Front Door Program Receives $1 Million to Address Family Homelessness
(Baltimore, MD) – St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore announced today it was awarded a $1 million grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a part of the City of Baltimore’s Continuum of Care application. The $1,042,320 grant will enable St. Vincent de Paul to undertake a large expansion of its Front Door Rapid Re-housing program for homeless families, increasing the numbers served each year from 65 families to 110 families. In addition, through a partnership with House of Ruth Maryland, a portion of the 110 families served will include those fleeing intimate partner violence.
“We are thrilled to be able to expand these vitally needed, rapid-rehousing services in Baltimore, and are especially pleased to be partnering with House of Ruth Maryland to provide these services to families who have been made homeless due to intimate partner violence,” said Mary Rode, Senior Vice President, Program Services at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. “In recent years, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore has been at the forefront of introducing rapid rehousing strategies to homeless families in Baltimore City, working with our funding partners that include The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Abell Foundations, United Way, and the City of Baltimore. We look forward to expanding the impact of these services and significantly reducing family homelessness.”
Families who are homeless, nationally and in Baltimore, represent about one third of the homeless population, and have been the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in recent years. They face many challenges to regaining housing due to the challenges of finding affordable housing for families on limited incomes, juggling employment while caring for children, and often needing to overcome other barriers to housing that include mental and mental health needs, domestic violence, lack of education, unemployment, and underemployment.
One of the national best practices for reducing family homelessness is rapid re-housing, which has proven to significantly reduce the length of time that families are homeless, thereby lessening the negative impact of homelessness on both adults and children. The Front Door Program aligns with Baltimore’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, which recognizes a critical need to support alternative permanent housing strategies.
The families served by Front Door are assisted in locating market-rate rental units in communities close to where their children are in school and where the family has existing support systems. Families are provided with client assistance to remove barriers to housing and short or medium term rental assistance based on the needs and resources of each family.. Case management is a critical component of rapid re-housing. Case Management helps families to access mainstream benefits, mental and physical health services, and support the family as they work to maintain their educational, employment, and financial well-being in order to achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland. With an operating budget of over $22 million per year, 14 programs, 243 staff members, and more than 3,800 volunteers, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore serves thousands of individuals and families each year. www.vincentbaltimore.org