Staff & Clients in the Community 

Atop the amazing work they do each day, our colleagues are in the community, providing a window into homelessness for the broader public.

NEW: Vaccinating An Often Overlooked Population

March 2021, WYPR connects with President and CEO Kevin Lindamood and Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader as they tour the site to discuss vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness. “Homelessness itself was already a public health emergency,” said Kevin Lindamood, president and CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless, which treats about 10,000 clients in a non-pandemic year. “The people that we were working with and are working with — disproportionately Black and brown — were already dying from hypertension and diabetes, already suffering high rates of mental health and addiction.”

In the news


Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 Vaccine Emerges as Preferred Shot for Homeless—April 2021, CHICAGO— Johnson & Johnson ’s Covid-19 vaccine has found a niche among organizations that work with the homeless, who say the one-dose shot is better-suited for a population that can be difficult to reach twice. 

Sojourner Place at Oliver — soon to be underway — aims to be a model for affordable housing—March 2021, Bizjournals, Kevin Lindamood, president and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless states, "There's always the challenge of creating the affordable housing to begin with, and then there's the challenge of financing the supportive services that are so necessary to end homelessness for those experiencing it. This project attempts to do both." 

Maryland working on expanding capacity to get more people vaccinated—March 2021, WBAL-TV, "If there are specific uses like this particular use here at Health Care for the Homeless, then we want to make sure that we're attentive to that," Maryland's acting health secretary, Dennis Schrader said.

Maryland Partners With Community Health Center To Vaccinate Baltimore Homeless Population—March 2021, MD Depth of Health, “Health Care for the Homeless works to ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to the same integrated, high-quality care that each of us deserves,” said Mr. Kevin Lindamood, MSW, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless.

Vaccinating Homeless Patients Against COVID-19: 'All Bets Are Off'—February 2021, NPR covers Health Care for the Homelesss first day of their vaccine clinic. In many places throughout the U.S., vaccines are in short supply. But some states, including Maryland, prioritized homeless populations because someone without adequate housing tends to have other conditions that make them especially vulnerable to disease.


Housing First and the Homelessness Crisis: What Went Wrong?—July 2020, Filter Mag connects with Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Lawanda Williams to discuss housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Maryland families fear ‘tsunami’ of evictions when courts reopen and federal aid dries up at the end of July—July 2020, The Baltimore Sun published Predsident and CEO Kevin Lindamood, "Homelessness is fatal for many reasons, and to think that we are poised to watch it increase so dramatically without taking available steps to prevent it is rather alarming.”

On The Front Lines: Give Them Shelter—June 2020, Baltimore Magazine features the people on the front lines of this deadly pandemic, including Health Care for the Homeless. 

Heroes of the Week—May 2020, The Baltimore Sun selected the nurses of Health Care for the Homeless as their “Heroes of the Week,” represented by provider Kristin McCurnin and Director of Nursing Catherine Fowler.

Homeless are especially vulnerable in pandemic—April 2020, WBAL-TV hosted President and CEO Kevin Lindamood to talk about the ongoing services and resources available at Health Care for the Homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus spreading in homeless shelters; many cases are asymptomatic—April 2020, The Baltimore Sun published CEO and President Kevin Lindamood and CMO Adrienne Trustman about the importance of using proactive measures to protect some of the most vulnerable people from COVID-19 after more than half the residents of a local shelter in Baltimore tested positive.

Public Health On Call: Homelessness and COVID-19—April 2020, President and CEO Kevin Lindamood joins Chief Medical Officer Adrienne Trustman and National Health Care for the Homeless Council Senior Director of Policy Barbara DiPietro to talk homelessness and COVID-19 with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.

Poverty Policy Podcast—April 2020, Director of Housing Services Lawanda Williams, LCSW-C and Carrie Craig, MSW, LCSW from Colorado Coalition for the Homeless discuss resiliency, positivity, self-care and the role of policy advocacy in the midst of the global pandemic.

Coronavirus spreads in Baltimore homeless shelters—April 2020, The Baltimore Sun covers a COVID-19 outbreak in one of the largest shelters. “Despite all of our efforts, we are at the stage where it is in the shelter system and it is spreading," Lindamood said. "In order to contain it, we need widespread testing.”

Nurses weigh their principles versus safety in virus fight—April 2020, The Durango Herald interviewed multiples nurses across the country, including our own nurse practitioner Katharine Billipp.

