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icon image of a houseBaltimore County sealSue Bull
Baltimore County Homeless Services Coordinator

We call them "the homeless." They are men, women, children and families who are experiencing homelessness and need some help finding a permanent, affordable place to live.

Whether living in shelter or on the streets, those experiencing homelessness are provided supportive services to help pave the way towards stable housing and self sufficiency. Through the County Continuum of Care, service providers collaborate to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness. Individuals and families are linked to employment, health care, life skills training and most importantly, housing. Each year, the County helps over 6,000 individuals.

On any given night, there are over 550 men, women and children in homeless shelters around the County. Twentyfive to 30 requests for shelter are received each day through the County Homeless Screening Unit. Over 200 people live on the streets, in encampments and other places not meant for human habitation.

All of these important services wouldn't be possible without the support of our community. Faith leaders, service providers, and people who have received services will gather April 15 for the tenth annual Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless Rally for the Homeless. Join the rally to show community support for housing programs, development of affordable housing, and supportive services across the county. Taking action can make the difference in many lives and make our community stronger. The Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless 10th Annual Rally for the Homeless is April 15, 5:00 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 120 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson.

photo of bicyclist in bike laneSheldon Epstein
Chairman, Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee

Now that spring has finally sprung, it's time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to enjoy the fresh air than to put on your walking shoes or dust off your bike and take a ride.

Baltimore County began the process of transforming itself into a more walkable and bike-friendly community by developing pedestrian and bicycle improvement plans. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), working with the County Department of Planning, recommended areas where sidewalks, bike lanes and other types of improvements could be made. The PBAC is composed of enthusiasts representing each council district, the county administration, and Bike Maryland, a local advocacy group.

So far, the County has received State funding through the Maryland Bikeways program to stripe bicycle lanes and install bike route signs in Catonsville, Arbutus/Halethorpe, and Towson. If more State funding becomes available this year, even more improvements can be made throughout the County.

Here’s where you can help. We are looking for projects that would be low cost, connect to major destinations, and have the support of the local community. The PBAC committee’s first public input meeting will be held April 16, 5:00 p.m., at the Jefferson Building, Room 104, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204. If you have a great idea but can't make the meeting, send in a written suggestion to the PBAC, c/o Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204, or email Kathy Schlabach at

Successes from Catonsville, Arbutus/Halethorpe, and Towson will help us become eligible for additional grant funds to develop plans in other parts of the County.

While you are dusting off that bicycle, keep in mind that Bike to Work Day will be coming up May 17. Details about the early morning rallies in Catonsville, Towson and White Marsh will be coming out soon.

But let us hear from you on April 16. Together we can make Baltimore County a better place to be outside, year-round. Now let’s get walking and biking for our enjoyment, health, and as a greener way to get places.


Revised April 6, 2016