The following provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Main Street. If you have additional questions about Main Street membership, please complete the Main Street contact form. If you have questions about the apartments at Main Street, please visit LivingAtMainStreet.com.
The ribbon cutting for the Main Street building was held on July 30, 2020. (Check out a video of the celebration here.) Residents began moving into Main Street during the first week of August 2020.
Due to COVID-19, the Main Street community center has not opened but Main Street will be offering a hybrid membership with virtual programming and some socially-distanced in-person programming beginning in September 2020.
We want the Main Street model to spread far and wide and are happy to provide guidance to those who wish to start a similar community in another location. On May 1, 2019, Main Street hosted a webinar on “The Development of Main Street: Ideas for Those Who Want to Start an Inclusive Housing Community”. In the webinar, Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland and Scott Copeland of RST Development addressed the steps taken to create Main Street and ideas for replication in other areas. Check out our Videos page to find this webinar and other videos about Main Street. Additional requests for information and guidance may be sent through our Contact page.
Main Street is not responsible for finding roommates for residents. We do have an e-mail list available to enable members to connect with one another and this may be used by those looking for roommates. To subscribe, send an e-mail to email@example.com. You will receive an e-mail from Yahoo asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to confirm your request. Main Street will then approve your request and, once approved, you may contact those on the list by sending an e-mail to MainStreetMemberConnect@yahoogroups.com.
In the affordable units at Main Street, all household members must be qualified through the full application process. So, applicants should apply together if they are going to move in together. While it is possible for a new roommate to apply to join an existing household, it’s much more complicated than just having them apply together in the first place.
No. About 75% of Main Street apartments are affordable, thanks to the low income housing tax credits granted to the project by the State of Maryland. The regulations governing those tax credits, in addition to fair housing laws, do not allow for Main Street members to receive priority in the selection of apartments.
Main Street is not a service provider and does not provide care giving or support staff to meet individualized, customized, one-on-one needs. Main Street’s philosophy of inclusion and social integration is based on the fundamental precept of “Bring Your Own Independence”. Residents are encouraged to bring with them whatever and whomever they need to help them fully access and enjoy the benefits of living at Main Street. By breaking the link between housing and services, Main Street residents have choice regarding their service providers and are not required to move if they wish to change service providers as is the case in group homes.
Main Street provides a building with 24/7 security and community center staff who are caring and trained to provide quality programming for people of all abilities. Main Street residents also have the option to hire a Main Street Community Coach to provide limited types of assistance. Main Street Community Coaches are life coaches who live in the building and have a specific set of responsibilities for assisting residents. Learn more about Community Coaches here.
Hercules Living is the management company that leases and operates the apartments at Main Street. Detailed information about the apartments and the building can be found on their website here. A wait list will be maintained by Hercules Living for all future availability. It is not necessary to be a resident to become a Main Street member.
Main Street has 70 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units; 17 of the apartments are designated for adults with disabilities.
Main Street is located at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville, Maryland – 500 feet from the Rockville Metro station and bus transportation and near all the amenities of Rockville Town Center including restaurants, shops, a theater, a library, free events in Rockville Town Square and more.
Main Street is a nonprofit organization committed to creating dynamic opportunities through affordable, inclusive housing and community engagement for people of all abilities. The Main Street apartment building offers 75% of its units as affordable housing, with 25% of those being designated for people with disabilities. The 10,000 square-foot community center located on the ground floor of Main Street will serve as the hub of activity for resident and non-resident members. A robust schedule of programs will offer opportunities six days a week and cover a wide range of interests – including social, recreational, educational, wellness and cultural.
Soulfull Cafe, a coffee shop and partnership between Dawson’s Market and Main Street, is located at the front of the Main Street building and open to the public. It will provide an opportunity for employment to people with and without disabilities.
All the units at Main Street are rentals.