WORKING TO PREVENT & END FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN CENTRAL MARYLAND
United Way’s The Way Home programs work to put families on the path to stability. We believe that an affordable house, and a safe house are a basic human need, essential to keeping families intact, protected, healthy and self-sufficient. While the region’s shelter system provides critical services to the homeless, shelters should be used as a last resort – and as briefly as possible – by homeless families with young children.
Families are currently the fastest-growing homeless group. That’s why United Way uses a successful national model to prevent family homelessness and quickly divert those who lose their homes from shelters into housing.
Some of this housing is provided by property management firms through the United Way/Maryland Multi-Housing Association Rental Connections partnership, which assists families in urgent need of affordable housing through easements such as reduced rent and waived background checks or security deposits.
And we won’t stop there. By providing families the support and resources they need to build financial security, we continue to strengthen communities across central Maryland – one family at a time.