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.
Homeless Shelters in Baltimore
My Brother’s Keeper refers all homeless people that present themselves to the nearby Project PLASE (a shelter for homeless men and women) for timely and appropriate interventions. They are located at Beacon House Square 3549-3601, Old Frederick Road, Baltimore, Md. 21229
and can be reached at 410-837-1400. Many of these shelters also offer drug treatment programs and housing and employment assistance. Please familiarize yourself with the following list of shelters in Baltimore (there are several more, for full list click here) to find out which one is closest to you if you see someone in need:
- Fellowship of Lights: Shelter for children ages 12-17 years only; 410-332-4277; 1101 St Paul St # 111, Baltimore, MD 21202
- Salvation Army – Booth House: 24-hour emergency and transitional shelter for women, men and families with children; 410-685-8878; 1114 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202
- Prisoner’s Aid Association of Maryland: Emergency and transitional shelter for homeless ex-offenders; 410-662-0353; 204 E. 25th St, Baltimore, MD 21218
- Eutaw Center: Shelter for homeless men; 410-225-0981; 700 North Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Hearts Place (St. John’s) Shelter – Winter Overnight Shelter: Shelter for men, women and children (open November – April); 410-235-9269; 2640 St. Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21202
- My Sister’s Place: Daytime drop-in shelter with emergency assistance; 410-727-3523; 123 W. Mulberry St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- East Baltimore Street Shelter: Shelter for men; 410-675-4357; 1029 East Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD, 21202
- Maryland Center for Veterans’ Education and Training: Emergency and transitional shelter for veterans; 410-576-9296; 301 North High St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
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.