HELP GEDCO’S CLIENTS AVOID HOMELESSNESS!
According to the Housing Inventory Count Report’s Baltimore 2017 “Homeless Point-in-Time Count,” it was estimated that 2,669 people were estimated to be homeless in Baltimore City on January 22, 2017. This alarmingly high number is extremely concerning, especially given Baltimore’s propensity towards very harsh, cold winters.
Many of the individuals that encounter homelessness in Baltimore are working full-time, supporting families, and simply struggling to make ends meet. GEDCO’s CARES program provides an eviction prevention component that assists individuals who are working and/or receive another source of income yet need a little bit of help to cover the gap to ensure that their rent is paid in full. Due to CARES, “Darrell,” a single father of four children was able to provide a safe home and food for his family:
While away at school, Darrell’s mother who was the children’s primary caregiver, had a stroke. Darrell returned to Baltimore to find a place for his family to live. Through his stay at a shelter, Darrell received assistance in securing an apartment. Furthermore, he procured a job and moved in to the apartment. However, Darrell had to pay some old, outstanding bills and was short on his rent payment. Facing eviction, he turned to CARES, where volunteers were able to secure funding to get his monthly rent paid in full.
GEDCO needs YOUR help to reach our $50,000 goal and ensure that 250 individuals and their respective families avoid eviction and homelessness like Darrel did! We currently receive many more requests for eviction prevention funds than our resources allow (approximately five per day)! The average award is $200 and truly goes a long way in the push back against poverty!