Eight regional nonprofits will be able to extend the reach of their helping hands, thanks to funding from the city of Gaithersburg.
The City Council voted unanimously June 16 to award $650,000 worth of contracts to various nonprofits for them to provide needed social services in the city.
The contracts are part of the Gaithersburg Nonprofit Request for Proposals Program, which is issued by the city’s Community Advisory Committee.
Requests for proposals were issued in 10 service areas — homeless assistance for singles; homeless assistance for families; emergency assistance; food assistance; health assistance to the uninsured and underinsured; mental health assistance to the uninsured and underinsured; financial wellness coaching; summer youth employment and job fair; vocational coaching for proficient English speakers; and vocational coaching for nonproficient English speakers.
The Dwelling Place, a Gaithersburg nonprofit that provides transitional housing to the homeless, was awarded $44,520 in the homeless assistance for families category. The group works in collaboration with Rockville’s Stepping Stones Shelter for emergency housing assistance and the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless Partnership for Permanent Housing program.
Miriam Gandell, executive director at the Dwelling Place, said the extra funding will help provide more housing — emergency, transitional and permanent — with supportive services to more people, particularly the homeless in Gaithersburg.
“It may not seem like a huge amount of money, but it really does help,” Gandell said. “It helps us to run our programs as well as possible.”
Family Services Inc. in Gaithersburg was the winning bidder in the emergency assistance and mental health assistance categories, winning a total of $192,205 to provide services. Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg received $72,030 for food assistance.
Representatives for those nonprofits and city officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Other nonprofits that received a portion of the funding include Interfaith Works and the Montgomery Coalition for Adult Literacy, both in Rockville; Mobile Medical Care in Bethesda; Liberty’s Promise in Alexandria, Va.; and Maryland CASH Campaign in Baltimore.