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Housing First

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A new pilot program uses Medicaid funds to afford housing for the homeless. In Baltimore, 155 formerly homeless people are now living in apartments and rowhouses.

Lawanda Williams, of Health Care for the Homeless, tells about building lasting relationships with clients. And Christopher Thomaskutty, of Mercy Health Systems, describes the potential of this approach to reduce emergency room costs.

Then Jennifer Randolph, who was homeless for two years and suffered a stroke, now lives in a one-bedroom apartment. She details how support is tailored to her needs.

Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.
Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.