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King Of Howard Street Highlights Affordable Housing Crisis In Baltimore 

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“The King of Howard Street tells the real-life story of Anthony Williams, an amazingly resilient and talented individual who lived in abandoned buildings up and down Howard Street for over 20 years. Several years ago, Williams – who is recently no longer homeless and currently a housing rights advocate – began to chronicle his life story and the stories of the friends and family around him. A year ago, the Artistic Director of Annex Theatre, Evan Moritz, was approached outside of Annex Theater by Anthony and given three spiral-bound notebooks full of Anthony’s fascinating real life story. Inspired by Anthony’s story, Moritz commissioned playwright Ren Pepitone and director Roz Cauthen to bring this story to a wider audience.” -Baltimore Annex Theater

Read more here.

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WHC To Participate In The Shine Program

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We are very happy to be working with the Center For Mindful Awareness to bring The SHINE Program to the Women’s Housing Coalition! SHINE (Support Honor Inspire Nurture Evolve) is a carefully structured nine week series of workshops, firmly anchored in current cognitive neuroscience. Participants of the program meet for weekly sessions: meditation, learning and practicing informal mindful awareness skills, conversation and reflection. Read more here.

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What A New Home Means For a WHC Resident

 

 

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As you read this right now, take a moment to look at the space around you: are you sitting in a comfy chair? Do you have the TV turned on to your favorite show? Can you smell dinner cooking in the background? Chances are, you are reading this at home, in a space where you feel safe and comfortable. Read more here.

 

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Opening The Doors To Change: The Women's Housing Coalition

 

 

by: Beth Benner

 

The following is the speech that was given by Beth Benner at the Women’s Housing Coalition’s 2017 The View From My Room Annual event:

 

Imagine you were sleeping outside tonight.

Imagine you have nowhere to sleep and no one to call.

Imagine you have no car to sleep in.

Imagine your kids are with you.

Imagine you must throw away any food you did manage to obtain before you could enter a shelter to sleep.

Imagine it was raining and you were trying to stay dry.

There were 140 human beings last year that the Women’s Housing Coalition assisted in getting off the streets, in staying off the streets and given a home. Read more here.

 

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Inside the House

5 Ways To Fundraise For Your Favorite Cause

 

 

There are so many different ways you can give back to your favorite cause (and we hope that the Women’s Housing Coalition is on that list!) Putting together your own fundraiser is one of the many ways to garner community support and awareness for a cause. Here are 5 ways you can take fundraising into your own hands. Read more here.

 

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Minimum Wage Increase: What Effect Would It Have?

 

 

For years now the minimum wage debate has been ongoing throughout the country, with some states making headway while other states are still stuck at an extremely low rate.

In Maryland, a person would need to make $26.53/hour to adequately afford a two-bedroom with average rent. Obviously, this is much higher than the current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour.  Read here.

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Inside the House

The View From My Room 3rd Annual Event

 

 

We are so excited to announce our third annual The View From My Room event will take place this April 27th at the Cylburn Arboretum from 6-8:30 PM. This event is in support of our mission to help women and their children achieve lifelong housing stability. Read more here.

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The Future Of HUD

 

The future of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been unclear for the past few months as the new government was getting budgets and plans together, but we recently got a clearer idea of what the future holds for this department. President Trump recently released his ‘America First’ budget blueprint, which included  severely reduced spending in HUD, while drastically increasing the defense budget. Read more here.

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Pending Healthcare Changes: What Does It Mean?

 

 

 

 

Housing and healthcare are essential, basic tenets to living a successful life. Without access to affordable health care, many American citizens would be unable to take care of themselves and their chance at a successful life would therefore suffer. Read more here.

 

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The Women's Housing Coalition Is Growing

 

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The Women’s Housing Coalition is expanding our staffing and volunteering base in 2017. Due to the rising need of assistance for the chronically homeless women in Baltimore, we are adding additional team members in response. Read more here.

