Frederick Homeless (copy)

Nick Brown, executive director of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, stands outside the non-profit’s offices on DeGrange Street.

During an election largely relying on mail-in ballots, those without a permanent residential address could be left with few options. But in Frederick, the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs has a mail program that can help people who are experiencing homelessness.

The mail program used to be run by the Frederick Community Action Agency, until it changed hands to the Religious Coalition last fall. About 40 members of the Linton Shelter use the program to get their mail. Another 30 or so outside the program use it as well, said Nick Brown, executive director of the Religious Coalition.

“That process is still going and has gone largely without a hitch, thanks to our individual shelter director, Kavonte Duckett,” Brown said. “He’s largely facilitated the distribution and the sorting of the mail, so it’s been appreciated.”

Even if an individual does not want to vote by mail, they do need a permanent address to register to vote or get a photo ID from the Motor Vehicle Administration. This is one of the reasons Brown wanted to take over the program when it was suspended by the Community Action Agency.

“The big piece is benefits,” Brown said. “You know, we want to be sure to have a place for folks to lock into those very critical entitlements, disability and otherwise.”

Any individual who is interested in enrolling in the program can either do so online at rcehn.org or by phone at 301-631-2670. The offices are not currently open for walk-ins.

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is next Tuesday, Oct. 20. The registration deadline for in-person voting ended on Oct. 13.

Brown said that while the Religious Coalition cannot politicize issues or tell their clients how to vote, he and his staff members do hold voting in high regard.

“Especially in this coming election, it’s very important for the people that we serve to make sure they have a voice, so 100 percent, we encourage that,” Brown said.

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley.

(11) comments

gabrielshorn2013

Well done Mr. Brown, well done! [thumbup]

DickD

Correction, no address.

DickD

MO Address? Where do they live? On the street? How do we know they are not being given money for their votes - so they can buy drugs or alcohol. IAnd it is not like this organization hasany legal authority. It may be legitimate, but it would only take one or two to change.

bosco

Wow, DickD did GregF hack your account?

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DickD

Nope, I hate alcoholics and drug addicts. They ruin their bodies and the rest of us have to help. It is one thing to be done on your luck or just mess up. Another thing to deliberately destroy yourself. And I have seen the results of alcoholic addiction.

EBelt

Nice rant. This is why the right preaches the left is intolerant. How can you question a person's faith because they support that hateful POS at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but then yourself spew hatred for other human beings? I have been clean for a decade but it may not have turned out so well if I was exposed to your type of Christianity. Peace out.

FrederickFan

Great job!

LJF0929

This is how groups build up the community! Thank you for being a safety net for our neighbors!

bosco

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][ninja]

TomWheatley

Thank you!!!

public-redux

Well done. Thank you.

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