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Ending Homelessness

We heartily thank everyone who participated in the charrette planning process held in late October 2010 to support the development of draft recommendations for the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Baltimore County. We believe the process was truly inspiring and productive, and we look forward to continuing the effort. The recommendations from the charrette were the launching point for the planning, design and completion of the County’s plan, which will be released in the fall of 2013.

The Plan

Baltimore County envisions a comprehensive housing crisis response system through which homelessness can be prevented and, when this is impossible, episodes of homelessness can be quickly ended. The 10 Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in Baltimore County is designed to identify and align the future homeless support system to meet the distinct needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The plan sets forth a broad range of coordinated strategies that address multiple issues across the continuum of homelessness. It sets out a framework that will prevent and end homelessness – not just manage it.

The plan integrates and enhances existing community planning efforts and priorities. It will continue to evolve over time as a living document that will guide community efforts to respond to emerging issues related to homelessness in Baltimore County.

Guiding Principles

1. We will end homelessness in Baltimore County. We are committed to ending homelessness for all in Baltimore County. We seek to take on the challenge outlined in Opening Doors, the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and seek to end family homelessness in 10 years, chronic homelessness in five years and veteran homelessness in five years; and create a path to end all homelessness in our community.

2. We are committed to the Housing First approach. We believe all persons need and deserve safe, affordable housing. People experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk of homelessness should have accessible, affordable housing, and the supportive services necessary to maintain that housing. People experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk of homelessness should receive coordinated services from various agencies to help them secure and maintain housing, meet their individual and family needs, and maximize their independence and integration within the community.

3. We will foster and encourage innovation. We will embrace new and creative approaches to end the cycle of homelessness, drawing from best practices around the country and our own experiences. 

4. We will come together as a community to implement the plan. The plan will prosper due to the commitment of dedicated Baltimore County community members. To be successful, the plan requires the commitment of County officials, service providers, faith and business leaders, consumers and community members. The plan is a community effort and we will only reach its common goal through joint partnerships and collaboration.

5. We will be responsive to our community. The plan will be modified over time to meet the changing needs of the community and the needs of the populations served.

6. We will use data and outcomes to drive our decisions and implementation. Strategic approaches to address homelessness will be driven by current data and will include measurable outcomes to track our progress.

7. We will create bench marks. We will create and measure benchmarks for implementation of the plan.

8.  We will update our progress annually. During the planning process, we will publish updates of the plan annually.

Seven Key Strategies

1. Reconfigure the crisis response system

2. Targeted prevention assistance

3. Rapid re-housing

4. Accessing mainstream and community resources

5. Permanent supportive housing

6. Improved data and outcome measures

7. Resource Allocation

Staff Contact

Sue Bull
Homeless Services Coordinator
sbull@baltimorecountymd.gov
410-887-2886

Revised August 16, 2013

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