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Howard County releases five year plan to end homelessness

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Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 18:21:39-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County has released a five year plan to end homelessness as part of the report "The Path Home".

The plan outlines a five year strategic plan to ensure that homelessness in Howard County is rare, brief and nonrecurring.

According to officials, the Path Home "builds upon the county’s 2010 plan focusing on strategies to assist those who are chronically homeless and situationally homeless in Howard County. Goals outlined in the updated plan were informed by a three-month assessment conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)."

According to the assessment, county resources currently accommodate approximately 33 percent of eligible homeless residents.

“The Path Home demonstrates our commitment to be a housing first community focused on rapidly rehousing individuals and families, and providing ongoing support to help them maintain their housing,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “As a county, we will work together with government, business, faith, and nonprofit communities to ensure that all residents have access to the resources they need for the best quality of life.”

Through the plan, the county will implement a set of strategic goals that would align resources and services within the response system.