ICH Working Groups

Veterans

Veteran homelessness is an important focus for federal efforts to end homelessness as well as a state focus. There is a growing need to have and analyze data about this vulnerable group and how to connect vets with important services and employment. The purpose of this group will be to take a deeper look at what resources we have available to serve our veterans and where connections need to be made to better serve this special population.

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To understand how many veterans were homeless during last year’s statewide Point in Time (PIT) Count 

If you want to know more about what resources are available to homeless Veterans please view the Veterans Homeless Resources and the MDVA Resource Guide for Veteran’s and Their Families

For more information about the work group and about the upcoming meetings, please contact Dana Hendrickson, dana.hendrickson@maryland.gov, at Maryland’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

Housing and Services for Young Adults

Homeless Young adults (between the ages of 18 and 24) who are homeless is group that federal and state efforts have shifted great attention towards.  Maryland was recently selected to participate in a national pilot project to conduct a count of homeless youth and young adults across 9 counties (6 CoC’s). This will give us important data about this difficult to identify special grout. The purpose of this working group will be to gather information about all efforts throughout the state aimed at reducing the homeless numbers within this vulnerable population, identify the resources available to this group and recommendations about services and housing needs that are necessary for this group.

For more information about the work group and about the upcoming meetings, please contact Patricia Arriaza, patricia.arriaza@maryland.gov, at the Governor’s Office for Children.

Health and Homelessness

Health improves once someone has attained housing, whether it be emergency, temporary or permanent supportive housing.  The purpose of this work group will be to help the ICH focus on Federal priorities related to health and housing as outlined by the Opening Doors plan. Some of these include the integration of primary and behavioral health care services with homeless assistance programs as well as supporting homeless clients who frequent emergency rooms.

For more information about the work group and about the upcoming meetings, please contact Mariama Gondo, mariama.gondo@maryland.gov, of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.