MISSION

To provide a path to self-sufficiency to prevent and end homelessness through affordable housing solutions and advocacy in Howard County, Maryland.

VISION

To champion the eradication of homelessness in Howard County, Maryland.

Bridges to Housing Stability is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, serving Howard County, MD. Bridges believes that housing is the key to a household’s stability. Whether resolving the issue of homelessness or preventing a household from becoming homeless, our goal goes beyond crisis intervention – our approach and mission focuses on long term housing stability for our target populations.

VALUES

We welcome clients, tenants, staff and volunteers from all cultures and backgrounds regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. Together we model our values in support of our mission and vision. We believe in:

    • Treating all people with respect
    • Providing opportunities for everyone to live in a home
    • Delivering excellent service and advocacy to empower clients
    • Recognizing the strengths and uniqueness of each individual and family when providing services
    • Working collaboratively with partners
    • Exhibiting professionalism, innovation, accountability, transparency, and a dedication to quality in all that we do.

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT

Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report


 


PROGRAM AREAS

HOUSING STABILITY PROGRAM

The Housing Stability Program seeks permanent affordable housing for Howard County residents who are homeless or facing imminent eviction and are referred to Bridges through the Howard County Coordinated Entry System.  The program:

    • Assists with finding permanent housing and provides case management for those facing eviction who have lived in Howard County in the last six months and are referred to Bridges through the Coordinated Entry System.
    • Provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families.
    • The goal of the Housing Stability Program is to provide affordable housing solutions that is the foundation for family stability.
    • The program is primarily funded by Howard County Department of Community Resources & Services with additional funding from the United Way of Central Maryland.

BRIDGES ALLIANCE

Bridges Alliance provides affordable rental homes to individuals and families working in Howard County and making 30-60% of the County’s median area income. Tenants pay below-market, affordable rents. The program also provides a Circle of Support to help tenants build financial capacity and social connections. Limited housing case-management is provided as needed.


HOUSING CONNECTIONS  

Housing Connections solicits private landlords to provide affordable housing to individuals and families experiencing housing barriers and provides case-management to the households to ensure housing stability.

    • The program provides affordable housing by connecting private landlords with clients who are overcoming financial and other barriers.
    • The goal of Housing Connections is to promote fair housing practices and provide affordable housing and supportive services to keep households stable throughout their lease term.

Bridges programs are made possible by Federal and County grants, corporate and individual donations, and private foundation grants.

In addition to providing programs to provide permanent affordable housing, Bridges advocates for affordable housing for low-income households and the elimination of homelessness in all communities.