The following program(s) are available to Non-Profit Corporations in Prince George's County:
Community Development Block Grant: A program administered by DHCD’s Community Planning and Development Division provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities, municipalities and non-profit organizations. The program is intended to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate-income persons.
Featured Non-Profit Organization
Prince George's County Department of Social Services
Community Services Division
"Homelessness is not a class of people; it's a housing crisis that people experience and we have the ability as a society to do something about it"
---Renee Ensor-Pope, CoC CoChair and Assistant Director
for Community Services
Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) federal funding in the form of an Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). DHCD subcontracts with the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (DSS), Community Services Division, as the lead agency for the County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) to implement the ESG program. The CoC is comprised of more than 100 organizations and is charged with developing programs and solutions that address the myriad of challenges that homelessness poses in Prince George’s County. The ESG funding administered by DSS is used to support several critical CoC activities including homelessness diversion, prevention, street outreach, centralized intake, emergency shelter, and rapid re-housing.
Prince George’s County DSS - in partnership with several non-profit organizations - operates a 24/7/365 centralized intake hotline for calls related to homelessness (approximately 5,000 unique callers are triaged each year); using ESG funding to help callers resolve their housing crisis and re-establish housing stability through aggressive diversion, prevention and / or rapid re-housing efforts. In the event homelessness cannot be prevented, DSS and its partners also operate five (5) emergency shelters for individuals, unaccompanied youth (ages 13-24 without parents or guardians) and families providing temporary short term shelter while a longer term housing solution is being developed. These shelters include:
• a 100-bed shelter for single women and women with children,
• a 24-bed shelter for single men,
• a 38-bed shelter for families,
• a 10-bed shelter for unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults, and
• a 50-bed overnight hypothermic shelter for individuals and families.
Each resident (approximately 1,000 each year) is provided with basic shelter amenities, case management services, and assistance with mainstream benefits, employment, transportation, health care, and housing search/relocation.
In spite of all of these efforts however DSS understands that not all residents experiencing a housing crisis are willing and/or able to seek help and so with the help of ESG funding, the CoC is developing its newest service component; a comprehensive outreach system designed to consistently and frequently engage with the street homeless in an effort to develop the relationships and trust that are critical to getting these individuals to accept shelter and permanently end their pattern of homelessness.
The street outreach teams are responsible for creation and maintenance of the County’s registry of all chronically homeless persons and utilize a number of evidence based assessment tools to prioritize them for permanent housing and other needed services. Once fully implemented, street teams will operate 7 days a week providing critical connections to our most vulnerable citizens. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating cash, services, or products to the homeless efforts in Prince George’s County should contact the DSS community engagement office at (301) 909-6319.
“DSS does a great job coordinating services, establishing partnerships and collaboration in order to stretch program dollars to serve as many people as possible,” says Eric C. Brown, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development. “It is wonderful to have such a devoted, caring and committed group of individuals as our partner in abolishing homelessness in our County.”