for a Year of Activities


Have a gloves, hats and scarves drive


Make Valentine’s day cards and cookies


Make bagged lunches for the men’s emergency shelter on Gude Drive


Buy and/or plant flowers at one of our program sites


Collect toiletries for our men's shelter


Host an ice cream party at our men's shelter


Collect school supplies for children in our programs


Host a barbeque with your family and friends at our men's shelter


Collect household items and assemble welcome home baskets for those who are exiting homelessness


Organize a new winter coat/shoe drive (men, women, and children)


Hold a holiday collection drive to fulfill clients' wish lists


Organize, prepare, and serve a hot holiday meal






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