March 7, 2013
As a 44 year resident of Baltimore City, I cannot think of a better use of my taxes than paying to temporarily house the homeless individuals who are about to be evicted by the city from their meager camp in motels while they wait for permanent housing ("Homeless eviction plan criticized," March 5). Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's comments that doing so is "not a responsible use of taxpayer money," and Councilwoman Rikki Spector's reference to the camp as "toxic," made this proud resident of Baltimore feel shame that publicly elected officials would so openly demonstrate their contempt and lack of compassion for our most vulnerable citizens.
April 15, 2011
Jeff Singer, the longtime president and chief executive officer of Health Care for the Homeless, announced his retirement Thursday, and the organization said it was immediately launching a search committee to identify a successor. Singer's 40-year career advocating for homeless people and families included 13 years at the helm of Health Care for the Homeless, which he joined in 1987. During his tenure, the group tripled the size of a Baltimore-based clinic and state headquarters and launched new dental and pediatric programs, and he oversaw a budget that quadrupled from $3.2 million in 1998 to $13.5 million this year.
June 27, 2013
A plan to open an Edgemere residential program for homeless women is stirring concern among some residents in southeastern Baltimore County, highlighting a struggle that advocates for the homeless say they face in finding space for hundreds of people in need. Catholic Charities wants to open a facility called Hosanna House for 14 women, age 50 and older, at a former assisted-living facility and convent next to St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church. A county administrative law judge approved that plan earlier this year, but the North Point Peninsula Council and some residents filed an appeal.
January 31, 1992
Sign of the times: A former Equitable Trust branch at 111 Park Avenue, originally built as the terminal of the old Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad, is being converted into a clearinghouse for services for the homeless.When the $1.3 million transformation is completed this spring, the homeless will be able to obtain an array of emergency services ranging from legal aid to psychological counseling at the centrally located site. Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is in the process of renovating its Booth House, at 1114 North Calvert Street, into a 30-day emergency residence for women and children forced out of their homes by fire or other circumstances.
August 26, 2012
You can see why a state might require minors to have a parent's OK before they receive medical care. But Maryland law has made life especially difficult for homeless teenagers who have no adults watching out for them. It's the sort of problem that drives Lisa Stambolis crazy. As director of pediatric and adolescent health at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, she organized people — including homeless teens — to press for change. It worked. A new law offering more leeway for minors' medical treatment goes into effect Oct. 1. In July, Stambolis was honored for her efforts and named a White House "Champion of Change," one of 13 selected for their efforts on behalf of homeless youth.
November 20, 2006
The days and nights are colder, and makeshift tents have already sprung up in some areas of the city. It's that time of year when the homeless are more visible - and more vulnerable. In addition to providing more warm places for those without homes to spend the night this winter, the city is putting together a 10-year plan to end persistent homelessness. It's a worthy endeavor, but only if it leads to tangible results. The fact that incoming Mayor Sheila Dixon has identified helping the homeless as one of her top priorities is a promising start.