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June 13, 2014
We are looking to open vacant government buildings to shelter illegal immigrants but we won't open them up for our own homeless citizens ( "Immigrant children's center eyed for city ," June 10). Am I missing something here? Wayne Kirschnick, Annapolis Junction - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Natalie Sherman and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
After her mother died in 2010, Sidney Allen could no longer afford the rent on the home they shared and spent the next three years bouncing between friends' couches and short-term rentals, without a home to call her own. Her homelessness ended in April, six months after meeting with a Bon Secours case worker, when she moved into a house on Smallwood Street. She pays $200 a month for it, thanks to one of 650 federal housing vouchers set aside for the homeless as part of the city's 10-year campaign to address the problem in the city.
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NEWS
By Natalie Sherman and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
After her mother died in 2010, Sidney Allen could no longer afford the rent on the home they shared and spent the next three years bouncing between friends' couches and short-term rentals, without a home to call her own. Her homelessness ended in April, six months after meeting with a Bon Secours case worker, when she moved into a house on Smallwood Street. She pays $200 a month for it, thanks to one of 650 federal housing vouchers set aside for the homeless as part of the city's 10-year campaign to address the problem in the city.
NEWS
August 13, 2014
Regarding your recent report on vacant housing in Baltimore, yes, vacant houses are a problem, but don't confuse them with the problem of homelessness ( "Baltimore vacants are linked to crime, as are other indicators," Aug. 7). Broken windows, boarded up doors, and overgrown weeds devalue surrounding homes. However, most people are homeless because they cannot afford the costs associated with housing. Homelessness itself is not a crime nor does it necessarily lead to criminal activity.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has awarded $5.2 million in homeless prevention grants to six Maryland-based nonprofit organizations. The grants are intended to help 925 homeless and at-risk veterans in the state with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA benefits. Surveys indicate there about 300 homeless veterans in Baltimore. The number has remained steady since at least 2009.
HEALTH
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
Almost 30 years ago, Health Care for the Homeless was founded in Baltimore to help people "falling through the cracks" of the health care system; now the organization has created a program to ensure that people don't fall through the cracks of its own system. "We needed to make sure we were getting beyond these four walls," said the organization's CEO Kevin Lindamood, as he sat in the organization's clinic at 421 Fallsway. "To serve those that are so vulnerable they're not able to make it here.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Baltimore County plans to shorten shelter stays, increase outreach to people on the streets and expand job-seeking help under a 10-year plan to reduce homelessness. Helping people find a path to self-sufficiency was the focus as county officials and advocates unveiled the long-term plan Thursday. They want to break stereotypes, too. "We have to educate our county residents that homelessness isn't the guy panhandling on the street," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. Kamenetz described being shocked after hearing a few years ago from a man he grew up with.
NEWS
June 16, 2014
The concern of federal and local officials for homeless immigrant youth is touching ( "Rawlings-Blake voices concern over immigrant shelter," June 10). Thank goodness their opposition to this shelter isn't based on the ethnicity of these children, as might be the case in less enlightened environs. With the leadership of these officials, however, and with the support of many individuals and institutions in the Baltimore area, we can open our hearts and doors to these homeless children.
NEWS
June 14, 2014
I was saddened but not surprised to read of the proposal to house immigrant children in the old Social Security office building downtown ( "Feds scrap plan for immigrant shelter at Metro West," June 11). Where were such feelings of humanity and charity, where were such acts of compassion or proposals on the table, after the ruthless bulldozing of an entire homeless community under the Jones Falls in 2013 - an act that is set to be repeated? We should first and foremost be caring for our own legal Maryland citizens.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 14, 2014
Nobody asked me, but ... it's hard to believe that Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County school superintendent, could take a consulting job with a company that does business with the school system he runs and not see that as a problem. He says he "didn't recognize" a conflict of interest at the time. Here's what I'd write on his report card: "Dallas needs to work on making better choices. I suggest a summer camp for the ethically challenged. " Instead of just closing down another encampment of homeless people, maybe Baltimore officials can find a place for them and their tents, a small campground with running water, for the toughest cases - people who, for various reasons, do not fit into any of the city's current programs to reduce homelessness.
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
June 13, 2014
We are looking to open vacant government buildings to shelter illegal immigrants but we won't open them up for our own homeless citizens ( "Immigrant children's center eyed for city ," June 10). Am I missing something here? Wayne Kirschnick, Annapolis Junction - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Standing outside his tent pitched on the sidewalk by a defunct downtown diner, Jimmy Stewart III wondered aloud where he'll sleep after city officials force him to leave Friday morning. The city is set to remove Stewart, 54, and a couple dozen other homeless people from their temporary homes on soggy mattresses along the Fallsway at makeshift campsites between parking spaces under the Jones Falls Expressway and inside tents huddled against the closed Hollywood Diner. It will be the fifth time in four years the city has forced him to move, Stewart said.
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