Summer Highs and Lows

On June 21st, the summer solstice, our Coalition to End Homelessness held a housing celebration to highlight all clients that have been housed and exited homelessness during the past year. This year our event included a celebration of the case managers who work alongside our clients in the system. Bridges and our partners in the Howard County Coordinated Entry System have housed 119 households in the past 12 months. A phenomenal achievement that has contributed to the decrease of households experiencing homelessness within our community.

Three-Month Checkup for Family Home Start

There is much to celebrate this month. We had a successful Beans & Bags for Bridges event on May 5th. We are so thankful for all the support of our sponsors, Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and donors who made it such a great day despite the rain. Another celebration for us is how far our new program, Family Home Start, has come three months after it launched in February.

Playing the Homelessness Blame Game

This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson. Their ruling won’t be released for some time, but homeless advocates throughout the country are worried because the case will determine if cities can fine or incarcerate people for being homeless and sleeping outside, even if a shelter bed or other housing is not available.

Doing More in ’24

We are so grateful for the generous support we received for our year-end campaign. Thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions help us continue our current housing programs and give us the capacity to expand our services in 2024. … Read More

Housing is in the Spotlight

Howard County housing has been in the spotlight this past month. On Oct. 11, the County Council approved an amended “HoCo by Design,” our county’s general plan. The plan’s growth policies include additional affordable housing (both rental and for-sale), detached … Read More

A Heartening Look Back Over the Year

As a child and young adult, I created scrapbooks to faithfully document significant moments. At the end of each year, I’d look back through the book and remember all the highlights. In a similar way, Bridges’ annual report allows us to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. So I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read our most recent annual report (fiscal year 2023).

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