Southern Maryland Jurisdictions

Calvert County
The Calvert County Homeless Services Board is a coalition of agencies serving the local homeless population.  Agencies provide shelter, rental and utility assistance, housing, food and clothing, case management, counseling and referral, and they conduct research and network with each other to work toward an end to the problem.
 
The Board meets quarterly, usually on the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July and October at 1 p.m. in the Duke Room, Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick.
 
Member agencies include: the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, Calvert County Department of Social Services, Calvert County Health Department, Calvert County Public Schools, Calvert Family Advocates, Catholic Charities’ Parish Partners’ Community Ministry of Calvert County, Housing Authority of Calvert County, Project ECHO Shelter, Ruth’s Miracle Group Home Foundation, Safe Harbor Shelter, Safe Nights of Calvert County, Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting (SMILE) Ecumenical Ministries, Southern Maryland Community Network and Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee.
 
Meetings are chaired by the Rev. Margaret Van Auker, Community Ministry of Calvert County, (410) 414-8007, betsy.vanauker@gmail.com, and staffed by Curt Hules, Community Resources Dept., 410-535-4370, hulescl@co.cal.md.us.
 
Member Agency Information:
Tri-County Youth Services Bureau/Family ACCESS Center serves as a single point of contact to connect children and families to available community services.  We support families and advocate on their behalf as they work their way through the various service systems.  If you need assistance or further information, please contact Wanda Hardesty at 443-975-7357 or e-mail Wanda at whardesty@tcysb.org. We are located at 3695 Hallowing Point Road, Suite 6Prince Frederick.
Ruth's Miracle Group Home Foundation support two transitional homes for women in recovery from domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, and other life issues that caused to become homeless.  RMGH also accept homeless female veterans and mothers with children between birth and eight years old.
Calvert Family Advocates raises funds for programs that prevent homelessness and support the safety and self-sufficiency of Calvert County residents. Our primary partner is the Calvert County Department of Social Services (DSS) and most of the individuals we assist are referred to us by DSS. Calvert Family Advocates is a component fund of the 501(c)(3) Maryland Association of Social Services Boards (“MASSB”) Foundation.  For more information, please visit www.calfam.org.
Safe Nights of Calvert County is a faith-based, all-volunteer agency dedicated to protecting homeless persons from cold weather (approximately November 1st through March 31st) by hosting a night shelter from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in a clean, safe and warm environment, and providing evening and morning meals.  For more info, please contact Shawn Maassel at calvertsafenights@gmail.com.
Project ECHO, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and supportive housing in Calvert County. The emergency shelter operates year-round and has 40 beds for men, women and families. The supportive housing program currently includes two shared-living houses and two recovery houses. For more information visit www.projectecho.net or contact Lori Hony: projectecho@comcast.net and 410-535-0044 ext.3. The shelter is located at 484 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678


Charles County 
The Charles County Homeless and Emergency Shelter Committee is a partnership of nonprofit, government, and religious entities serving the local homeless population.  Agencies provide shelter, rental and utility assistance, housing, food and clothing, case management, counseling and referral, and a host of other services to serve those experiencing homelessness. The committee facilities the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Charles County. Every year, the committee facilitates a Community Resource Day to connect homeless and at-risk families to a variety of services in their community. 

The committee meets every other month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) on the second Thursday of the month at the United Way of Charles County (10250 La Plata Rd. La Plata, MD 20646). Meetings are 9:30am – 10:30am.

Member agencies include: The Catherine Foundation | Catholic Charities Angel’s Watch Regional Shelter (Women & Children) | Charles County Children’s Aid Society | Charles County Commissioners | Charles County Department of Community Services| Charles County Department of Health| Charles County Department of Social Services  | Charles County Core Service Agency  | Charles County Emergency Services – Charles County Freedom Landing | Charles County Public Schools | Charles County Sheriff’s Office | Congregation Sha’are Shalom – Health Partners | LifeStyles, Inc. | Ministers Alliance of Charles County and Vicinity | Robert J. Fuller Transitional House (Men’s shelter) | Salvation Army, Charles County Service Unit | Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. | United Way of Charles County

Meetings are chaired by Mike Bellis with United Way of Charles County and Corae Young with Lifestyles.

St. Mary's County
Mission Statement
The St. Mary’s County Homelessness Prevention Board will:
·        Advocate for people in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
·        Strive to alleviate homelessness in our community
·        Focus on prevention for youth and adults
·        Educate the community regarding available services
·        Concentrate on the system of care that is specific to our community
·        Encourage and strengthen partnerships in the community
·        Recognize the special needs of persons with disabilities
·        Identify and address the core issues and needs that result in homelessness
·        Function, when appropriate, as a monitoring body for Federal, State and local government funding
 
Meeting Information
The St. Mary’s County Homeless Prevention Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. The meetings are located at the St. Mary's County Department of Social Services Office in Lexington Park; 21775 Great Mills Rd, Lexington Park MD  20653. Meetings are open to the public.
Members of the St. Mary's County Homelessness Prevention Board include St. Mary's County Department of Social Services, The Three Oaks Center,  St. Mary's County Housing Authority, St. Mary's County Health Department, St. Mary's County Library, St. Mary's County Department on Aging and Human Services, St. Mary's County Public Schools, The Mission, WARM, Bowes & Associates, LCC