Lacking job skills, employment track records, and financial education, many low-income, single-parent families find that homelessness is not the start of a struggle, but the continuation of one. The Dwelling Place provides fully furnished housing and support services to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency often for the first time. They live for two to three years in one of 10 apartments, and a case manager works with them to develop a plan for reducing debt, increasing income, and achieving employment and housing. Partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits bring job search support, credit counseling, holiday assistance, life skills classes, tutoring for kids and advocacy with their schools. Fourteen families are currently being served; from 2015 to 2017, eight completed the program and moved into permanent housing, taking with them apartment furnishings and the skills and confidence to build an independent future. Join them on the journey.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; Our apartments are primarily in Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village, MD

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members


  • Families served in stable, affordable housing with support services:  
    Helping families recover from homelessness and obtain skills to maintain stabiity
  • Families are able to pay down debt, learn to save and budget, and improve credit report:  
    Improved options for future financial stability and ability to obtain permanent housing

Awards & Recognition

2001 City of Gaithersburg Outstanding Organization
11/6/08 - State of MD, Govt Volunteer Service Certificate
11/13/08 - City of Gaithersburg Recognition for 20 yrs of svc.
12/2/08 - Montgomery County Council - 20 years of service

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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for The Dwelling Place is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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