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Grants to Combat Homelessness Announced

More than $578,000 in Grants Go to 48 Local Shelters and Non-profits Across the State

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 21, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the award of more than $578,000 to 48 homelessness shelters across the state through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant program.

“In Maryland, we believe in the dignity of every individual and that there is no such thing as a spare American,” the governor said during a tour of the Light House Shelter in Annapolis, where he helped distribute Thanksgiving baskets to needy families. “And we believe that the work we do on behalf of our most vulnerable Marylanders is a core part of everything we do to move Maryland forward, to create jobs, and to expand opportunity to all of our people.”

Emergency Solutions Grants help local jurisdictions and nonprofit organizations such as Light House Shelter provide emergency and transitional housing services for homeless individuals and families in 21 Maryland jurisdictions. Last year, the agencies funded by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development helped 7,389 individuals. Shelters in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties are funded directly by HUD. In addition to emergency shelter, the grants help fund support services to help individuals and families find long-term affordable housing solutions – a key component of the governor’s plan to end homelessness by 2015.

"These grants support a broad range of housing and services - from street outreach and safe havens for those with serious health conditions and mental illness to transitional and permanent homes that families need to start rebuilding their lives," said DHCD Secretary Raymond A. Skinner. "These services are more important than ever as families struggle to remain afloat in this economic crisis."

A list of the grants is at the bottom of this release.

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Emergency Solutions Grant Awards
Fiscal Year 2012

Service Provider Applicant Amount
Light House Annapolis, City of $30,500
Family Crisis Resource Board of Allegany County Commissioners $9,020
Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc. Board of Allegany County Commissioners $30,030
Project ECHO Board of Calvert County Commissioners $15,250
Safe Harbor Shelter Board of Calvert County Commissioners $15,250
Saint Martin's House Board of Caroline County Commissioners $35,500
Human Services Program Board of Carroll County Commissioners $28,000
Cecil County Men's Shelter Board of Cecil County Commissioners $6,600
Cecil County DSS Board of Cecil County Commissioners $18,300
Meeting Ground, Inc. Board of Cecil County Commissioners $5,600
Robert Fuller Transitional House Board of Charles County Commissioners $11,200
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC- Angel's Watch Board of Charles County Commissioners $12,800
Delmarva Community Services, Inc. Board of Dorchester County Commissioners $36,000
Heartly House, Inc. Board of Frederick County Commissioners $15,250
Advocates for Homeless Board of Frederick County Commissioners $8,200
Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. Board of Garrett County Commissioners $23,000
Alliance, Inc. Board of Harford County Commissioners $990
Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United, Inc. Board of Harford County Commissioners $4,480
Sexual Assault/Spousal Abuse Resource Center Board of Harford County Commissioners $2,800
Harford County Dept. of Social Services Board of Harford County Commissioners $4,080
Associated Catholic Charities, Inc. / Anna's House Board of Harford County Commissioners $2,550
Harford Family House, Inc. Board of Harford County Commissioners $1,380
Homecoming Project, Inc. Board of Harford County Commissioners $5,060
Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. Board of Harford County Commissioners $4,140
Grassroots Board of Howard County Commissioners $5,400
Domestic Violence Center Board of Howard County Commissioners $3,600
CAC of Howard County Board of Howard County Commissioners $5,400
DSS Board of Kent County Commissioners $10,888
Samaritan Group Board of Kent County Commissioners $3,350
Queen Anne's County Christian Assistance Board of Queen Anne's County Commissioners $11,592
Department of Social Services Board of Somerset County Commissioners $13,400
Catholic Charities Seton Center Board of Somerset County Commissioners $20,100
Angel's Watch / Catholic Charities Board of St. Mary's County Commissioners $6,923
DSS Board of St. Mary's County Commissioners $3,050
Leah's House, Inc. Board of St. Mary's County Commissioners $5,600
Three Oaks Center Board of St. Mary's County Commissioners $12,878
Neighborhood Services Center, Inc. Board of Talbot County Commissioners $22,826
Washington County Community Action Council, Inc. Board of Washington County Commissioners $16,750
REACH, Inc. Board of Washington County Commissioners $4,858
CASA, Inc. Board of Washington County Commissioners $5,700
St. John's Shelter Board of Washington County Commissioners $4,418
Diakonia, Inc. Board of Worcester County Commissioners $24,600
Samaritan Ministries Board of Worcester County Commissioners $12,400
Frederick Community Action Agency Frederick, City of $11,500
The Religious Coalition Frederick, City of $9,000
Samaritan Ministries Salisbury, City of $10,250
Diakonia, Inc. Salisbury, City of $10,250
Village of Hope Salisbury, City of $10,250
Second Chance Help, Inc. Salisbury, City of $7,125

For more information:

Erlene Wilson
Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
410-514-7704
wilson@mdhousing.org

Rosa Cruz
Deputy Director, Office of Communications and Marketing
410-514-7712
cruz@mdhousing.org

Andy DeVilbiss
410-514-7710
devilbiss@mdhousing.org

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