Housing People Experiencing Homelessness

December 15th, 2017

In Baltimore alone, at least 3,000 people suffer from homelessness on any given night, tallying to over 30,000 people a year. John was one of them.

John can tell you all about the homeless shelters in the greater Baltimore area because they have been his home for four years. In summer 2016, John came to Paul’s Place for help with housing and was fortunate enough to obtain a housing voucher through Baltimore City’s Coordinated Access process. He transferred his voucher to Baltimore County where he preferred to live and waited to be connected to his own home. Unfortunately, the voucher expired before he was able to find a property that would accept him. John returned to the shelter without hope of ever leaving.

After this disappointment, John continued working with Paul’s Place to find housing alternatives and together they discovered that he was eligible to be placed in Public Housing immediately. The application process was delayed when a past due balance from a previous stay in subsidized housing was discovered. Paul’s Place helped John settle his debt so his application could move forward. Within two months, he was offered a unit in North Baltimore and was finally able to move into his new home in August 2017.

Almost immediately after moving in, John was hired for a part-time maintenance position at Safeway which offers retirement benefits through the union. He also connected to Ticket to Work, a return to work program through social security that protects his disability benefits and provides individualized support during the transition to work.

John has settled into his new home and new life, and he is already setting new goals. He hopes to transition to the meat or deli department at Safeway and eventually transfer his job from the Towson store to the location off North Charles which is just 2 miles away from his home.

Paul’s Place’s STABLE Home Project connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness to Safe housing in a Timely manner that is Aligned with their needs, priced within their Budget, Local, and Enduring. Through the STABLE Home Project, Paul’s Place provides financial assistance for a security deposit, rent, and furnishings along with other case management services. Paul’s Place also keeps families housed with emergency financial assistance for eviction and utility cut-off prevention.

Join Us on Homeless Person’s Memorial Day
On the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, we join communities across the country to honor our neighbors without homes who have died in the last year.

Thursday, December 21, 2017
McKeldin Square (Light and E. Pratt Streets in Baltimore)
4:30 p.m.: Musical Prelude
5:00 p.m.: Program

Sponsoring organizations: Health Care for the Homeless, Bmore Housing for All, Stop Homelessness And Reduce Poverty (SHARP), Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative and the Coalition for Homeless Children and Families.

For those who live north of the city, a memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. Sponsored by Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless, the gathering begins at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30 p.m.