L-R: Bob Embry, Abell Foundation; John Schiavone, SVDP Baltimore; Kelly Brown and her 4-year-old son; Mayor Catherine Pugh; Amy Kleine, The Weinberg Foundation; Carol Payne, HUD; Johnnie Johnson

March 20, 2018 - Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh joined other local leaders to celebrate a $1 million grant to fund the expansion of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Front Door Rapid Re-Housing Program for Baltimore’s homeless families.

With the expansion, we can increase the number of families we serve annually from 65 families to 110 families. In addition, through a partnership with House of Ruth Maryland, a portion of those families will include people fleeing intimate partner violence. 

Rapid re-housing reduces the amount of time people are homeless, and is a proven, best practice strategy for helping individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing.

Rapid-rehousing has real success stories

At the launch we also highlighted the integration of the new Navigator Model in our Career Connections program.  Two Front Door clients – Kelly Brown and Johnnie Johnson -- attended the event as shining examples of clients who have obtained housing through Front Door’s rapid re-housing.  Both actively utilize the employment Navigator program under SVDP guidance to advance long term career direction. 

The Front Door expansion is funded by 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.

At the launch, Mayor Pugh noted:

We must step up to the plate. It is about the individual, and the problems that they may be facing - whether it is unemployment, or health care issues, or mental health issues, or drug abuse issues. They deserve the same kind of attention that every single individual in this community deserves. It is said, when you lift the least you lift all of us. That’s what these efforts are about. If our city is to move forward, it must  move forward with all of the individuals in our city.

We launched the Front Door Rapid Re-Housing Program in 2014, and over three years, 97 percent of the families served have successfully retained permanent housing.  We are grateful to the funding partners —  The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Abell Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and the City of Baltimore — who made this success possible.

Amy Kleine, the Program Director for Housing & Community Services for The Weinberg Foundation, called out Front Door’s success:

Because St. Vincent de Paul could demonstrate its ability to scale up rapid re-housing, it was awarded this $1 Million grant [from HUD] in partnership with the House of Ruth. This accomplishment is significant!

 Learn more about our Front Door Rapid Re-Housing program and its successful results.