Montgomery Council President Receives Service Award from County’s Homeless Coalition

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Montgomery Council President Rice with co-emcees Leon Harris & Tammy Darvish, Courtesy of MCCH
Montgomery Council President Rice with co-emcees Leon Harris & Tammy Darvish, Courtesy of MCCH

On March 6, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice received the “Distinguished Service Award” at the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless’ (MCCH) annual gala “Home Sweet Home: Celebrating Partnerships”.

From Montgomery County’s press release,

Council President Rice has been a strong advocate for the 100,000 Homes Campaign that seeks to find permanent housing for the most vulnerable homeless residents of the County.

MCCH leads the effort to end homelessness in Montgomery County by creating housing options and providing supportive services for the homeless. It provides housing, shelter and services to homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families with children. MCCH has eight distinct programs that provide permanent supportive housing, intermediate housing and emergency shelter. Its affiliate organization, Coalition Homes, creates new permanent housing opportunities to help expand the County’s supply of affordable housing.

“I am honored to be selected for this award, but I am just one of many people in Montgomery County who are determined to do everything possible to decrease, and hopefully, someday end homelessness in our community,” said Council President Rice. “This effort requires resources on many levels. I am hoping that this event will help raise some of the critical funding we need to get more people off of the street and into housing that, in turn, will give them a chance to succeed in other aspects of life.”

While at the event, Council President Rice tweeted (@RicePolitics):

“So humbled to be honored with the distinguished service award tonight from @MCCHMD for my advocacy of behalf of our homeless. #wecandomore“.