A Message from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
On any given night in Baltimore, nearly 3,000 people experience homelessness, many of whom are families with children. Homelessness is a complex issue that involves more than a lack of housing. It also leaves families and individuals without basic needs such as food, health care, and safety. Without a safe home, children and youth cannot enjoy good health, complete their education, or even feel secure.
Homelessness is not permanent. It is a problem we can solve. To help people who are experiencing homelessness, there must be systemic change and true advocacy – both of which are strong components of The Journey Home, Baltimore’s Plan to make homelessness rare and brief. The Plan is organized into four broad goals that collectively will make homelessness rare and brief: affordable housing, comprehensive health care, incomes and employment, and emergency and preventive services. These goals provide a useful and relevant framework for approaching our work.
The key to seeing the Plan through is broad community involvement from all community stakeholders, including our state and federal partners, and mobilizing our resources toward ending homelessness instead of managing it. This work takes continued commitment, collective responsibility, and strategic focus as we approach the next phase of Plan implementation.
Ending homelessness in Baltimore is ambitious but achievable. It takes all of us working together with a sense of urgency to get the job done.