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Homelessness and Housing Support

Several programs exist to address the needs of Maryland’s homeless population and those in danger of becoming homeless. However, DHR does not provide direct services to individuals seeking shelter. The following services are administered by DHR through our local departments of social services. To access any of the following programs or services, please contact your local department of social services.

Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
HPP provides non-monetary assistance to households with a pending eviction, and in some jurisdictions, support counselors who work with tenants and landlords to prevent evictions. By providing short-term mediation or linkage to resources, the program helps families and individuals who are at risk for eviction to stay in their rental homes.

Housing Counselor Program (HCP)
HCP operates in five jurisdictions and assists low income families who are homeless, or in imminent danger of becoming homeless to locate, secure, and maintain permanent housing. Counselors help these families establish adequate credit references and to apply for subsidized housing. The counselors also help access local public and private resources for the first and last month’s rent, security deposits, utility payments, or donations of furniture.

The five jurisdictions served are: Baltimore County, Harford County, Montgomery County, Washington County, and Baltimore City.

Service-Linked Housing Program (SLH)
SLH provides funds in thirteen jurisdictions to link low-income residents to community services. SLH stabilizes households that are in precarious situations, thereby avoiding episodes of homelessness. Advocates help link residents to health services, education, job training, employment, addiction treatment, and other counseling.

The jurisdictions served are: Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Allegany County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Washington County, and Baltimore City.

Emergency and Transitional Housing and Services Program (ETHS)
ETHS provides state funding for emergency and transitional shelters for people who are homeless. ETHS funds shelter beds and support services such as limited rent assistance, food, transportation, and case management. ETHS is administered locally with significant involvement of local homelessness agencies in each jurisdiction.

The Directory of Maryland Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs can be used to contact ETHS funded and other shelter programs around the State. The directory also includes summaries of each jurisdiction’s Freezing and Inclement Weather Plans. The most up-to-date Directory is available by going to: http://www.dhr.state.md.us/transit/pdf/homelist.pdf.

Homeless Women – Crisis Shelter Home Program (HW-CS)
HW-CS HW-CS Home Program provides shelter, room and board, counseling, and referral services to homeless women and children. The shelters offer a 24-hour crisis hotline in addition to safe accommodations and meals. Other services include direct resource referral for housing, physical and mental health care, education, training, employment services, and case management.

This program is located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Garrett Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Wicomico and Worcester Counties


For additional information about these programs, email Shirlene Carr at shirlene.carr@maryland.gov.