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by Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

It’s Economic Development Week in Maryland. This column could be about economic policy, taxes and budgets. But it’s not. This is about what I believe makes a place, and its economy, thrive.     

A place to live and a place to work.

A place where education is the most important commodity.

A place that respects every resident and welcomes newcomers and visitors.

A place that listens to business needs and neighborhood needs.

A place that is affordable and growing.

A place where entrepreneurs find kindred spirits.

A place where artists and scientists are valued.

A place that treasures green spaces and waterways.

A place where heroes volunteer and corporations give back.

A place that is easy to call home.

More than 830,000 people and 21,000 businesses call Baltimore County home. That’s my definition of prosperity.


One-Day Event is Sunday, November 5

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, Baltimore County residents may bring household hazardous waste (HHW) items to a one-day collection event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Western Acceptance Facility, located at 3310 Transway Road in Halethorpe. The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management in cooperation with the Police and Fire departments.

Baltimore County residents may bring household chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, swimming pool chemicals, cooking oil, rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers and thermostats, and fluorescent light bulbs. No trash or electronics will be accepted at this event.


$26 Million Facility Includes Expanded Homeless and Transitional Shelters, Community Health Services 

Dozens of homeless advocates and health service providers cheered this morning as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz led a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the grand opening of the County’s new and improved Eastern Family Resource Center (EFRC).

“I believe that the true measure of a government is how we treat the downtrodden - those who are most vulnerable,” Kamenetz said. “We consider it a vital responsibility to provide a social safety net for people who need it, and that is why my administration invests about $40 million each year in our social safety net, including building two modern full-service homeless shelters.”

“This new facility will help countless people in eastern Baltimore County, whether they are homeless or need low-cost health and dental services for their family,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.

Expanded Shelter Operations

The new $26 million, 80,000 square-foot, three-floor facility is located on the campus of Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center and replaces an outdated facility. The former EFRC housed a shelter for women and families, as well as an array of programs operated through the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services.

The new EFRC replaces and expands the previous shelter for women and families that served 250 people, and offers three shelter operations, including an enhanced shelter for women and families, serving up to 250 people; a transitional shelter program for women and families, with a capacity of up to 38 people; and a new shelter for men, with a capacity of up to 50 people. The expanded center supports the County’s 10 Year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness. The shelters are operated and staffed by Community Assistance Network in partnership with Baltimore County.

The new shelter space in the EFRC was designed specifically to meet the needs of those who will be served in the shelters, including child care and child development space, as an outdoor play area and space for workshops and educational activities. The shelter will also allow for enhanced program collaboration with the addition of flexible office space for partnering agencies.

Healthy Partnerships

The County is funding $16 million of the cost of the new facility, with Medstar Health providing $5 million in support, along with $5 million from the State of Maryland. The architect is Chris Parts of Hord-Coplan-Macht and the building contractor is CAM Construction.

Baltimore County and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center negotiated a land swap whereby the land housing the previous Eastern Family Resource Center is incorporated into the hospital campus and MedStar gave the County the 3.9-acre parcel of property for the new center.

Expanded Health Services

The new building allows the Department of Health to meet the growing needs of the community in a space that is thoughtfully designed for enhanced program collaboration. The building houses multiple Health Department functions, including Family Planning, Dental Services, the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program, Immunizations, Substance Abuse Treatment, a Sexually Transmitted Infections clinic, and the Infants and Toddlers Program. 

The new facility also allows the County to expand health services to people who are homeless through its partnership with Health Care for the Homeless. The expanded space allows them to increase the capacity and scope of services to homeless people in Baltimore County, including expanded primary care, behavioral health and supportive services.

Westside Men’s Shelter Opened in July of 2015

In July of 2015, the County Executive Kamenetz also opened a new 54-bed, $3.4 million shelter homeless shelter for men that incorporates functional amenities to better help residents receive the services they need and work toward independent living. The facility is also operated and staffed by Community As


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017