Posts Tagged ‘ homeless ’

What Dangers Do the Homeless Face During the Winter?

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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.


How Hostile Architecture Targets the Homeless

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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.


Helping Hydrate the Homeless

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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.


Does Climate Change Impact the Homeless?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

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.


Did Salt Lake City Really Solve Their Issue With Homelessness?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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?


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…)

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…)

The Importance of Hydrating the Homeless: Donate Water Today

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Donate water bottles to My Brother's Keeper today to help save a life lost to dehydration.

Donate water bottles to My Brother’s Keeper today to help save a life lost to dehydration.

As these hot summer days grow humid, muggy, and uncomfortable, it’s natural to wonder how anyone could tolerate spending extensive time outdoors. For many in the homeless community in Baltimore, they don’t have a choice. When temperatures rise and emergency shelters are full, it can be difficult for these people to find cool shelter or shade – much less water. Let’s discuss the importance of hydration in the homeless community and how you can help. (more…)

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