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How to Help the Homeless in Baltimore Suffering in the Deathly Cold

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

 

help homeless in baltimore in winter

Being homeless in Baltimore in the winter can be deadly. Find out more about local shelters and where to refer someone you see who needs shelter.

As weather forecasters predicted, Winter Storm Jonas blanketed Baltimore in upwards of two feet of snow – causing severe safety issues for all residents, especially those homeless in Baltimore. Winter is a troubling time for the thousands of homeless people inhabiting Baltimore (as many as 4,000 a night), as inclement weather and freezing temperatures can be truly deadly. A blanket and a flimsy form of shelter, such as a tent, is not enough to protect our fellow Baltimoreans from the dangers of hypothermia.

You can help. If you see a homeless person in need of shelter when temperatures have dropped below freezing, please refer them to one of the following shelters or call 311 to notify the city of Baltimore. Next time you are at the store, consider sparing a few dollars for a pack of hand warmers to donate to local shelters. You can also donate essential items like winter clothing, toothpaste, and food to My Brother’s Keeper and similar organizations.

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Will Gov. Hogan’s $700M Demolition Plan for Baltimore Affect My Brother’s Keeper?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Abandoned row houses

Baltimore is populated by more than 662,000 people and there are about 16,000 vacant buildings and 14,000 vacant lots. Project C.O.R.E. aims to address this issue.

On January 5, Gov. Larry Hogan announced an almost $700 million plan to demolish thousands of vacant buildings in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods and replace them with new developments. Gov. Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are working together on the redevelopment plan – Project C.O.R.E.(Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise) pledging $94 million over a four year period to demolish 4,000 vacant properties throughout Baltimore.

An additional $600 million in subsidies was pledged to encourage redevelopment. The Maryland Stadium Authority will be overseeing the demolitions. Many of those in the area are rejoicing at the news, excited that Baltimore – the “core” of Maryland according to Hogan – is finally addressing issues that have been overlooked for far too long.

 

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Shocking Statistics About Homelessness in Baltimore and Nationwide

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Homelessness can affect individuals and families of any race, age or social standing. Have you helped the homeless lately?

Homelessness can affect individuals and families of any race, age or social standing. Have you helped the homeless lately?

Homelessness is a widespread concern that plagues individuals in Baltimore and throughout the world. It is fundamentally born from poverty, lack of affordable housing and restricted resources to healthcare. During the winter months, homelessness can be especially dangerous for its victims due to freezing temperatures and inclement weather that could incite fatal hypothermia. Homelessness in Baltimore is a serious issue.

If you know a homeless person in Baltimore who needs help, please refer them to Project PLASE, Inc. – an organization who provides transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults. Project PLASE works to treat, restore and rehabilitate the most vulnerable and underserved, including those with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities and ex-offenders. Learn about other ways to help the homeless in Baltimore this winter with My Brother’s Keeper here. Let’s review some frequently asked questions about homelessness in Baltimore and nationwide.

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Why Volunteer?

Friday, January 1st, 2016
Volunteer for Irvington

Volunteering unites people from all backgrounds to work towards a common goal for the greater good of humanity.

No matter where you live or what your circumstances are, you could likely benefit from volunteering in your community. Everybody needs a little help sometimes, and My Brother’s Keeper aims to provide quality services to Baltimore residents in the Irvington community and beyond. We couldn’t do that without the help of our generous volunteers. What’s in it for you, you may ask? Probably more than you were expecting.
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