January 30, 2013
Maryland is currently experiencing the coldest temperatures in nearly two years, with multiple days that have been well-below freezing ("Cold snap raises health concerns," Jan. 24.) As your article points out, our most vulnerable residents - the elderly and the homeless - are exposed to deadly conditions. We've already had 11 deaths so far linked to hypothermia, and that was before the most recent cold. What people may not realize is that many shelters offer resources for the homeless beyond a warm place to stay.
January 29, 2013
This is in response to a letter Jessica Grant wrote about the homeless facility Howard County is trying to build in North Laurel in the opinion section of the Laurel Leader (Dec. 21). First of all we cannot compare the homeless men, women and children of this area to the homeless in Los Angeles and Florida. Evidently she has never been around our homeless community. I tried it for three years, mostly in North Laurel. I have met some great people, also a few bad ones, but most of all we are like a big family that takes care of each other. Don't get me wrong, it's a day-to-day struggle out there.
December 21, 2012
A memorial service was held late Friday - the longest night of the year - at the Inner Harbor to honor the more than 100 homeless men and women who died this year in Baltimore. The ceremony, in its 22nd year, was also intended to raise awareness for the struggles of the homeless, said Adam Schneider, spokesman for Healthcare for the Homeless. He said men and women who are homeless are three to four times more likely to die prematurely than those with a home. The average age of a homeless individual at death is 47. The names of those who died were read aloud for the roughly 150 people in attendance, and a candle was lit in honor of each of the deceased.
January 23, 2012
Five men say they have been banned from the city's homeless shelter after a fight broke out Saturday evening, prompting concerns from legal advocates about the shelter's protocol for barring the homeless from the $8 million facility. The shelter's manager said that at least a dozen intoxicated men had attacked staffers Saturday night and police arrested two after witnessing them strike employees. "Anyone that physically assaults a client or staff member is permanently barred from our shelter," said shelter manager Linda Trotter.
January 22, 2012
Deverick Howell could only stare at the television as Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff's last-chance field goal attempt hooked left of the uprights, dealing the team and its fans a heartbreaking 23-20 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots. "I feel angry and disappointed," said Howell, who had worn his purple sneakers and loudly cheered the team on with fellow residents of Christopher Place, a residence for 60 formerly homeless men at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center on Fallsway.
July 12, 2011
Artscape — a celebration of visual and performing arts extending 12 city blocks, centered on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street, is July 15-16, noon-10 p.m., and July 17, noon-8 p.m. Includes live music, dance, classical and experimental music, opera and theater performances, fashion, film, art, street theater, children's activities, food and beverages. Free. Go to http://www.artscape.org or http://www.promotionandarts.com. Summer Sounds at the Square — a weekly outdoor summer concert series featuring live music by local bands, continues with the Apple Scruffs, a Beatles tribute band, July 15, 6-9 p.m., in the Belvedere Square courtyard, at the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue.