The Office of Grant Development & Administration (OGDA) represents the City of Bowie as a member of the Prince George’s County Homeless Services Partnership (HSP), which is responsible for executing the goals and objectives outlined in the County’s 10-year Continuum of Care Plan to End Homelessness.
HSP operates under the direction of the County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) and is responsible for the planning, day-to-day management, and overall operation of the County’s homeless services initiatives. DSS is responsible for the annual HUD-mandated Point-in-Time (PIT) count; a one-day survey and count of unsheltered homeless persons throughout the County.
The City is an active participant in the national Warm Nights Program. Several churches in the City also participate in Warm Nights during the winter/hypothermia season and provide shelter, food, and other services in conjunction with Community Crisis and Services, Inc.
The City also provides financial support for the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry & Emergency Aid Fund (Bowie Pantry) which serves over 2,000 individuals and families each year. The Bowie Pantry distributes groceries, personal care items, and emergency assistance to Bowie residents in need. It also provides limited financial assistance, where possible, in emergency situations to prevent the loss of utilities.