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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2013
Halfway through Baltimore's long-term plan to end homelessness, advocates complain that the strategy is in disarray and worry that the number of men, women and children without permanent homes has grown - despite millions of dollars being pumped into local services. The 10-year Journey Home strategy, the advocates say, has fallen short of its objective, floundering without a direct line of leadership or accountability and frustrating the social services community that is pushing for solutions to a primary cause of homelessness: the lack of affordable housing.
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NEWS
March 16, 2013
Despite the ruthless and cavalier manner with which the mayor's office steam-rolled the rights of homeless people camped under the JFX, there is a certain sense in which clearing the site was actually a good thing ("Homeless camp's clearing brings hope, questions," March 9). Transition of any kind after a period of stability - if one could call it that, given how the campers were living - comes with a natural degree of resistance. What many of the campers talk about is the sense of community and camaraderie that grew up among them over the months they were there.
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By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Homeless advocates and a city councilwoman sharply criticized Monday a Rawlings-Blake administration plan to remove an encampment of about a dozen homeless people this week from under the Interstate 83 overpass in central Baltimore. But administration officials defended the move as a safety measure, designed to protect homeless men and women from a camp they say is overrun by drugs, alcohol and violence. "I'm concerned about the safety of the individuals in the encampment," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Whitney Swander woke before dawn three days this week to talk with people who have been sleeping on the city's streets. That's how she met Ron — a man who has moved across the country since becoming homeless and, lately, has spent his days drinking coffee in a McDonald's in southern Baltimore. "He wants a way into a more stable life," she said, pausing. "I keep thinking about Ron. " The Mayor's Office of Human Services-Homeless Services Program and the Baltimore Home for Good Campaign announced Friday morning an initiative to find housing for the 75 most vulnerable homeless people in the city.
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From The Aegis | January 8, 2013
Providers of homeless services, community volunteers, police and the Harford County Government will come together Thursday, Jan. 24, in a coordinated effort to conduct a one-day count of homeless people living in Harford County. Like many communities, Harford County has many who are living in places not meant for human habitation — outside and unsheltered — or who are relying daily on some form of emergency housing. Conducting a count of the homeless in the community will not only help determine how many are homeless, but also will help service providers understand the underlying issues that have contributed to those becoming homeless.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
Bonnie Lane stands in front of Baltimore's City Hall, arms crossed, lips pursed, on a mission. Her stance is memorialized in a photo and article on the pages of Word on the Street, the fledgling newspaper she helped launch nearly a year ago. The "street paper" — one of 23 in the United States — is produced by homeless people, their advocates, and those who were once homeless, such as Lane. "You need to give people hope," Lane, 39, said. "Once they lose hope, they're not motivated to make things better for themselves.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
Tucked behind trees off a street in Glen Burnie are about a dozen mostly makeshift tents and a small trailer, forming a small community of homeless people who have been there off and on for several years. Now, Anne Arundel County has ordered the homeless to leave the site by April 3 — the second time in about a year there's been a push to clear the site. County agencies and nonprofit organizations — the Department of Social Services and the nonprofit Arundel House of Hope among them — are trying to connect the homeless people there with shelters and other services.
NEWS
March 1, 2012
Advocates for the rehabilitation of people with criminal records will rally and lobby in Annapolis Thursday for measures that would help released inmates avoid homelessness and assimilate back into their communities. Two nonprofits, the Job Opportunities Task Force and Healthcare for the Homeless, will mobilize people to join an "I'm for Second Chances" march from Stanton Community Center to Lawyers Mall starting at 9:30 a.m. After a rally at the mall, advocates will spend the day holding workshops, testifying at hearings and visiting lawmakers' office to lobby for legislation aimed at helping ex-offenders reintegrate into society.
EXPLORE
January 31, 2012
Dear Editor: I wanted to express my sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Tameka and George, who died due to exposure and/or carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping in a tent in Aberdeen. The fact that this could happen in an affluent area such as Harford County may seem mind-boggling; but, in reality, the sad truth is that the homeless population is growing everywhere. I was very happy to see in Mr. Vought's editorial he addressed these two tragic deaths. And he's right; indeed some homeless people do not want assistance.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 31, 2012
A group of 50 to 60 people gathered in downtown Aberdeen Thursday evening to remember two homeless people who died last Friday after they were found unresponsive in a tent at an encampment in the woods on the city's east side. Standing near the corner of Franklin and Parke streets near the library, city hall and festival park, the group included members of the clergy, advocates for the homeless and mental health, families and friends of the two dead people and other homeless people.
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