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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…)

Homeless Deaths: Maryland’s 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness

Friday, December 9th, 2016
2016 annual report on homelessness in maryland

Infographic courtesy of the 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness

It is no secret that drastic weather temperatures put the lives of those living in the homeless community at greater risk. Homeless people die for various reasons year-round, but the threat of hypothermia in the winter months is a cause for extreme concern. My Brother’s Keeper would like to shed some light on the reality of homeless deaths in Maryland, as well as give you information on a Homeless Memorial Service being held on December 21st in Annapolis. (more…)

How to Help Homeless Mothers and Children in Irvington

Monday, May 9th, 2016

 

Do you know a homeless mother or child in the Irvington community that needs help?

Do you know a homeless mother or child in the Irvington community that feels trapped or needs help?

Many people express gratitude and love towards their mothers during this time of year. Being a mother is a tough job, and not all women have access to the financial support and resources that they need to raise their children. There is an estimated 3,000 people without homes in Baltimore on any given night. Mothers and children make up over a quarter of this population. Depending on the nature of the situation, it can be extremely difficult for mothers to seek help safely.

My Brother’s Keeper works with Project PLASE to help the struggling or homeless mothers and children in the Irvington community. We provide various hot meal programs and social resources to those in need of emergency shelter, housing assistance, clothing, counseling, and more. Let’s talk about the Project PLASE Shelter Diversion and Rapid Rehousing Program in Baltimore.

If you know a local mother in need, guide her to this invaluable resource. You can also consider donating children and women’s clothing to MBK, including maternity and newborn clothes.

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Facts About Hunger: It Literally Shrinks Your Heart

Friday, March 4th, 2016

paper with the text I am hungry

Hunger can shrink your heart and negatively effect your brain and vital organs.

We are all familiar with the concept of hunger. We miss breakfast, maybe lunch, don’t have time to grab a snack, whatever the case – we feel hunger pangs in our body and are plagued by a lack of concentration and mental stability. In reality, those SNICKERS® ads that market, “You’re not you when you’re hungry,” really aren’t wrong. People in the homeless community or those lacking the ability to provide the proper nutrients to themselves or their families experience hunger in a more intense way that most of us have never known. My Brother’s Keeper is here with some facts about hunger. (more…)

How to Show The Homeless in Baltimore Some Love This February

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

 

homeless in baltimore

People tend to be more generous to members of the homeless community surrounding holidays, but these people need your help year-round.

Valentine’s Day may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean you should stop spreading the love – especially to those in the homeless community in Baltimore. People tend to be more generous and caring towards those who are homeless in Baltimore during a holiday. But the truth is, these members of our community are in need of assistance year-round. My Brother’s Keeper is here with some reminders of how you can help those in need around you this month (and every month thereafter). (more…)

Shocking Statistics About Homelessness in Baltimore and Nationwide

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Homelessness can affect individuals and families of any race, age or social standing. Have you helped the homeless lately?

Homelessness can affect individuals and families of any race, age or social standing. Have you helped the homeless lately?

Homelessness is a widespread concern that plagues individuals in Baltimore and throughout the world. It is fundamentally born from poverty, lack of affordable housing and restricted resources to healthcare. During the winter months, homelessness can be especially dangerous for its victims due to freezing temperatures and inclement weather that could incite fatal hypothermia. Homelessness in Baltimore is a serious issue.

If you know a homeless person in Baltimore who needs help, please refer them to Project PLASE, Inc. – an organization who provides transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults. Project PLASE works to treat, restore and rehabilitate the most vulnerable and underserved, including those with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities and ex-offenders. Learn about other ways to help the homeless in Baltimore this winter with My Brother’s Keeper here. Let’s review some frequently asked questions about homelessness in Baltimore and nationwide.

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Volunteer in Baltimore This Holiday Season

Monday, December 21st, 2015
MBK

Volunteer to help serve hot meals to hungry people in Baltimore

The holidays in Baltimore can be a cheerful and joyous time for those fortunate enough to have their health, home and means to eat. But for the homeless and financially depressed communities in Baltimore, the holidays can be a disappointing and rather hungry time. To experience success serving the Irvington community, My Brother’s Keeper relies heavily on our generous volunteers. This holiday season, we encourage you to compassionately join our efforts and experience a greater sense of meaning. How can you help?

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Trends in Homelessness

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Homelessness-Trends

Has progress been made over the years on homelessness? Are there more children suffering from homelessness now than a year ago? In the United States, two major departments work to collect data about homelessness across the nation in order to answer these questions. These two departments are the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Ten Ways to End Homelessness: Part 2

Friday, May 15th, 2015

HomelessnessAs we discussed in our previous blog, The National Alliance to End Homelessness is continuously providing organizations throughout the country with tools and information to help end homelessness. They have released a list of “ten essentials” that can be implemented in different communities throughout the country to help the fight against this terrible problem within our nation.

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