Health Care For the Homeless, Inc. estimates that at least 3,000 people in Baltimore suffer from homelessness on any given night, with 50,000 people experiencing homelessness annually statewide. Yesterday, WBAL released a report shedding some light on the increase in homeless youth numbers in Baltimore. Along with that, the lack of resources available to homeless children who aren’t accompanied by an adult. Let us tell you more about this local concern.
Minimal Housing Options for Homeless Youth in Baltimore
A report published by the Abell Foundation found that more than 1,400 young people in Baltimore are living on their own without a stable place to call home. Many of these young members of the homeless community have no access to viable resources, so they resort to sleeping on bus stops and in vacant houses. The report also found that there is only one operational shelter in Baltimore that currently accepts unaccompanied kids under the age of 18.
Loving Arms, Inc. Opens Their Doors to Homeless Youth
Cindy Williams operates Loving Arms, Inc. – shockingly, the only shelter in Baltimore that doesn’t turn away kids under 18 for not being accompanied by a parent. Williams told WBAL that, “If a kid knocks on this door, they don’t have to be with an adult. We’re going to let them in. Now, we’re going to reach out and contact the caregiver.” She went on to explain that, “We do a holistic approach. We work with the child. Now we’ve got to work with the parents, too. I’m finding a lot of times that the parents are just as broken, too.” Loving Arms, Inc. works to connect kids with invaluable resources that will help them transition from homelessness into self-sustaining adulthood. They also mentor children of prisoners and provide residential and child placement services. The shelter is located at 3313 Oakfield Ave, Gwynn Oak, Maryland.
Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Response to the Homeless Youth Crisis
According to WBAL, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh acknowledged the severity of the homeless youth crisis by referring to it as, “a complex issue, which requires a collaborative and innovative approach… As a community, we are building momentum and moving urgently, but need to continue developing community relationships and identifying new resources.” Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we couldn’t agree more. We must work together to help our brothers and sisters in need. If you are homeless, hungry, or in need of resources in Irvington please call us.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping the Homeless
At My Brother’s Keeper, we know the importance of helping our homeless brothers and sisters. That is why we work closely with Project PLASE to help serve the needs of the Baltimore homeless community. 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.