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MD Homeless Families Receive Permanent Housing, Services

Anthony Martin, a single Dad to two sons ages eight and 10, was homeless from 1990 until last year. Thanks to a 'housing first' program run by the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), Martin, a full-time mechanic, and his children now have their own apartment and the services they need to succeed.

Formerly homeless, single Dad Anthony Martin speaks at the recent press conference alongside Freddie Mac Foundation and Montgomery County officials.

The Freddie Mac Foundation recently invested $450,000 in the program, which relocates families directly from homelessness to permanent housing with supportive services.

"My kids are so happy that they have housing now and [a place] they can call home, that I can be in a residential area. Their grades and everything have just taken off," Martin said. He adds that MCCH counselors helped him enroll his sons in school and sign up for a football league.

A $425,000 grant to another County nonprofit, the National Center for Children and Families, will help provide intensive services to the most vulnerable homeless families – to move them quickly to permanent housing. Foundation funds will allow the nonprofit to hire additional therapists, case managers and residential counselors. The goal is to help children thrive in a safe home environment and stay out of the child welfare system.

Both programs are supported by a public-private partnership that includes the nonprofits, the Montgomery County government and the Freddie Mac Foundation.

"Housing stability coupled with comprehensive services is key: it allows parents to focus on building better lives and better futures for themselves and their children," said Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., Freddie Mac Foundation President and CEO, at a recent County press conference announcing the grants. "We’re fortunate to have exceptional partners who have created a strong community partnership. The result is a systemic effort to help children and families thrive in stable homes."

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