In 2013, a large group of volunteers took to the streets of Baltimore to conduct a census of the homeless population. The census was given the name “point in time” and was conducted by a group of volunteers called “The Journey Home” along with the Mayor’s Office of Human Services. The goal of the census is to have a solid number to go along with the growing problem of homelessness in the city of Baltimore. However, volunteers also found that while there are such a large number of homeless individuals within the city, many are suspect of any help that is offered. Some of the sad and important findings of this census are as follows:
- Volunteers found 2,638 homeless individuals the night of the census.
- 51% of the individuals were between the ages of 41 and 60 years old.
- Youths under the age of 25 were 20% of those counted.
- Veterans were 11% of those counted.
- Of those under the age of 25, 22% have been approached to sell drugs, or currently sell.
- Over half of those counted have experienced some type of substance abuse.
- Over half of those counted are or have experienced some type of mental illness.
- Of those counted 9% were survivors of domestic violence.
- The rate of homelessness in Baltimore City is 3 times the rate of the entire state of Maryland.
My Brother’s Keeper serves a hot lunch Monday thru Friday to between 50-70 guests. MBK’s guests include homeless persons from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. It was a “no brainer” for MBK to be a Point In Time site for the bi-annual homeless count! MBK’s participation helped with geographic and demographic data accuracy. MBK believes this data is important to policy decisions made by policymakers and local and national elected officials as they consider resources to serve this population.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the donations and volunteer services available. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.