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Partnerships key in addressing MoCo homelessness, poverty

June 5, 2023
I was working in London and came across this homeless man on the street.  As I went to take this photograph to raise the plight of the homeless, his dog looked right at me with such sorrowful eyes.  It was then that I noticed the larger dog, curled up beside him.  I went to a local store, bought some dog food and him a BK Meal and drink.  Since then, each year, rather than buying Christmas cards for family and friends, I always donate enough money to give a homeless person a shower, clothes and cooked meal and a place to stay on Christmas Day, via the UK charity, Crisis.

The surge of homelessness in our community is deeply concerning. The recent results of the Point in Time count found a significant increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the Washington, D.C., region – a 53% increase in Montgomery County alone. The study also highlighted that a significant cohort of those experiencing homelessness are over the age of 55. This increase in homelessness coincides with the end of several pandemic assistance programs and inflation-driven economic pressures, which are pushing vulnerable people to the edge of homelessness.

Article Source: MOCO360

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