Progress Place Relocation and Personal Living Quarters (P601401)

  • Category: Health and Human Services
  • Sub Category: Health and Human Services
  • Administering Agency: General Services (AAGE29)
  • Planning Area: Silver Spring
  • Date Last Modified: 1/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status Planning Stage





Progress Place is an existing building, located in the Ripley District of Silver Spring, MD, which houses services the Department of Health and Human Services provides to low-income, homeless residents of Montgomery County. These services, currently provided in conjunction with Interfaith Works and Shepherd's Table, include medical, vision, and vocational services; case management; winter overflow overnight shelter; and meals. Due to development that is proposed for the Ripley District, these services will need to be relocated within the Central Business District (CBD), which has convenient transportation, available services and resources, and social networking opportunities in downtown Silver Spring for the homeless population.

In conjunction with a Public-Private partnership, a private developer will construct a new building within the downtown Silver Spring CBD, on County owned property located at the Silver Spring Fire Station No. 1 site. This new building will provide space for the Progress Place services in exchange for the Ripley District land where Progress Place is currently located. This will release the existing site for construction of the Dixon Avenue roadway, the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and a private high-rise residential builiding. In addition, personal living quarter (PLQ) units will be co-located with the Progress Place service center.


Next to the Silver Spring Fire Station No. 1 site, 8131 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Estimated Schedule

Planning and design begins in FY14 and construction will begin in FY15

Cost Change

Progress Place is a facility built nearly 20 years ago that is in need of major renovation. In addition, the east end of the building is in the path of Dixon Avenue extended (a Master Planned roadway), and the west end of the building is in the path of the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Based on the 2012 Housing and Urban Development Unmet Need Calculation Methodology, the need for housing for Montgomery County homeless singles was 372 PLQs. This project includes the relocation of the services rendered at Progress Place and provides for placement of PLQs to increase the County's permanent supportive housing stock within the downtown Silver Spring CBD.

Fiscal Note

This is a public/private partnership. The County will exchange land within the Ripley District for a building that will satisfy the Program of Requirements to house Progress Place services. Funding from the Affordable Housing Acquisition and Preservation project (#P760100) will be used to support the creation of the PLQs. Non-County funding will also be sought to support PLQ construction and operating costs. Rental assistance from the Montgomery Housing Initiative Fund will be used to support operating costs not funded by outside contributions. Costs reflect only the County's costs to plan and supervise construction of the service center by the private partner.


A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of General Services
Department of Transportation
Department of Police
Department of Fire and Rescue Services
Department of Technology Services
Private developers
Private homeless service providers