Main Street Connect, Inc. (Main Street), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has developed a innovative, multi-purpose model – an affordable, accessible and inclusive apartment complex and community center just steps from a subway stop and adjacent to the town center in Rockville, Maryland. The building opened doors in August 2020.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of the 70 apartments in the building are affordable – serving households earning 30%, 50% and 60% of the Area Medium Income (AMI) – and 25% of the units are specifically designated for individuals with varying special needs. Details about the apartments and the application process are available from Main Street’s property management company, Hercules Living, at LivingAtMainStreet.com.
Community Center and Membership
The ground floor of the Main Street building has a 10,000-square-foot community center that includes a fitness center, teaching kitchen, multimedia room, a classroom and a cyber-cafe. Together with professional partners, Main Street offers a robust calendar of daily, weekly and monthly classes, programs, events and community engagement opportunities. Main Street’s community center and programming are open to residents and to non-residents who join as members. In addition, 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. Opening in September 2020, Soulfull Cafe will provide an opportunity for employment to people with and without disabilities.
Bring Your Own Independence
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 and members 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 and/or being a member of the community center. Main Street’s community center is not a DDA day center or a drop off facility and is not responsible for residents and members when they are on Main Street premises or attending events. 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. 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 residents 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.
Main Street – created on the founding principles of affordability, inclusivity and sustainability – is a vibrant community for continued learning, social engagement and health and wellness. By fostering a culture of inclusion, Main Street bridges abilities, age and socioeconomic factors, allowing residents and members to enjoy casual, organic social encounters as well as structured activities and programs provided by trained staff and community partners.