The Prince George’s County website listed below provides information on emergency shelter, who is eligible for it and what documentation is needed in applying for assistance.
Prince George’s County shelter hotline: (888) 731-0999
Here’s help in finding low-income apartments in Prince George’s County as well as nonprofits that provide assistance with low-income housing needs.
Prince George’s County and Community Development
County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Family Unification Program
Hundreds of young adults, 18 to 21, age out of foster care each year in Maryland. Many are soon homeless or forced to rely on public assistance. The Family Unification Program can help. A collaborative effort between the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Department of Human Resources, it provides vouchers to help youth obtain housing from private landlords, paying as little as 30 percent of their monthly adjusted gross income toward rent and utilities.
Central Office Maryland Department of Human Resources
Independent Living Services
Maryland Independent Living Services or Ready By 21 Services are available to youth ages 14 to 21 in out-of-home placement and are designed to prepare youth to transition from foster care into self-sufficiency. Each of Maryland’s twenty-four local departments of social services has an Independent Living Coordinator (ILC). They assist youth and their caseworkers with all independent living services in the following areas:
Social and Emotional Well Being
Department of Social Services (DSS)/Prince George’s County
6505 Belcrest Rd # 100A
Hyattsville, MD 20782
DSS Ready by 21 Unit
Maryland’s “Ready by 21” Program helps foster children 14 and older prepare for independence when they turn 21. Ready by 21 provides assistance with accessing education or training programs; finding and keeping a job; developing a supportive network of family and friends; finding housing; training to manage your own finances; and getting access to healthcare.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
311 West Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
More Youth Independent Living Skills Resources
CASA volunteers of teenagers (17-20) should begin the process of incorporating independent living skills into their relationship and activities with the youth. This is an opportunity to practice life skills and explore the resources within the community.
Youth can be guided through the online learning sites listed below:
Youthhood.org: youthhood.org has information for youth regarding health, education, social situations and self-advocacy.
Mapping Your Future: www.mapping-your-future.org/planning/ has information on planning a career, selecting and paying for school.
Banking on Our Future: www.operationhope.org/banking-on-our-future is a computer series that teaches financial literacy to youth.
Prince George’s County Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Section 8 participants voluntarily enter a five-year contract during which they receive supportive services (education, job training) to enable economic independence.
Provides emergency food pantry, financial assistance for rent and utilities, domestic violence and sexual abuse counsel, substance abuse support meetings, and a youth mentoring program
6810 Floral Park Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
Glenarden Housing Authority
provides low-rent housing
8639 Glenarden Parkway
Glenarden, MD 20706
Housing Initiative Partnership
Creates housing opportunities for the low and moderate-income residents of Prince George’s County as well as job training and life skills.
6201 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782