|Frederick Community Action Agency’s Housing First Program provides subsidized permanent supportive housing for people who are disabled and/or chronically homeless. This man, a Housing First resident, has benefited from the program, which was supported by a grant from The Basic Human Needs Strategic Initiatives Fund.
The 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment
The Community Foundation commissioned and has completed the 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment to continue the work started in 2011 to help determine the most pressing needs in Frederick County. The purpose of this work is to provide the greatest positive community impact over the next five to ten years through its grantmaking and scholarship programs, and to provide a solid, unbiased assessment of greatest needs as identified now and trends for the future.
The results of the 2018 Human Needs Assessment elevate the following as high priorities in Frederick County:
Supporting families with children.
Preparing for a growing elderly population.
Responding to substance use disorder.
These three issues include important elements of the human needs identified by the 2011 effort.
Click here for a PDF copy of the complete 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.
2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Data Release
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, a brief presentation of the Needs Assessment results will be presented by Eric Devereux, Ph.D., of Devereux Consulting, followed by a question and answer period. Other speakers include Dr. Rachel Mandel, trustee, and champion of the Needs Assessment Strategic Planning subcommittee, and Gordon Cooley, trustee, regarding the Community Foundation's response to these stated needs.
To register to attend the official release event, click here or call 301-695-7660.
An executive summary of the report will be available on April 3, 2019 and will include information about the Community Foundation's strategic grantmaking for 2019 and beyond based on the priorities listed above.
Human Needs Assessment Visualization Tool
With the 2018 assessment, a visualization tool has been launched that includes all the graphs and charts in the needs assessment report. This interactive tool offers easy access to data about social and economic conditions in Frederick County of relevance to nonprofits, government officials, and the general public, and contains extensive selection criteria that can be filtered as needed.
Access the visualization tool.
Research and Sponsors
The assessment research and compilation was performed by Erik Devereux, PhD, Devereux Consulting, and Beth Osborne Daponte, PhD, Social Science Consultants. Additional contributors to this work are listed on page ii in the full report.
The research and final report would not have been possible without the support of these co-sponsors, and we gratefully recognize their support:
- Ausherman Family Foundation
- The Joseph D. Baker Fund
- Delaplaine Foundation
- Frederick County Government
- The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund
- Helen J. Serini Foundation
- United Way of Frederick County
Under the direction of the Community Foundation’s Strategic Planning/Needs Assessment Subcommittee chaired by Dr. Rachel Mandel, trustee, a Research Advisory Board was appointed and provided expert advice and guidance throughout the project. These members are listed in Appendix A, page 107 of the full report.