Thursday, January 31, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are confirm that a homeless person was found dead in Maryland City.
The body of an African American woman was found in the water in Maryland City. Lt. T.J. Smith, an Anne Arundel Count Police spokesman, said the body was found in a wooded area off Route 198 and Laurel Racetrack Road Thursday morning. Police received a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. for a body floating in the water. Fire officials were already on the scene, Smith reported, and found the woman dead from an apparent drowning. The body was found prior to officials releasing water from Patuxent River dams. Police believe the woman is homeless because she was found in a low-lying wooded area known as a "tent city" or where homeless people set up encampments for overnight stays, Smith added. A witness told police that they told the woman to leave the…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The charity aims to raise $30,000
A local charity will be throwing an inaugural ball to raise funds for the creation of a teen homeless shelter, according to The Gazette. “Honoring Our President Elect,” based in College Park, aims to raise $30,000 with a charity ball at the Howard Theatre at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, with tickets set at $100 per person. Proceeds go to Sasha Bruce Youthwork, an organization that hopes to expands the beds available to homeless teens. The ball will feature guests such as County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and Jermaine Crawford, who acted in The Wire.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Representatives from the school system will present its policies regarding homeless students this week.
Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires jurisdictions nationwide to count their homeless populations. Called the “point-in-time count,” this data is used to determine eligibility for funding. “At this point we have only rough data—we’re still in the process of compiling our data on the unsheltered count,” said Janice Brzezinski of Howard County’s Department of Citizen Services. “We do a sheltered count that is also still in process.” Brzezinski said the point-in-time numbers for the unsheltered homeless will be available in mid-March. The 2011 number in Howard County was 189. Maryland’s total was 10,148 for last year. In the last five years, Howard County's homeless student population has grown by 150 …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Members of the jury did not announce a decision after meeting for 18 hours Friday, reports the Howard County Times.
Jury members were scheduled to reconvene today after 18 hours of discussions on the trial of Richard Allen Rodola, who was charged in the killing of his girlfriend in October 2010, reports the Howard County Times Rodola admitted to covering Pamela Myers with gasoline in the North Laurel woods where the homeless couple lived but told jurors he only intended to scare her, not set her aflame. He testified that he was standing three feet away from Myers when he sparked a lighter and a flame traveled through gasoline vapors onto Myers, according to the Times.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Following the recent death of a man in an Alaska homeless shelter, the debate over “wet shelters” resurfaces from coast to coast.
Should alcohol be allowed to be consumed within Maryland's homeless shelters? That question is being debated in the wake of the death of a homeless man who died while allegedly intoxicated at a shelter in Alaska on New Year’s Day. According to an article in the Associated Press, it is believed that John Kort died in the Karluk Manor homeless shelter in Anchorage after passing out after he took a mixture of alcohol and pills. The news of Kort’s death has since sparked a nationwide conversation over the idea of “wet shelters,” or shelters like the Karluk Manor that don’t have a policy against drinking on premises. According to an article in the Atlantic, which includes opinions both for and against the idea of “wet shelters," Karluk is part …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Find an organization helping the less fortunate this holiday season.
Friday, March 25, 2011
In the span of days, more than 40 people have donated a total of more than $1,700 after seeing a blog post urging them to get involved with helping end homelessness in the area.
"More than a blogger." That's what Tom Coale wanted to be in 2011. Coale, a 29-year-old Ellicott City/Dorsey's Search resident who is a lawyer by day, has helmed the HoCo Rising blog for two years, commenting on and linking to news in Howard County and beyond, debating and discussing the issues he sees as important. The term "blogger" is still sometimes laden with stereotype and stigma, and often unfairly so, at that. Blogs have long since developed beyond the negative descriptors. They fill niches and serve communities – whether those communities are defined by boundary lines on maps or are extended via the truly worldwide nature of the World Wide Web. Bloggers need not just react with words. They can respond with actions. Coale wanted …