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How Can You Help the Homeless This Winter?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Homeless

This winter, consider how the weather might impact the homeless—and how you can make a difference.

We’ve gone over what winter risks are the most prominent to our friends dealing with homelessness before, but we haven’t talked much about what the rest of us can do. From hypothermia to frostbite, the homeless are certainly dealing with enough issues on their plate this winter. If you’re concerned about what you can do while the weather is cold, take these tips from us at My Brother’s Keeper to heart.

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What Dangers Do the Homeless Face During the Winter?

Friday, January 5th, 2018
Homeless

Winter can bring about some minor annoyances for most people, but for the homeless, it can be dangerous.

The Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area has been facing a colder winter than we’ve seen in the past few years already; we saw snow in early December and it has continued into early January as well. For most of this, all this signals is that it’s time to pull out the winter coats from under our beds, swap out our tires for winter ones, and shovel some snow out of the driveway. Those who are struggling with being homeless, however, face much more serious and potentially life-threatening dangers during the colder months.

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Taking a Look at The Relationship Between Homelessness and Mental Illness

Monday, September 25th, 2017
Homelessness

There’s a strong correlation between homelessness and mental illness.

It’s a hard statistic to face but approximately one-third of the total homeless population suffers serious, untreated mental illness, according to a research summary put together by the Treatment Advocacy Center. It’s startling to think that one of the most entrenched and difficult problems to overcome in America isn’t merely a class distinction but a public health epidemic. Today we want to take a look at the relationship between homelessness and mental health and why they play into one another.

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How Hostile Architecture Targets the Homeless

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Design of public spaces is usually meant to benefit everyone, but what about the homeless population?

Take a walk around New York City’s subway system and you may see curious looking benches. They don’t have seats, and instead of letting you rest and sit down, you’re meant to lean your body up against the tilted wooden blocks set at back level. It’s a strange design and on the surface, it may not seem apparent that there’s any reason for these to exist other than affordability and a gimmicky design. The reality is that public features such as this are intended to keep the homeless out of certain spaces—it’s all part of a concept called hostile architecture.

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Helping Hydrate the Homeless

Friday, August 4th, 2017
Homeless

Keeping hydrated is a necessity for all of us, but it can be particularly difficult for the homeless population.

Summer is still in full swing–the weather is hot, muggy, and humid. Many of us have the benefit of enjoying our air conditioned homes as an escape from the awful heat, but there’s a huge homeless community in Baltimore who don’t have this option. It’s difficult enough for the homeless to find shelter and shade, but it can be even more difficult for them to find water. Keeping the homeless community hydrated is incredibly important to us here at My Brother’s Keeper so we want to discuss how you can help.

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Can Social Media Help the Homeless?

Monday, June 26th, 2017
Homeless

Can social media actually benefit the homeless? It turns out that there may be a way it can help.

Just about all of us utilize social media in our day-to-day lives–it’s a resource we take for granted as we like each other’s posts about our families, put some pictures of our weekend up on Instagram, and check what the buzz is on Twitter. Social media is great for those reasons but there’s another, lesser known side of it that is fantastic as well. Social media has proven to be a big help to the homeless population. Don’t believe it? We’re going to use this blog to take a look at some of the wonderful things social media has done for homeless people.

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Does Climate Change Impact the Homeless?

Monday, June 12th, 2017
Homeless

It may not seem like climate change would have an impact on the homeless, but the reality is much more startling.

America has been experiencing some strange weather lately. Between patches of California getting hotter than they have in a long time and the hurricanes that are sweeping up the South, we’ve seen the clear and distinct impacts that climate change can have on the weather. It makes a difference in each of our daily lives, and while we have many modern amenities to help combat the changing weather patterns, those who don’t have access to such resources are truly feeling it. When we talk about climate change, it’s critical that we think about everyone it’s impacting–and that includes the homeless population.

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Did Salt Lake City Really Solve Their Issue With Homelessness?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Homelessness

While Salt Lake City may not have actually given all of their homeless population homes, what they’ve done certainly says a lot about homelessness.

In 2015, a segment on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” touted Salt Lake City, Utah’s approach to their population suffering from homelessness as a miracle cure. The segment, at the hands of reporter Hasan Minhaj, painted a beautiful and simple picture: all Salt Lake City had done to rid themselves of homelessness was to give the homeless homes. It’s a novel idea and the numbers seemed to back up their report, leading to the story being picked up by The Washington Post, NBC News, and L.A. Times. The immense success left some wondering: if it was such an effective policy change, why didn’t more cities adopt it? Beyond that, did Salt Lake City really solve their chronic homelessness issue?

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Spring Showers: The Necessity of Emergency Shelters in Baltimore

Friday, April 28th, 2017
Emergency Shelters in Baltimore

Spring showers can be a health risk just like snowstorms. That’s why emergency shelters in Baltimore are so important.

For many of us, spring showers represent a time of growth and beauty. Spring is in the air and everyone seems glad that the weather has finally warmed up. It’s been rainy lately, and it’s expected to keep on raining, so it’s important to take some time to reflect on how rain impacts others. Homelessness renders some people without the ability to escape the harshness of rain. Baltimore City’s Code Blue only impacts winter shelters, so we must rely on alternatives: emergency shelters in Baltimore.

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“Homeless Jesus” Statue at Home in Baltimore Through the Fall

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Photo courtesy of Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

Photo courtesy of Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

Five years ago when Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz visited inner city Toronto, he saw a homeless person sleeping on a bench – an image most Baltimore residents are all too familiar with. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the “Homeless Jesus” statue that now has a temporary home in Baltimore. (more…)


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