Survey Completed Of Homeless Population In Montgomery County | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Survey Completed Of Homeless Population In Montgomery County

There are an estimated 1,000 homeless people in Montgomery County. Activists released a survey that identifies those most at risk of death, especially as winter bears down on the area.

Suzie Sinclair Smith is the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, an umbrella group of non-profits, private organizations and governmental agencies that works to end homelessness. 

More than 300 volunteers fanned out across the county between Nov. 3-6  to interview homeless people. Sinclair Smith says 369 homeless people were surveyed.

"The most striking finding for us is that half of these individuals are at severe risk of dying on the streets," Smith says. "We surveyed people in the shelters, outside, in the jails, and also in the hospitals. These are people with severe physical, mental illness and substance use issues. Homeless people are likely to have a 25 year less life expectancy." 

County councilmember George Leventhal has been an advocate for the homeless for years, and he says next week he and fellow councilmember Craig Rice will introduce a supplemental appropriations bill for $700,000.

"The most important thing we can do is provide housing," Leventhal says. "This will house and provide supportive services for 15 priority clients. These are the most medically vulnerable who are the most at-risk of death."

Rice says he was shocked to come face to face with homeless people not far from his home as he helped volunteers conduct the survey.

NPR

In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
NPR

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.