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Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition To End Homelessness (CoC)

The Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness (“Homeless Coalition”), is the County’s Homeless Continuum of Care Planning Group.  The Homeless Coalition consists of over 50 County and City of Annapolis agencies, concerned citizens, nonprofit homeless service providers, private nonprofit organizations serving special needs clientele, as well as others with interests and roles in ending homelessness in the County.  The Homeless Coalition is a collaborative and well-coordinated community based planning and advocacy organization that seeks to ensure the needs of persons who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness within the County are being met.
The Homeless Coalition meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 2666 Riva Road, 2nd Floor (ACDS Board Room) Annapolis, MD at 9:30 AM.  To receive up-to-date information from the AACO and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness, sign up for the e-mail list now.
Questions about Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition To End Homelessness can be directed to:
Beth Brush - ACDS
(410) 222-7600 ext. 151
Elizabeth Kinney, Chair
Executive Director of The Light House
Kathryn Philliben, Co-Chair
Executive Director of Sarah's House
View Past Meeting Minutes

October 2013

July 2013

June 2013

2013 Continuum of Care (CoC) Application

The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homeless.”  The Continuum of Care 2013 Competition will provide funds to nonprofits and local government agencies to provide permanent supportive housing and transitional housing to residents of Anne Arundel County.

2013 Project Ranking List – lists projects serving the homeless applying for CoC 2013 competitive funds.  Projects were ranked by the Ranking and Review committee of the Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness.  Please contact Beth Brush at 410-222-7600 ext. 151 if you have any questions.

Homeless In Anne Arundel County

Point In Time (PIT) Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. 
Each year Anne Arundel County partners with County and City of Annapolis Police, non-profits, faith based organizations, and community volunteers to survey the homeless on the street.
If you want to learn how you can participate in the Point In Time Count for 2015 please contact Justin Bieler at or (410) 269-4749
The Annual Homeless Assessment Report 
(AHAR) is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in the United States. It provides counts of the homeless population and describes their demographic characteristics and service use patterns. The AHAR is based on local data from Point-in-Time counts, Housing Inventory Counts, and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).  Anne Arundel County’s report is based on the Federal Fiscal Year (October – September)
Homelessness in Anne Arundel County
National 100K Homes Program
The Anne Arundel County and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness has taken on the National 100K Homes Program. This hugely successful national model moves the chronically homeless and most vulnerable people in our midst into housing. National statistics prove the efficacy of this Housing First approach: mental health stabilizes, substance abuse decreases and because there is hope, belonging and ownership of a lease, 90% of the people housed have stayed in housing for more than two years. It has also been proven to be most cost effective way to care for those highest users of all the systems, with structure and targeted case management that makes referrals and appointments that eliminate emergency services.
We have decided to begin an immediate pilot program that will assess how many people are actually living on the streets in Anne Arundel County and the city of Annapolis. As you might imagine, this is a difficult task that involves coordination between service providers, the police and people among us who choose to help the homeless. The first step in the 100K Homes program is an assessment plan called the Registry Week. It is a coordinated effort to interview the people who are homeless, assess who is most vulnerable and enter them into a database from which providers will take the first on the list and move them into housing as it becomes available. We will actually be making those that by any measure are always last, first. 
For more information contact: Elizabeth Kinney at


Reports not available at this time.Each year Anne Arundel County summarizes the amount of people that are served by homeless providers across the county.  This report not only outlines how many people entered the shelter system, but also documents those that came in looking for services but were diverted from the shelter system.  This report is based on the county fiscal year (July – June).
Questions about Homelessness in Anne Arundel County reports can be directed to:
Justin Bieler
Homeless Coordinator
(410) 269-4749
Shelters/Get Help
Anne Arundel County has four shelters for homeless families and adults
Sarah’s House / Catholic Charities
2015 20th Street
Fort Meade, MD 20755
General Information: 410-551-7722
*All referrals to Sarah’s House are required to be screened at Anne Arundel County DSS Emergency Services in Glen Burnie or Annapolis Maryland.  This is a walk-in service M-F 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM.
The Light House Inc
10 Hudson Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Shelter Hotline: 443-569-4221
General Information: 410-263-1835
Arundel House Of Hope / Winter Relief / Day and Resource Center
(Winter Relief is open October – April)
Day and Resource Center is open Monday – Saturday.  Call for times
514 N. Crain Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
General Information: 410-863-4888
YWCA /  Arden House, Domestic Violence Shelter
Domestic Violence hotline: 410-222-6800
General Information: 410-626-7800
Homeless Data System
In compliance with HUD mandate, Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness developed a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  Many agencies in Anne Arundel County which offer housing and services to people who are homeless participate in this data system.  It helps homeless agencies collaborate , coordinate care, and manage services.   The value of this data system is to produce an unduplicated count of homeless persons, understand patterns of service use, and measure the effectiveness of homeless programs in Anne Arundel County.
Questions about HMIS can be directed to:
Justin Bieler - HMIS Administrator
(410) 269-4749
Homeless Resource Day Information
"A “one-day, one stop” opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to access benefits, medical care, substance abuse resources and mental health counseling as well as a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to housing and self-sufficiency." View Homeless Resource Day information >



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