Shaping the Future of Housing in Howard County

The Housing Opportunities Task Force is working to identify Howard County’s housing affordability issues and make recommendations to address them. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of housing in Howard! The task force asks that you participate … Read More

Posted in Newsletter, September 2020 | Leave a comment

Operating Support Received During the Pandemic

This summer, Bridges was awarded critical COVID-19 operating relief funding. This funding, in addition to the client assistance relief funding we’ve received since COVID-19 began, allows Bridges to continue to serve the most vulnerable in our community during these unprecedented … Read More

Posted in Newsletter, September 2020 | Leave a comment

Celebrating Anniversaries in New Ways

I don’t consider myself a very creative person, but for the past six months, I have had to exercise my creative muscle professionally and personally almost daily. That’s one small benefit of the pandemic: it is forcing many of us … Read More

Posted in Newsletter, September 2020 | Leave a comment

Meet Russ Snyder

Meet Russ Snyder, one of Bridges’ truly selfless and amazing volunteers. Russ has generously donated his time, energy, and solid judgment to effectively advocate for affordable housing in Howard County as a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. For Russ, making a difference in his community is more than just volunteering, it is a calling … Read More

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Making an Impact through Collective Action

Even in the best of times, moving forward is often difficult for many of Bridges’ clients. Facing the challenges of low wages, scarce affordable housing, housing discrimination, and many other barriers are formidable. No one can surmount all of these obstacles alone. I’m not just talking about our clients, though. Everyone … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment

Perseverance during the Pandemic

All of us have been impacted by COVID-19. But many low- to moderate-income households face particularly extreme hardships as they struggle to make ends meet. Many clients tell us that food insecurity is their most pressing challenge. Bridges’ program staff continues to keep a laser focus on providing information about community resources (food banks and pop-up pantries, ethnic food warehouses, etc.) as … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment

A Life-Changing Opportunity at Bridges Awaits!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organized Volunteer Coordinator with strong communication skills to help create a robust volunteer program. Bridges is partnering with Volunteer Maryland and AmeriCorps to fill this exciting 11-month, full-time position. The goal is to … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment

Bridges Acknowledges Continued Funding Sources

As we embark on a new fiscal year, we would like to thank the Howard County Department of Housing & Community Development, Howard County Department of Community Resources, United Way of Central Maryland, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and Community Foundation … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment

Critical Support Provided During the Pandemic

The pandemic has affected at least one-quarter of Bridges’ current clients through layoffs, cuts in job hours, or inability to work due to an absence of childcare. In addition to the generous individuals who gave to our COVID-19 Community Appeal, grantors and organizations have provided crucial COVID-19 relief to … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment

Reflecting on Historical Discrimination and Inequity in Housing

Recent events have highlighted racist practices within the criminal justice system that need to change. Housing discrimination for people of color has also been a reality for hundreds of years. Laws have often been on the wrong side, offering little to no … Read More

Posted in July 2020, Newsletter | Leave a comment