For many low-income, single-parent families, homelessness is not the start of a struggle, but the continuation of one. Lacking job skills, employment track records, and financial education, they have a hard time turning things around. The Dwelling Place provides fully furnished "scattered-site" housing and a wide range of support services to help families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency often for the first time. They live for two years in one of 13 apartments, and a case manager works with each household to develop a sound plan for reducing debt, increasing income, and achieving employment and housing. Partnering with local businesses and nonprofits, The Dwelling Place also offers job search support, credit counseling, holiday assistance, tutoring for children, advocacy with schools, and life skills classes. Last year, it served 21 families and 12 completed the program; 100% of these moved into permanent housing. When families move on, they take their apartment furnishings with them along with 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


  • 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 (FY2015)

  • $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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