The City of Baltimore generated a count of 4,094 homeless individuals on January 25, 2011. I was one of the volunteers who did the night time homeless count. Though it was a novel experience for me to see Baltimore in the nightfall, it is despairing to learn that homeless population inflated from 2,681 in 2005 to 4,094 in 2011. As indicated in the City report, the homeless progression rate is from 13.9% in 2007 to 19.7% in 2011. Lets first articulate the plans and actions of the city to eradicate homelessness in Baltimore.
The Journey Home is a 10 year sterling plan of Baltimore to end homelessness in the city by 2018. Affordable housing, Comprehensive health care, Sufficient incomes and Comprehensive preventive and emergency services are the objectives of the Journey Home plan. But what is the actual and current day situation for the homeless people? Insufficient emergency shelter, shortage of federal budget for affordable housing and scarcity of affordable housing. Is there a true solution for homelessness? How far is the implication of Public-private partnerships with the city? Who is really going to team up with the city to make the plan work? If homelessness becomes thin on the ground by 2018, it will be a real victory to the city.