Help End Homelessness Howard County-Background
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Help End Homelessness Howard County began with a group of members of Kittamaqundi Community Church  hearing the call to do even more than the church was already doing to respond to homeless people in our community. We created an independent 501(c)(3) corporation, inviting local individuals, businesses, organizations, and faith communities to join with us. 

Target population

The homeless population is diverse, with a range of needs. We are specifically seeking to help people in need of stable housing who have nowhere to go following transitional housing or who find themselves in an equivalent situation.

Responses

The county will be building around 35 small efficiency units to house single individuals. In addition, at least four sober houses have been established here.

Bridges Alliance, a project of Bridges to Housing Stability, has plans to provide approximately 40 permanent workforce housing units by 2020.

While all of these will be elements in our local solution to homelessness, we saw a need to provide permanent housing for people who still could not afford a place to live.

Plan

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Help End Homelessness Howard County will purchase local residential properties. The residents will pay rent based solely on their income, as distinct from rent being based on market forces or the cost of ownership.

We will work with a variety of community agencies and organizations to provide assistance to the residents, offering personal support where appropriate and desired.

We will take advantage of the Housing First model, attacking homelessness by providing permanent housing (that is, the residents hold a lease or deed). A variety of data sources show that this model provides the most successful base from which individuals act to address their other needs. Howard County’s Plan to End Homelessness is based on this approach.

We will coordinate with other agencies and organizations within the framework of the Howard County Coordinated System for Homeless Services. 

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