City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

February 06, 2007

Glauber chosen as homeless services chief for the city

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced yesterday the appointment of Diane Glauber as chief of the city's homeless services division.

The division provides street outreach and shelter to homeless individuals and families in partnership with local nonprofit groups.

Glauber, an attorney and long-time affordable-housing advocate, takes over where her predecessor, Laura M. Gillis, left off.

Gillis resigned in November, in part because she said it was taking too long to transfer the agency from public entity to private nonprofit group.

Status as a nonprofit, a switch that the city is still considering, would allow the agency to raise private funds.

Gillis recently accepted a job with the National Center on Family Homelessness.

Glauber, who most recently worked for Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., in Columbia, said she wants to expand shelter options for homeless people, including adding more daytime drop-in centers, where people could take classes or escape the cold.

"There should be no one on the street ever, especially in this weather," said Glauber, referring to yesterday's bitter cold temperatures.

Many overnight shelters require that clients leave in the early morning.

Glauber said she will also continue work on the city's 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness.

She will report directly to the city's health commissioner, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein.

Lynn Anderson

Baltimore: Education

Public forum set to discuss budget

Baltimore school officials are planning a public forum on their budget process for the 2007-08 school year on Thursday night. The forum, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be held in the first-floor boardroom of the school system's headquarters, 200 E. North Ave. Information: 410-396-8709, or www.baltimorecityschools.org.

Lecture

Speaker to discuss learning differences

Dr. Mel Levine, an author and national authority on learning differences, will discuss his book Ready or Not, Here Life Comes at a lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Day School, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Levine will address the question of why some young people make a successful transition into adulthood and others do not. Levine is a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School and has written 10 books. The event is free. To make reservations, send e-mail to mlresponse @bhcds.org.

Public health

HIV testing to be offered tomorrow

Baltimore City Healthy Start Inc. and the Coalition of Baltimore HIV Providers will provide free HIV testing and education at New Song Academy, 1530 Presstman St., tomorrow in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. African-Americans are said to make up 85 percent of the more than 14,000 Baltimoreans with HIV. Information: 410-396-7318.

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