Baltimore's Rate Of Homelessness Continues To Increase

 

 


The Mayor’s Office Of Human Services in Baltimore gathers data from various sources to estimate the extent of homelessness in the city. Once a year, a PIT (Point-In-Time) survey is conducted. This one day effort attempts to create a “snapshot in time” of the homelessness in cities. Read more here.

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Thank You To Our 2016 Corporate Sponsors!

 

 

Another year has passed, and we are looking forward to the year ahead in furthering our mission with awesome programs and events! In 2016, we served 107 women and 44 children and opened two gym spaces to better support our women in achieving their healthy living goals. Of the women we housed for at least 6 months, 95% met two or more of their Individual Service Plan goals. We could not have accomplished what we did in 2016 without the help of some amazing corporate sponsors. Read more here.

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Navigating A Cabinet Member Change: Affordable Housing

 

With 2017 comes a year of big changes when it comes to government officials. Ben Carson will now be leading the Department Of Housing And Urban Development (HUD) under the Trump administration. With any cabinet change, there is always uncertainty and fear for the future because we don’t yet know what changes the appointee will make to the current laws and regulations. Read more here.


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Women’s Housing Coalition: Our Story

 

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Photo courtesy of Marika Floyd

Our story begins in 1979 with a group of women who wanted to reduce the distressing number of homeless women in Baltimore. Flash forward just one year later and that same group of women began finding buildings where these homeless women could go and begin to live again. Read more here.

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The Road To Independence: WHC Services

 

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Photo courtesy of Jason Putsche Professional Photographs

 

At the Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC), our number one goal is independence. Although giving our residents a safe, clean place to live is part of that process, it is just one piece to the puzzle. We believe that a combination of housing and programs is what sets these women and their families on the path to independence. Read more here.

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How To Support WHC This #GivingTuesday

 

 

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Women’s Housing Coalition is once again taking a part in the global movement that is #GivingTuesday on November 29th, 2016. Giving Tuesday is a day of giving back that takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On this day, nonprofits across the globe ask supporters to come together to support their cause and give back, whether that be with their voice, their time or with a donation. On November 29th, join us in the movement by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to explain how you’re contributing on that day. Read more here.

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Baltimore Water Bill Increases Affects WHC

 

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Recently, the City Of Baltimore announced that a new three-year plan was being considered that would raise water bills by about 33%. In addition to this spike in water bills, two new fees would be introduced, an account management fee and a infrastructure fee. The account management fee would be a set amount while the infrastructure fee would depend on the amount of usage per meter. Read more here.


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What do you expect during the holidays?

 

 

 

 

It’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ again, the holiday season! Everyone is a little nicer to one another, family comes to visit and there’s just a feeling of love and happiness in the air. At least, for most people. Read more here.

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Why You Should Give This #GivingTuesday

 

 

 

 

The holidays are officially here, and as stores are gearing up to promote their Black Friday sales and families are organizing their Thanksgiving dinner meals, our minds are on the Tuesday after these two days, #GivingTuesday.

 

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide day of giving back, powered by social media and community collaboration. This day also is the official ‘kick off’ of the holiday season, the time in which nonprofits will receive the majority of their donations for the year. Read more here.


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WHC Residents Visit National Museum of African American History

 

 

 

Recently, our ladies were able to enjoy a special day, making a trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The opening of the 19th Smithsonian museum marks an important time in American history and it’s significance in our country and culture should not go overlooked. The museum holds almost 37,000 objects and explores everything from the Civil War, slavery, politics and religion. This outing gave the residents a sense of hope, added self esteem and value as well as being a wonderful day away from the hard work of their lives. Read more here.

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Restoring A Sense Of Dignity In Our Residents

 

 

 

For many of our residents, inconsistent living conditions and poor life situations are just a part of their everyday life.  We probably don’t realize how much of an impact our homes have on how we live our lives, but they influence us much more than you may think. Have you ever thought about why, when your home is a mess, you feel anxiety? This is the same thought process, multiplied by 100 for many of our residents. Read more here.

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