Legal Aid awarded more than $500,000 to help the homeless

Baltimore City’s Homeless Services and the United Way of Central Maryland announced yesterday that $8,709,604 from the federal government’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program has been awarded to local organizations–including$529,593 to Maryland Legal Aid to provide legal services to prevent homelessness to low-income tenants not otherwise served facing eviction in rent court.

“In this economic environment, all resources that we have to end homelessness are greatly needed,” said Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon. “I would like to again thank our congressional delegation for their efforts to provide this valuable resource to Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents.”

The funds being distributed to 13 organizations will be used to help advance the goals of “The Journey Home,” Baltimore’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.  The remaining funds will be used for evaluation and administrative costs associated with the program that may potentially fund additional projects. United Way of Central Maryland is acting as the fiscal agent of the plan and of the federal stimulus funds.

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2 responses to “Legal Aid awarded more than $500,000 to help the homeless

  1. Congratulations! It’s always nice to hear that MDLAB has received more money to fund work that it wants to do but doesn’t always have the resources for.

    I’d encourage you to look at the Nonpayment Answer web site – http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/int_nonpayment.shtml – set up by the New York City Housing Courts to help tenants who must represent themselves fill out legal forms. Granted, as the project coordinator for the national project, I am a little biased in suggesting this approach; however, court staff and litigants have been very happy with the new resource. – K

  2. Congratulations. Always pleased to hear that more funding is available to legal aid programs.

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