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Nearly 19% of Marylanders live in poverty. As do 25% of residents and 33% of children in Baltimore City.
In each of the last three years, we have cared for 24% more clients and logged 14% more client visits.
Until homelessness ceases to exist, we will be right here, fighting daily to make sure all of our neighbors get the health care, housing, jobs and dignity they deserve.
Homelessness as we know it today is the upshot of public policy decisions that took root in the 1970s and have been perpetuated since. Local and federal governments maintain more affordable housing is essential to ending homelessness. Yet in 2012 in the United States, there were 10.3 million renters (approx. 1 in 4) with extremely low incomes and just 5.8 million affordable rental units.
Those forced to sleep on the streets remain a stark and daily reminder of these flawed public policies:
One night, a woman who was 8 ½ months pregnant and had been turned away from a shelter slept on the front porch of the downtown Health Care for the Homeless clinic.
Health Care for the Homeless works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement.
We are committed to being good and mindful members of our larger Baltimore and Maryland communities. One important way we have done that is by building a green building designed for environmental sustainability to house our headquarters clinic in Baltimore City.