Many people express gratitude and love towards their mothers during this time of year. Being a mother is a tough job, and not all women have access to the financial support and resources that they need to raise their children. There is an estimated 3,000 people without homes in Baltimore on any given night. Mothers and children make up over a quarter of this population. Depending on the nature of the situation, it can be extremely difficult for mothers to seek help safely.
My Brother’s Keeper works with Project PLASE to help the struggling or homeless mothers and children in the Irvington community. We provide various hot meal programs and social resources to those in need of emergency shelter, housing assistance, clothing, counseling, and more. Let’s talk about the Project PLASE Shelter Diversion and Rapid Rehousing Program in Baltimore.
If you know a local mother in need, guide her to this invaluable resource. You can also consider donating children and women’s clothing to MBK, including maternity and newborn clothes.
The Project PLASE Shelter Diversion and Rapid Rehousing Program
The shelter diversion program was developed to help families facing homelessness with the resources they need to achieve and maintain stability. Rather than entering a traditional shelter, these families are diverted to temporary housing. This program is ideal for various types of families, including young women with young children and families with newborns.
There are certain eligibility requirements, such as an adult living in the household being able to open a gas and electric bill in their name and make the monthly payments. To determine your eligibility, call 211 and request a referral. This program can benefit homeless mothers and children in Irvington in the following ways:
- Case Management – Meet one-on-one with a case manager who can help you identify your family’s strengths and weaknesses, work with you towards a permanent housing solution, and give you access to further resources
- Temporary Placement – Temporary placement is available to families who have been assessed and accepted into the program and families in need of emergency housing
- Housing and Financial Assistance – Rental and financial assistance may be granted for security deposits, rent, work-related expenses, furniture, utilities, and more.
- Educational Workshops – Mothers will be given the opportunity to expand their knowledge on how to reduce their utility bills, maintain a budget, open a savings account, and more cost-effective tips. The program also offers parenting skills workshops that can help mothers be their best selves for their children
- Post-Program Follow Up – Six months after the mother or family successfully moves on from the program, the case manager will follow up to confirm that they have stable housing or evaluate if they need to be re-entered. They will do another follow up at 12 months.
Click here to learn about the eligibility requirements and specifics of the Shelter Diversion and Rapid Rehousing Program.
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 addiction treatment referrals, prescription assistance, hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.