As of January 2017, there were over four thousand homeless persons in the Baltimore City area – within the Washington/Baltimore metro area with the highest rate of homelessness in the nation.
It’s a stressful situation that can happen to almost anyone, for any number of reasons. Mental illness, abuse, drugs, poverty – everyone is struggling with their own issues, but it becomes that much harder to do so without access to even the most basic amenities.
The rotating housing and shelter programs in the city are currently under a lot of strain, trying to maximize the amount of assistance they can give with little to no budget. In many of these places, there is no access to shower facilities or laundering services, and persons spend the night then leave exactly as they came in.