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Preventing and Ending Homelessness

The Baltimore County Master Plan 2020 advocates for strengthening and sustaining vibrant communities. An important component of a vibrant community is one with a housing stock that is safe and secure for all citizens. Providing housing to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless is achieved through efforts that track, prevent and end homelessness.

Baltimore County HOME-American Rescue Plan

Please join Baltimore County Department of Housing and Community Development for a public input session on the planned use for $7.4 million in new HOME-ARP funds. This funding will be directed to assist individuals or households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability. Registration is required to attend. 

Register for the public input session.

Eligible Activities

HOME-ARP funds must be used to primarily benefit the qualifying populations through the four eligible activities:

  1. Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
  2. Production or Preservation of Affordable Rental Housing
  3. Provision of Supportive Services
  4. Acquisition and Development of Non-Congregate Shelter Units

Learn more about the HUD's ARP

During the meeting we will review the allowable uses for the HOME-ARP funding and collect input and feedback that will inform our County administrative plan to be submitted to HUD for approval. A computer with working audio is required to join.

Baltimore County Emergency Housing Voucher  Program

The American Rescue Plan Act was passed by Congress, appropriating approximately 70,000 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs), totaling $5 billion nationally.  Of this total award, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated 62 EHVs to the Baltimore County Department of Housing and Community Development. As of January 2022 all vouchers have been filled.

A waitlist has been started and to be placed on the waitlist you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently Homeless or Chronically Homeless as defined by HUD
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

No exceptions will be made to the above criteria. If you meet the criteria above and would like to be placed on the EHV waitlist, please work with your current homeless service provider to be added to the waitlist.

If you have questions about the program, please email

Shelters and Housing Facilities

The County offers a range of shelter and housing programs to persons in Baltimore County who are homeless. These include emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, cold and freezing weather shelters, transitional shelters, rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing.

People seeking access to these services must be referred through the County’s coordinated entry system. Those seeking services for themselves or working to aid others in accessing services should call 410-887-8463.

Preventing Homelessness

Two Baltimore County agencies, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Department of Social Services (DSS), have the primary responsibility for providing services to the homeless, or those who are at risk of becoming homeless. DHCD employs a Homeless Services Administrator, a Homeless Shelter Coordinator, as well as a manager of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

DHCD also employs a team of grants administrators who, among other duties, oversee significant annual grant funding that goes to various organizations that provide services to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness. A majority of the funding for these programs is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Plan to End Homelessness

The 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. Learn more about the executive summary, "A Home For All."

Tracking Homelessness

The Department gathers data from various sources to estimate the extent of homelessness in the County. The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a Congressional mandate for all jurisdictions that receive federal funding for homeless and homeless prevention services. The Baltimore County HMIS is a cooperative community case management tool that allows governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to better serve their homeless clientele.

Federal, state and local government, as well as non-government grantors, use HMIS data to analyze program performance, which will then help determine funding opportunities. More than 30 Baltimore County non-profit organizations and more than 80 Baltimore County homeless or homeless prevention programs utilize HMIS. The County uses Bowman System's ServicePoint software to deliver our HMIS services.

Contact Us

Department of Housing and Community Development

105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 201
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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