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The Need for More Homeless Youth Resources in Baltimore

Monday, February 20th, 2017
More than 1,400 young people in Baltimore are living on their own without a stable place to call home

More than 1,400 young people in Baltimore are living on their own without a stable place to call home

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. (more…)

Baltimore County Emergency Shelter and Housing Options

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
baltimore county winter shelter

To access Baltimore County emergency shelters you must call 410-853-3000 and choose option 2.

At My Brother’s Keeper, we understand that winter can be frightening and fatal for our brothers and sisters who are facing homelessness. Hypothermia can set in when temperatures are between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Baltimore is only authorized to declare a Code Blue Alert (which opens up emergency shelter) when temps fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower. Thankfully, there are emergency shelters in place in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties that provide life-saving winter relief to those in need. This week we’d like to enlighten you on Baltimore County winter shelter and emergency housing options. Please keep these resources in mind if you or someone you know is facing homelessness in Baltimore County. (more…)

Anne Arundel County Emergency Shelters for Winter Relief

Friday, January 20th, 2017
arundel house of hope homeless

Arundel House of Hope’s Winter Relief Program is a valuable resource for those in need of shelter from the harsh cold.

Winter is not over until March 20th, which means that the next couple of months are only going to grow more frigid and life threatening for the homeless communities in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. In last week’s blog, we shared that Hope for the Homeless reinstituted a rotating shelter program to address the need for emergency housing and winter relief in Harford County. This week, we would like to shed light on emergency housing options in Anne Arundel County. Please take note of these resources so that you can appropriately refer someone in need to their nearest shelter. (more…)

Hope for the Homeless unites Churches to Provide Winter Shelter

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Pastor Rick Haynes, head of security for the rotating shelter program run by the Harford County Hope for the Homeless Alliance, talks with guest Carolyn Castello Wednesday at this week's shelter at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air. (Image: The Baltimore Sun/David Anderson)

“Pastor Rick Haynes, head of security for the rotating shelter program run by the Harford County Hope for the Homeless Alliance, talks with guest Carolyn Castello Wednesday at this week’s shelter at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air.” (Source: The Baltimore Sun/David Anderson)

Weather in Maryland is uncharacteristically warm at the moment, but what happens when temperatures drop again? Homelessness in Baltimore and the surrounding areas can quickly turn fatal in the winter months, as we addressed in last week’s blog “Winter Homelessness in Baltimore: The Issue with Code Blue.” My Brother’s Keeper is happy to share that Hope for the Homeless has reinstituted a rotating shelter program to address the need for emergency housing in the nearby Harford County this season. (more…)

Winter Homelessness in Baltimore: The Issue with Code Blue

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower. What is wrong with this picture? (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Do you see what’s wrong with this picture? Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower, much lower than surrounding areas. (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Maryland winters can be highly unpredictable. From snow dustings to blizzards to uncharacteristically warm days in between, it can be difficult for a homeless person to know when they need to seek emergency shelter. Winter homelessness in Baltimore is incredibly dangerous, as many residents realized last month following the death of a local homeless man. Keep reading to learn more information about this unfortunate tragedy and to find out what the issue is with “Code Blue” in Baltimore. (more…)


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