July 5, 2009
1 The woman had survived cancer but lost her job. That is what she was hoping to replace when she reached out to the Eastpoint Workforce Development Center in Essex for help. But a counselor there learned that the woman was living in her car and immediately found a shelter bed for her. Then he was able to guide her to medical and prescription assistance. Credit A Helping Hand in Hard Times, a new Web tool that is helping Baltimore County staff and job-seekers locate a wide range of emergency assistance.
May 13, 2009
The waiting lines for food and medical assistance, always long at state Department of Human Resources offices, have grown even longer during this economic downturn as a surge in applicants has stretched caseworkers to the limit and left many people without benefits, simply because there aren't enough staff workers to process their claims. Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz's poignant story Tuesday about Miracyle Thompson, a pregnant mother who was forced to skip meals so that her children could eat, represents a dilemma faced by thousands of Maryland residents who have waited longer than the 30 days allowed by federal law for emergency assistance approval.
January 27, 2008
College Park -- In the aftermath of Maryland's embarrassing home losses to Ohio University and American last month, forward James Gist seemed to be taking much of the criticism for his lack of production, effort and leadership. Gist fouled out of both games, playing a total of 47 minutes, contributing 11 points and 10 rebounds. The only fourth-year senior on the team, Gist was seeing his final season as a Terrapin quickly slipping away. Duke@Maryland Tonight, 6:30, Comcast SportsNet, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Records: No. 4 Duke (16-1, 4-0 ACC)
November 21, 2007
In this season of bounty, there are troubling reminders of hunger in our midst that should not be acceptable. Two reports last week found that the number of hungry Americans, including children, remains about the same, which is way too many people. And things aren't likely to get better as food, energy and housing costs are increasing while salaries remain the same or decline. Reducing hunger requires more aggressive public and private action. The federal Department of Agriculture reported that in 2006, there was a slight increase in "food insecure" households, up from 12.59 million in 2005 to 12.65 million in 2006, or nearly 11 percent of all households.
July 28, 2006
In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration was so eager to compensate for initial bungling that imperiled thousands of Gulf Coast residents, it began passing out cash aid to victims almost indiscriminately. So many people took advantage of this invitation to fraud that federal investigators estimate that 16 percent of the emergency assistance money - about $1 billion - was misspent on bogus victims and duplicate payments, with uses of the funds including football season tickets, divorce lawyers, and - most famously - a sex-change operation.
May 1, 2005
THE QUESTION: How many calls does the 911 county emergency dispatch center in Westminster typically receive in a year? THE ANSWER: The dispatch center fielded 55,375 calls for help last year, according to the county Office of Public Safety. That's a 67 percent increase since 1994, when the center handled 33,071 calls. Last year, emergency assistance was dispatched in response to 15,104 of those calls, up from 10,728 in 1994. Send your questions of general interest to: carroll.letters@baltsun.