Growing Population of Homeless in Md. Gets Assistance - NBC4 Washington

Growing Population of Homeless in Md. Gets Assistance



    Montgomery County is taking a hard look at homelessness, saying it’s as big a problem there as in many large cities. News4’s Chris Gordon reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013)

    For three days, volunteers are tackling homelessness in Montgomery County, Md. head-on.

    The county for years has grappled with a growing homeless population and this week, more than 400 volunteers are offering their time and services to helping the homeless get back on their feet.

    Those needing help were offered flu shots, clothing, hair cuts, manicures, cell phones and health screenings at Montgomery County's Homeless Resource Day in Gaithersburg Thursday.

    "[This will allow me to] get back to work and be more self-sufficient," attendee Sean McNulty said. 

    Lonnie Williams, another attendee, received a warm winter jacket.

    "It means my life, to stay out of the cold," Williams said. 

    Early Wednesday morning, volunteers for the nationwide "100,000 Homes" campaign canvassed the county's darkest corners, offering water bottles and food to the homeless.

    "The homeless situation in Montgomery County is as bad as any major, urban city," volunteer Jeffrey Thames.