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Helping Hands: Family Crisis Resource Center Serves Allegany County Domestic Violence Survivors
It’s unfortunately common for victims of domestic violence to be faced with a different problem: homelessness. After fleeing abusive situations, some may find they lack the financial resources or familial support to gain shelter and safety. Supported in part by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Homelessness Solutions Program, the Family Crisis Resource Center (FCRC) supports individuals dealing with these crises.
The only shelter of its kind in Allegany County, FCRC is an invaluable resource. As a low-barrier shelter with no mandatory requirements regarding income level, sobriety, criminal background or participation in other programs, FCRC is open to both men and women. On average, survivors stay with FCRC for a little over two months before moving out. Over the last three months, more than a dozen people have been able to go from FCRC into safe, stable and permanent housing.
The center also provides crisis support and case management services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the residential support staff. The goal of the program is to help clients gain self-sufficiency and maintain stable housing. Every service offered by FCRC is safe, professional and confidential in order to ensure that survivors are able to maintain privacy and safety from their abuser. Although abusive partners are not allowed to stay at the shelter, the Abuse Intervention Program is available for perpetrators of intimate partner abuse.
If you or anyone you know is in need of support from FCRC, they are available through their 24/7 Hotline at 301-759-9244.
Helping Hands is a series covering homelessness service providers across Maryland. The Office of Community Programs works to coordinate statewide efforts aimed at reducing the numbers of homeless households in Maryland. The office also oversees more than $9 million in grant funding that is awarded to Continuums of Care through the Homelessness Solutions Program. For more information or to locate services near you, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/HomelessServices/Pages/default.aspx.