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What Dangers Do the Homeless Face During the Winter?

Friday, January 5th, 2018
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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
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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 Housing Policy Impacts School Policy

Friday, September 8th, 2017
School Policy

School policy is a big deal, but housing issues have a greater impact than we may realize.

Recently, The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed written by Nancy Newman regarding housing policy and its inherent ties to school policy. In it, Newman points out that “stable, affordable housing is critical for the future of our city’s children so that they can reach their children.” As much as we may place an emphasis on school policy, we won’t see major improvements in the education of our children if those policies are being bottlenecked by housing issues. For us at My Brother’s Keeper, this is an important concern and we believe Nancy Newman raises some important points.

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Helping Hydrate the Homeless

Friday, August 4th, 2017
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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
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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
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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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The Feel-Good Effect of Volunteering in Baltimore

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Volunteering in Baltimore is a meaningful act that holds benefits for both parties involved.

Volunteering in Baltimore is a meaningful act that holds benefits for both parties involved.

Volunteering your time and efforts isn’t just about the party in need. Helping other people feels good and can benefit the human body and brain in ways most people don’t consider. Let’s discuss why volunteering in Baltimore is a great option if you are looking for an activity with meaningful benefits. (more…)

“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…)

Baltimore County Emergency Shelter and Housing Options

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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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…)


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