Description of Homeless Services Offered and Where:
Several programs exist to address the needs of Maryland’s homeless populationand those in danger of becoming homeless. The following servces are administered by DHR through our local departments of social services. To access any of the following programs or services, you must first visit your nearest DSS office.
Emergency and Transitional Housing – ETHS provides funding for emergency and transitional shelters for people who are homeless, this could include a shelter bed for tonight (if available), limited rental assistance, food, transportation or case management. If there are no vacant shelter beds and you have nowhere to go and it is very cold, the local DSS office may be able to offer a temporary motel stay if funds are available and until you can be accepted to shelter.
Crisis Shelter for Women Fleeing Domestic Violence – This program provides temporary shelter, counseling and referral services to homeless women and their children. The shelters offer a 24-hour crisis hotline in addition to safe accommodations and meals. Once in shelter you will work with a case manager towards housing and health needs, education, training and employment services.
Community Service Referrals – Staff provide non-monetary assistance and support counseling to tenants and landlords to prevent evictions. In addition staff will link you with health services, education, job training, employment, addiction treatment and counseling services to help you maintain your current housing.
Housing Counselors – Housing Counselors assist households who are homeless, or in imminent danger of becoming homeless to locate, secure, and maintain permanent housing. Counselors help families establish adequate credit references and to apply for subsidized housing. The counselors also help identify available resources to cover back rent, security deposit, utility payments, or donations of furniture.
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If you need housing or support services in your area, please contact your local Department of Social Services office or you can refer to the Maryland Community Services Locator to search for services, transitional housing, and emergency food assistance options within your area by zip code.