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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.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
A homeless woman whose wooded campsite in Glen Burnie was swallowed by flash flooding amid heavy rain Tuesday morning was swept 3,000 feet down a creek — including through a culvert beneath Governor Ritchie Highway — before being rescued. "She was extremely, extremely lucky," said Chief Keith Swindle, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman. "She could have been trapped. There's tons of debris down there. " About 1.3 inches of rain fell at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and flash flooding occurred around the region, leading into snow flurries Tuesday night.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | March 13, 2014
The following is compiled from police reports from the Towson and Cockeysville precincts. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. A man was assaulted and robbed by two men as he walked home Friday night, police reports state. At about 10 p.m. two men approached the man in the 600 block of Walker Avenue, and one of the assailants grabbed the man around the neck and forced him to the ground, police said. The second assailant then stole cash and a paycheck from the man's pocket, and the two then fled, police report.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
In July, Perry Black started waiting in line every day under the Interstate 83 overpass with hundreds of other homeless people, leaning on crutches after losing three of his toes to diabetes. Last month, Black finally got a bed at the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Housing Resource Center. When Catholic Charities took over the shelter over the summer, it set up a new system. Beds had been assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so the homeless showed up daily, hours in advance.
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By a Sun reporter, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
It was a bit sad to read about Baltimore City's homeless on the front page ("City's homeless line up, even as count is down" (Dec. 2) and then right underneath a story about Columbia spending more than $5 million to create a new park ("Columbia park plan has a butterfly theme"). Why with all the money some people have in this state can't more be done for the homeless? How about spending the $5 million to create more homeless shelters or help up grade the existing ones? This isn't just a Maryland issue but national one. I read all the time about big companies spending millions on frivolous things, so why can't they give more to help the homeless?
NEWS
March 11, 2014
The following is compiled from local police reports. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Wilkens Police Station at 410-887-0872. Old Frederick Road, 6000 block, Between 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and 11 p.m. March 5. Man of no fixed address arrested for breaking into residence. Man who called police heard suspect and asked him to leave. Trespasser returned shortly after and police responded to residence where man was arrested.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
As with many things in life, the secret to clarifying butter is patience. "You can't hurry love," chef Linda Vogler instructs her culinary students, gathered around as she helps a student skim the foamy, fatty spots from a saucepan of melted butter. Then she breaks into song: "You can't hurry love. No, you just have to wait ... " and the students burst into giggles, a few singing along. Vogler is the beloved culinary instructor at Light House, an Annapolis-based shelter and homeless prevention organization.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
As part of a strategy to reduce homelessness in Baltimore, the city is teaming up with BGE to eliminate some families' past due utility debt, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday. The new initiative, the Power of Home, is available to homeless families and individuals as part of the city's 10-year plan to end homelessness, the Journey Home. Rawlings-Blake said the city is working toward making homelessness in Baltimore rare and brief. "Taking practical steps like resolving past-due utility bills removes a huge barrier that keeps too many families from transitioning from a shelter to permanent housing," the mayor said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
Baltimore police said officers shot a man they encountered while responding to a robbery call near the city's Code Blue homeless shelter. Meanwhile, detectives were investigating a homicide in East Baltimore - the first in more than a week. The homicide occurred about 4:15 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Patterson Park Ave. Police said Terrence Woodard, 28, of East Baltimore, was shot in the head and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said Saturday they had no suspects.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
Editor: On behalf of the Harford Roundtable partners and the Continuum of Care, we would like to thank all of our churches, organizations and citizens for their generous donations in support of the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count, an evening outreach conducted this year on Jan. 29. During this year's outreach, donated hats, gloves, coats, blankets, personal care items, food and bus vouchers were distributed to the homeless encountered, and...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
After a brief and somewhat unexpected warm-up early Monday, bitter cold and blustery winds were returning to the Baltimore area, prompting renewed calls to limit energy usage and look out for the homeless. Temperatures climbed to 47 degrees by 11 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, as much as 10 degrees warmer than had been expected, before a front carrying chilling polar air began moving across the state. The thermometer dipped by midday, to 37 degrees by 2 p.m., with wind gusts up to 30 mph. A wind chill advisory was set for 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, with temperatures expected to plunge to the lower teens downtown and the lower single digits in the suburbs and wind chills as cold as 10 degrees below zero.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
A homeless man has been charged with numerous commercial burglaries throughout Anne Arundel County this summer. David Evi Cooper, 45, of no fixed address, was arrested last week and remains in custody. Police have been investigating a series of burglaries that began in early July. All involved a single suspect who made forced entries. During an investigation July 19 into a break-in at the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds in Crownsville, officers found a cell phone and were able to ascertain the owner's name.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Baltimore officials transported 37 homeless people to an emergency overflow shelter Tuesday after a heavy snowstorm struck the region. "We had 55 encounters," said Connor Scott, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management. "Eighteen refused to come with us. " The city issued a Code Blue alert Tuesday after the storm dumped up to 11 inches in parts of the Baltimore metro area, which prompted officials to open the shelter in the 200 block of Guilford Avenue. The shelter had last opened earlier this month when the polar vortex brought an extreme cold snap to the region.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
John Guy Cesare Jr., a utility engineer who earned degrees in both the nuclear field and theology, served aboard Navy submarines in the Cold War and later volunteered for Baltimore's poor and homeless, died of cancer Jan. 8 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Roland Park resident was 64. Born and raised in Vicksburg, Miss., he was a 1967 graduate of St. Aloysius High School and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering degree and a master's in nuclear engineering from Mississippi State University.
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