|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 2011 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment
The 2011 Human Needs Assessment was completed and released in August 2011. In an effort to align donors with their desire to help with the greatest needs in the community, we retained the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance - Jacob France Institute of the University of Baltimore, with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. The research covered all areas of human services and created benchmarks to track and measure the impact of strategic grantsmaking.
The Board of Trustees, after careful review of the research results, decided to focus on three areas and created three funds:
- The Health Care Strategic Initiatives Fund - for access to health care for those who are uninsured and under-insured
- The Children and Youth Strategic Initiatives Fund - for school readiness for children, age birth to 5
- The Basic Human Needs Strategic Initiatives Fund - for housing, with emphasis on those newly homeless and those precariously housed