Shelter operated by the homeless is slated to close

February 16, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

James Bilal is already homeless and in a couple of months he will be without a home.

Mr. Bilal lives in a homeless shelter located in an old firehouse at Eutaw Street and Druid Hill Avenue. In March, Mr. Bilal's unemployment checks run out, and the shelter is slated to close at the end of April.

On Friday, Mr. Bilal and some other men at the shelter made a desperate plea for jobs. They asked the news media to publicize their plight and to alert the public about their willingness to work.

The shelter, called Eutaw Centre, opened Jan. 16. It is operated by a coalition of homeless advocacy groups.

Mr. Bilal is the center's director and heads a staff of nine. The mayor's office supports the effort, supplying the building and minimum renovations, including a bathroom and providing free utilities.

Andrew Cannon of the Baltimore Homeless Union said the shelter is one of the few actually operated by homeless people themselves -- people, he said, who are eager to find a way out of their predicament by working at whatever jobs are available.

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