Please Help Us Welcome Your Neighbors Home!
Imagine walking into an empty apartment with nothing but the clothes you can carry. Where will you sleep? How will you make a meal?
Your Way Home Montgomery County is a partnership of more than 40 philanthropic, nonprofit and community partners and government. Our vision is to make the experience of homelessness in Montgomery County rare, brief and non-recurring.
We are accomplishing this bold goal by using proven strategies that tailor resources to each client’s needs, whether that is a small boost to get back on their feet or more intensive, longer-term support. Funds from foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals fill gaps where public dollars cannot be used, like setting up new households for families and individuals transitioning from life on the street or in emergency shelter.
Who are your homeless neighbors? They are families with children, single adults, veterans, women fleeing domestic abuse, medically frail seniors, LGBTQ, runaway and transitional age youth, and people struggling with mental and physical health needs. They are people who have lost jobs or who cannot find jobs that pay a living wage.
We invite you to join us in welcoming your neighbors home by donating to the Your Way Home Fund. Your gift will help welcome your neighbors home:
$25 buys bed linens for a single adult
$75 buys school uniforms for two children
$150 buys a monthly bus pass
$500 furnishes an apartment for a single adult
$1,000 furnishes an apartment for a family of four
Here's how the Your Way Home Fund is used:
Household basics. A big part of our work is setting up new households for families, youth, and individuals transitioning from shelter. Each year Your Way Home provides 300 safe, affordable apartments and basic household goods for re-housed clients, such as beds, sheets, dishes, pots and pans, personal care products, and pantry staples. We tailor the purchases to the needs of every household we help, and we work with local retailers, thrift stores, and nonprofits to source just the right items at prices that allow us to stretch each dollar as far as possible.
Transportation assistance. Our clients use public transit for work, school, housing counseling, child care, food shopping and laundry, and health and other appointments.
Other supports include
- child-care assistance for parents who are waiting for subsidized child care
- household maintenance/repair for re-housed clients, including extermination and inspection fees
- fees for obtaining photo IDs, birth certificates or social security cards
- school uniforms and books
- landlord recruitment and retention
- motel vouchers for homeless clients unable to stay in shelter due to health and other concerns