"Like A War" Protecting Baltimore Homeless During Pandemic—March 2020, WYPR connects with President and CEO Kevin Lindamood and others to discuss the heightened risks of coronavirus for people experiencing homelessness.

Baltimore to screen people staying in homeless shelters for coronavirus, give them space to isolate—March 2020, The Baltimore Sun announced the city’s Emergency Response Plan for People Experiencing Homelessness and community reaction to the plan, including ours.

On the Record Health Care for the Homeless CEO: 'Glaring Holes In Our Social Safety Nets'—March 2020, President and CEO Kevin Lindamood joined Tom Hall for WYPR’s On the Record to talk about the effects the global pandemic will have on people experiencing homelessness.

Baltimore homeless, clustered in large shelters or living in encampments, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus pandemic—March 2020, The Baltimore Sun published an article detailing the efforts from shelters, the government and Health Care for the Homeless to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus and the homeless: Why they're especially at risk, ways to stop a spread 'like wildfire' —March 2020, ABC News connects with Senior Director of Policy, Barbara DiPietro, to outline the additional risks people experiencing homelessness face during COVID-19.

Give people a place to use drugs safely—March 2020, The Baltimore Sun shared CEO and President Kevin Lindamood’s op-ed, advocating for overdose prevention sites and their role in lowering overdose deaths.  





In the community

Briauna Wills is the September 2019 winner of the Chick-fil-A Everyday Heroes award

September 2019—Community Health Worker Briauna Wills won the Every Heroes award on September 27. Every month one young adult is chosen for going above and beyond to make a change in their community. WMAR recognized Wills for her hard work at Health Care for the Homeless, creation of Young Queens in Training and as a mother. 

Chauna Brocht and Joseph Funn present at the national Respite Care Provider’s Network symposium

October 2018—Staff members Chauna Brocht, Ann Marler and Barbara DiPietro joined the national Respite Care Provider's symposium in Phoenix on October 2. Chauna and consumer advocate, Joseph Funn, co-hosted workshops on Consumer Engagement and Managing Cognitive Disorders. Joe says, "In speaking at the conference, I was able to move beyond telling my story of homelesssness and was able to contribute practical information." Chauna continues, "It was a great opportunity to share what Convalescent Care staff have learned about working with clients with Traumatic Brain Injury and other cognitive disorders with a national audience and also to learn from national respite care experts."

Tyler Gray to participate in National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) panel

October 2018—West Baltimore Medical Director Tyler Gray will join the NASTAD conference in Baltimore on October 10. As part of the panel, he aims to highlight how stigma surrounding drug use, homelessness and health systems inequality negatively impact the Hepatitis C epidemic.

The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce nominates Lilian Amaya as ‘Rising Star of the Year’

December 2017—Lead Community Health Worker Lilian Amaya was recently nominated by the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as the “Rising Star of the Year” for her work connecting families to care.  

Laura Garcia recognized by Johns Hopkins Alumni Association 

October 2017—Director of Adult Medicine Laura Garcia received an Outstanding Recent Graduate Award at the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and Alumni Council Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 6, 2017. The award honors alumni who have received their Hopkins degree in the last 10 years and demonstrated achievement or service in their professional or volunteer life.

Staff members trekked to D.C. for the 2017 National Conference 

June 2017—There was no shortage of fun and interesting things to do at this year's National Health Care for the Homeless conference. And our staff members were front and center throughout the whole thing! See who presented on what and what they had to say here

Our psychiatry team is SOAR-ing, too!

June 2017—Our psychiatry team has been a key partner in the SOAR program for years. Now they’re being recognized for it with the SOAR Values in Action Award! Director of Psychiatry Dr. Meredith Johnston and psychiatrists Dr. Helen Witte, Dr. Ryan Stagg and Dr. Sarah Gilman will be recognized for working with the SOAR team to ensure clients with severe behavioral health illnesses can get disability assistance. They were honored at the SOAR Symposium on June 27, 2017.

Malcolm Williams participates in Homeless Persons Representation Project panel

May 2017—Malcolm Williams joined local advocates and experts to examine the underlying forces of youth homelessness in a panel discussion, American Dreams Deferred: A Conversation about Youth Homelessness. Organized by Homeless Persons Representation Project, the panel discussion highlighted Dan-el Padilla Peralta and his new book, Undocumented - A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. 

Baltimore Magazine names Molly Greenberg one of city's top nurses 

April 2017—Molly Greenberg is one of the 50 nurses recognized in Baltimore Magazine’s 2017 round-up of the city's most outstanding nurses for her work in community/ambulatory care. See for yourself here.