Homelessness is a widespread concern that plagues individuals in Baltimore and throughout the world. It is fundamentally born from poverty, lack of affordable housing and restricted resources to healthcare. During the winter months, homelessness can be especially dangerous for its victims due to freezing temperatures and inclement weather that could incite fatal hypothermia. Homelessness in Baltimore is a serious issue.
If you know a homeless person in Baltimore who needs help, please refer them to Project PLASE, Inc. – an organization who provides transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults. Project PLASE works to treat, restore and rehabilitate the most vulnerable and underserved, including those with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities and ex-offenders. Learn about other ways to help the homeless in Baltimore this winter with My Brother’s Keeper here. Let’s review some frequently asked questions about homelessness in Baltimore and nationwide.
How Many People In Baltimore Are Homeless?
According to Health Care For the Homeless, Inc. – at least 3,000 people in Baltimore will suffer from homelessness on any given night, tallying to over 30,000 people a year. Throughout Maryland, over 50,000 people will experience homelessness annually. These averages are compiled from information in a bi-annual census report, emergency and transitional shelter data and records of those who were turned away from shelters. There is no way to know the exact number of people who are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore, but it is likely higher than this average.
How Many People in America Are Homeless?
Again, it is nearly impossible to produce an exact number in response to this question. However, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
- In January 2015, there were 564,708 people without homes on any given night in the United States.
- Of that number, 206,286 were those in families, and 358,422 were individuals.
- About 15 percent of this homeless population – 83, 170 – are deemed “chronically homeless” individuals (those who have experienced homelessness for over a year, have experienced episodes of homelessness at least four times in the last year, and has a disability)
- About 2 percent – 13,105 – are deemed “chronically homeless” members of a family (if your family is homeless and one member meets this criteria, you are considered “chronically homeless” as a whole)
- About 8 percent of the homeless population – 47, 725 – are veterans.
- According to Veterans, Inc., the number of Vietnam-era veterans that are now experiencing homelessness is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war.
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.