Interfaith Housing Alliance to receive grant

Partnership grant will provide the Alliance with $25,000 to fight homelessness

FREDERICK, Md. - Transitioning from living on the streets to finding a place to call home can be difficult.
 
"We have a continuum here in Frederick, where we work very closely with our partner organizations. There are lots of folks that are coming out of supportive programs that were formerly homeless or are currently homeless, and they're looking for a place to live,” said Interfaith Housing Alliance Director of Community Relations Mary Ellen Mitchell.
 
Now that the Interfaith Housing Alliance will be getting $25,000 thanks to Frederick County's Proposed Community Partnership Grant for Fiscal Year 2018, they said they can help counsel several homeless individuals and families throughout the county and direct them in the right direction to finding affordable housing.
 
"Our challenge is that this is a very expensive place to rent or to buy, but we do try to help as much as we can,” said Mitchelll.
 
"When we developed this Community Partnership Grant program, we wanted to focus on three key areas that came out of my leadership teams that I put together right after I became county executive. Those three priorities are housing, seniors and community needs,” said Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner.
 
With the new grant, officials said they will be able to help people who have been homeless for years finally have a place to call home.
 
"We recently put a senior into an apartment. She didn't realize that she was entitled to benefits, and so her benefits were able to pay for other things in her life. She was able to rent for the first time,” added Mitchell.

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