Program Name: HOPE Homesharing
Award Amount: $396,050
Partner(s): AIRS, Weinberg Housing and Resource Center/Catholic Charities, Family & Children’s Services of Maryland, GRACE, Point Source Youth, Inc., Find Your Lens, and Youth Empowered Society (YES)
Project Description: HOPE Homesharing is an expansion of a pilot project launched last year designed to combat the challenges faced by the homeless youth of Baltimore City. The original pilot provided short-term temporary shelter through host homes with the intention that youth would participate in Rapid Rehousing through YES. Since the launch of the program in November 2017, St. Ambrose has conducted six host home trainings for 27 attendees. Currently, the organizations has five host homes with eight youth participating in the program. Case Managers have identified a critical need to transition their young clients more quickly into more independent, stable housing arrangements. St. Ambrose has already transitioned two youth to permanent housing and have funding to place four more through MD Department of Housing and Community Development.
St. Ambrose will provide permanent, group rental opportunities for 10 – 12 homeless youth with full wrap around services coordinated through their HOPE Homesharing program. The expansion will continue the collaborative referral system already in place with YES and add other agencies. A new partner, Family and Children Services of Maryland, will provide individual counseling, family, kin, and external support strengthening case management.