Get to know the artists who will be preseneting their work at our Client Art Show on Thursday, April 25.
In the spring, Youth REACH MD (Reach out, Engage, Assist, & Count to end Homelessness) conducted its second Youth Count at the sites of targeted programs, agencies and businesses all across the state known to serve young people experiencing homelessness, including Health Care for the Homeless. The purpose of the count, modeled after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Youth Count!, is to obtain accurate, detailed information about unaccompanied youth and young adults ages 18 to 25 who are without a permanent place to call home, and who are not under the care of a parent or guardian.
The report, released this month, identified more than 2,300 youth in Maryland as unaccompanied and experiencing homelessness. At Health Care for the Homeless, we know that this number does not accurately reflect the vast number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in Maryland, but we participate in this and other counts, to ensure that the report is inclusive, client-focused and to help better understand how we can address the problem.
The report found disproportionate representation of African-American and LGBTQ youth, a significant number of youth without high school diplomas and a substantial amount of youth who are parenting. Based on these findings and more, the report makes three policy recommendations that the committee believes will begin to effectively address youth homelessness in Maryland:
Click here for the full report.
Health Care for the Homeless is one driven and talented bunch of people. So it's no surprise that a number of our staff members have moved up or over to new roles since January. Same faces, new titles. And a chance to move our mission forward in a different capacity. Take a minute to read through who is going where, and why they're most excited about their new positions.
On Saturday, February 2, 800+ spectacularly dressed chocolate lovers filed into the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for the sweetest night of the year. By the end of the night, our incredible Health Care for the Homeless community raised enough money to give 1,000 of people the care they need to regain health, hope and opportunity.
Brandon Berryain doesn’t want his position on our Board of Directors to be a status symbol. For him, it’s an opportunity to ground the Board with his lived experience and encourage other clients to get involved. Brandon says, “As much as being a leader matters, it’s being an example that matters more.”