The Journey Home is Baltimore’s plan to make homelessness rare and brief. The plan brings together the public and private sectors, not-for-profits, faith-based organizations, and concerned citizens to work on solutions for preventing and ending homelessness.
In January 2014, the Journey Home Board adopted the Journey Home Strategic Priorities. The purpose of these priorities is to create a strategic framework for continued commitment and collective action as we move to the next phase of Plan implementation. The Journey Home Strategic Priorities and the Journey Home Plan are complementary documents that contribute to the vision that homelessness in Baltimore will be rare and brief.
The Journey Home plan has four primary objectives:
It is estimated that there are about two poor renters for every affordable housing unit in Baltimore City, and more than 16,000 households are on the waiting list for assisted housing.1
Solution: Baltimore will create and maintain a supply of housing sufficient to rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.
According to Health Care for the Homeless (2011), 75% of their clients served in Baltimore in 2009 were uninsured. Only 19% received Medicaid and only 6% received Medicare.
Solution: Baltimoreans will have access to comprehensive and affordable health care including mental health services and addiction treatment by 2018.
Baltimore City has a large proportion of citizens at the lower end of the wage scale. About 1/3 of Baltimoreans earn less than enough income than what would be needed to support themselves, and about half earn less than enough income than what would be needed to support themselves and one child.2
Solution: Baltimore workers will earn a wage sufficient to afford housing; sufficient funding for public benefits will prevent the homelessness of recipients.
Comprehensive Preventive and Emergency Services
It is difficult for those in need to access shelter and services in Baltimore City, largely due to insufficient funding.
Solution: By 2018, Baltimore City will have sufficient capacity to identify and respond to individuals and families at risk of homelessness, to provide immediate emergency shelter and to transition from emergency shelter into permanent housing with appropriate supportive services within 30 days.
1 Newman, S.J. (2005). "Low-End Rental Housing; The Forgotten Story in Baltimore's Housing Boom." Urban Institute.
2 Derived from ACS 2005-2009 Household Income Estimates and Glasmeier, A.K. (2011) Living Wage Calculator. Pennsylvania State University
LEADERSHIP AND PARTNERS
The Journey Home Board works closely with the Executive Director of the Journey Home to encourage broad community involvement, raise private funds, and set the strategic direction for the implementation of the Journey Home Plan.