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Housing Homeless Veterans During The Pandemic

A tattered cardboard sign reads, "Homeless veteren. Will work. Please help. God bless." Credit: an0nym0usmuse
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In January 2020, the point-in-time count by the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that more than 37,000 veterans were experiencing homelessness in America. Credit: an0nym0n0us/Flickr Creative Commons

The pandemic made outreach to homeless veterans difficult--but that didn’t stop advocates in Baltimore.

We speak with Mary Slicher, who directs Project PLASE, a shelter with paths to permanent housing, and Kim Callari of Baltimore Station, a residential substance-abuse treatment program for veterans.

Then US Air Force veteran Helen Daniel talks about helping families access resources. And US Army veteran James Hardy tells of growing from a participant to an outreach worker for Baltimore Station

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising 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.