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Interfaith Works: Take ‘Stand’ Against Homelessness

Rockville-based nonprofit is hosting event Wednesday in Rockville to draw attention to the state of poverty, homelessness in Montgomery County

On Wednesday, Interfaith Works is inviting neighbors to “Stand Together” against homelessness.

The Rockville-based nonprofit is hosting the Neighbors Stand Together Tour at the Wilkins Avenue Women's Shelter. The event is intended to inform people about the state of poverty in Montgomery County and what is being done to fight homelessness, according to Interfaith Works.

The hourlong event starts at 5 p.m. To RSVP, please contact Rachael Long, development coordinator: rlong@iworksmc.org or 301-315-1096.

Two more “Stand Together” events are scheduled in April, according to Interfaith Works.

In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of homelessness and poverty in the U.S. and in Montgomery County:

407,966
The number of people nationwide living in homeless shelters, transitional housing programs or on the streets, according to data from the federal Homeless Resource Center.

168,000
The number of homeless families nationwide living in shelters or transitional housing programs, according to the federal Homeless Resource Center.

982
The number of Montgomery County residents who are living on the street, according to a count taken in 2012 by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

27
The percentage of Montgomery County’s homeless population who are children, according to Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.

4.7
The percentage of Rockville residents who live below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census data.

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If you go …

WHAT: Neighbors Stand Together Tour

WHEN:  5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20

WHERE: Wilkins Avenue Women’s Shelter, 12250 Wilkins Ave, Rockville.

MORE: RSVP by calling or emailing Rachael Long, development coordinator, at rlong@iworksmc.org or 301-315-1096.

WEB: www.iworksmc.org

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