City, Baltimore hospitals partner on plan to house, care for 200 people

From: Baltimore Sun

The city of Baltimore and 10 local hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center, are partnering to provide housing and services for 200 people and families, a program they hope will be a model for ending homelessness.

The aim of the two-year pilot effort is to show that its “wraparound” treatment keeps people healthy, productive and in permanent homes. Leaders also hope to show the program is sustainable because they believe it will reduce health care spending over time.

“Baltimore is committed to ending homelessness and not just managing it,” Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said in announcing the program Tuesday at City Hall. “And the best way to end homelessness is through access to affordable housing. As our administration identifies more housing opportunities for our most vulnerable individuals and families, we are thankful to our hospital partners for investing in the essential services necessary to truly end homelessness.”

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