On May 12th, the Baltimore Sun reported that the federal government cut $3.8 million in aid to an array of nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Federal officials say this decision was made in an effort redirect funds nationwide towards permanent housing for the homeless, as opposed to temporarily facilities. Let’s discuss the impact of this cut in federal funding and how it might affect both Baltimore as a city and My Brother’s Keeper as a resource.
Baltimore Homelessness: The Impact of the Financial Cut
City officials estimate that there are upwards of 3,000 people homeless in Baltimore on a given night. Many of these individuals and families rely on help from community advocates, churches, and nonprofit organizations to find their next meal or receive necessary medical care. My Brother’s Keeper is not directly impacted by these federal cuts because we do not have any federal funds in our budget. However, we sympathize with the fact that many local organizations who share our mission to provide social services and meals to community members in need – such as House of Ruth, Salvation Army, Associated Catholic Charities, and Marian House – will be struggling to provide temporary housing and outreach services.
My Brother’s Keeper: The Response to Our Community
In the short term response to this cut, MBK can anticipate that the number of persons seeking daily services (such as relief from extreme heat/cold) will increase. We strive to be a community caregiver that provides those in need with invaluable social services, care, and resources to regain healthy stability – but we can’t do it without your help. The only way that MBK will be able to meet this demand is if our donors continue to expand their generous donations of cash and food for those in need. MBK will continue to advocate for:
- Permanent, efficacious, supportive housing for those community members whose gross income is less than a living wage
- Housing for disabled persons
- Housing for semi-ambulatory senior citizens
- Housing for senior citizens
- Housing for person diagnosed with mental illness who can live on their own with support services
- Affordable housing for youth 21 years to 30 years who otherwise would be “couch surfing”
Check out the full Baltimore Sun article for more detailed information on how these cuts will directly impact available beds, open shelters, and community outreach.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest,Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.