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.
Baltimore County Emergency Shelter and Housing Facilities
Baltimore County offers a range of shelter options for individuals and families who are homeless, including emergency, domestic violence, cold weather, and transitional shelters. They have four year-round emergency shelter facilities that provide a total of 348 beds to help house the homeless, which is especially important in the winter months. These shelters include:
- Eastside Family Shelter (9100 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 108, Rosedale, MD)
- Westside Men’s Shelter (55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, MD)
- Hannah More Women’s Shelter (12041 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown, MD)
- Night of Peace Overnight Family Shelter (7509 Windsor Mill Rd., Windsor Mill, MD)
Note: Anyone seeking the services of these shelters must be referred through Baltimore County’s coordinated intake system. To access services, please call 410-853-3000; option 2.
Baltimore County Cold or Freezing Weather Shelter
In addition to the aforementioned year-round shelters, Baltimore County offers overnight shelter beds in the event of cold or freezing weather. Cold or freezing weather shelter beds are only available from November 15th through April 15th, and only when temperatures have fallen to 32 degrees or below with the windchill factored in. To access these shelters, you must also call 410-853-3000 and choose option 2. There are also options for warming centers here.
For information about more local resources, please refer to our blog “How to Help the Homeless in Baltimore Suffering in the Deathly Cold.” Together, we can save lives this season.
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.