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FAMILIES WHO ARE HOMELESS, NATIONALLY AND IN BALTIMORE, REPRESENT ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION.


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Ending Homelessness in the Baltimore Area

At St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, we seek to minimize both the incidence and duration of homelessness, with the ultimate goal of ending it. The best way to prevent homelessness is to help people who may be on the brink of homelessness to stay in their home through eviction prevention, or emergency financial assistance to prevent evictions. But once someone becomes homeless, we are ready to step in quickly and help.

Minimizing the length of time individuals and families are living on the streets or in shelters is absolutely key to avoid the long-term, negative effects of homelessness on both adults and children. For this reason, re-housing is always the immediate and central focus of all of our homeless services.  

For those who have experienced a crisis but are capable of sustaining housing, we employ best practices that involve short term interventions such as brief shelter stays to achieve stability, rapid re-housing, and shelter diversion services.

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Our services provide a comprehensive response to homelessness

For those with a long history of homelessness and who, due to disabilities or other circumstances, are unable to be self-sufficient, we offer transitional and permanent supportive housing services.

All of our homeless services embrace a national best practice approach called “Housing First” which, as the name suggests, is based on the philosophy that a homeless individual’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and other issues that may affect the household (addiction, unemployment, etc.) can and should be addressed once housing is obtained.   We help each homeless individual and family address their barriers to housing, strengthen their health and well-being, and build their educational, employment, and financial assets so that they may achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.

At St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, our services provide a comprehensive response to homelessness that combines stable housing programs and supportive services that meet the unique characteristics and needs of each individual and family. 

Our current homeless services programs are:

Beans & Bread 
A homeless day resource program that serves 300 people daily.  Using our daily meal service as a gateway to engage and encourage individuals to access additional services and resources available at the Center.  Additional on-site services include respite, healthcare, showers, laundry, employment services, case management, housing referrals and placement, mail receipt, identification obtainment, and telephone access.

Frederick Ozanam House
A recovery program for homeless men that provides transitional housing and supportive services in a semi-independent living environment.  On-site services include intensive case management, psycho-education, recovery support and life skills development, employment assistance and a continuum of substance abuse treatment.  Clients may access additional services at Beans & Bread.

Home Connections
A scattered-site Housing First permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless disabled adults.  Clients are provided supportive services including case management, linkages to healthcare, mental health and substance abuse recovery services.  Additionally, clients may access all the services provided at Beans & Bread.

Sarah’s Hope shelters
Provide 24-hour emergency, short-term shelter for homeless families with wrap-around supportive services including meals, healthcare, case management, employment services, adult education classes, advocacy, housing placement and referral, and on-site children’s services including after-school programming and Early Head Start and childcare at the Weinberg Early Childhood Center through a partnership with PACT.  There are two Sarah’s Hope family shelters: Sarah’s Hope, Mount Street located in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore City (131 beds) and Sarah’s Hope, Hannah More located on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County (85 beds).  Both shelters accept intact or dual-parent families, families headed by single fathers or mothers, and families with teenage sons. The goal is for families to meet their goals while in the program, have a short term stay, and discharge to permanent housing.

Front Door
A rapid re-housing and shelter diversion program that provides intensive case management, short-term rental assistance and other support services to assist homeless families in regaining and sustaining permanent housing. Front Door serves 65 families in Baltimore City and 85 individuals and families in Baltimore County each year.

Cottage Avenue Community
A comprehensive Housing First transitional housing program for homeless families so that they can learn to live independently and successfully transition to permanent housing and long-term self-sufficiency.  Families receive supportive services including case management, adult education, employment services, and access to mental health and healthcare services.

Parish Conferences
A network of 38 parish-based volunteer groups that provide eviction prevention and other financial assistance to help families in their local communities stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. Click here for a list of our Parish Conferences.

OUR PROGRAMS

Our programs alleviating homelessness include:

Beans & Bread

A homeless day resource center that provides daily meals and other supportive services.

Frederick Ozanam House

A recovery program for homeless men that provides transitional housing and supportive services.

Home Connections

A scattered-site Housing First permanent supportive housing program for 60 chronically homeless disabled adults.

Sarah's Hope shelters

A comprehensive, 24-hour emergency shelter for homeless families located in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Front Door

A rapid re-housing and shelter diversion program that provides case management and short-term rental assistance.

Cottage Avenue Community

A comprehensive transitional housing program for 15 families designed to quickly transition families from emergency shelters to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

Parish Conferences

A network of 38 parish-based volunteer groups that provide eviction prevention and other financial assistance.

Meet Crystal

Crystal moved to Baltimore to flee from domestic abuse. She and her three children were homeless, even sleeping in their car at one point.

“I just needed to get on my feet. I knew that once I got in my own place I could save up and I could do what I needed to do as a parent and as a woman.” -Crystal