Episcopal Housing partnered with United Ministries and Baltimore County to renovate the former Nehemiah House emergency homeless shelter into 12 efficiency apartments for homeless men.
In partnership with United Ministries and Baltimore County and with generous support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Abell Foundation and the France-Merrick Foundation, Episcopal Housing Corporation undertook the purchase and renovation of the former Nehemiah House emergency homeless shelter. The property, located in eastern Baltimore County, is comprised of two buildings. One of the buildings was formerly a single-family dwelling being used as office space. It has been renovated to include not only the administrative office but a conference room and kitchen on the ground floor and two studio apartments on the second floor. The other, much larger building has been reconfigured from its previous dormitory style housing into 10 studio apartments, a lobby, a commercial kitchen, and a laundry facility. The $2.2M project was completed in September 2015 and will henceforth be known as Prospect Place.
Prospect Place will provide permanent supportive housing for 12 formerly chronically homeless men with low and very low incomes. United Ministries will operate the facility and provide supportive services. United Ministries is uniquely qualified for the task having successfully operated a similar facility, Earl’s Place, in Baltimore City for the past 18 years. Supportive services will be flexible and individualized providing support with voluntary on-site case management to increase the residents’ self-determination and independence. For many of these men it has been years since they have had a key of their own and access to a safe, orderly, clean place to call home. Having such a place increases one’s sense of identity, power, and self-esteem. Furthermore, having a permanent address where one can safely store one’s belongings, shower, receive mail and phone calls will help reintegrate these men into the greater society.
Prospect Place is geographically well-suited to achieve its mission of transitioning its clients to self-sufficiency with the ultimate goal of obtaining independent permanent housing. Located in the Rosedale area, Prospect Place is near many opportunities for education and employment growth. Several major bus lines have stops a short walk from the property and I-695 is close by. The Community College of Baltimore County, Essex is a short bus ride away as are the employment centers of Franklin Square Hospital and White Marsh. Additionally, Healthcare for the Homeless and the myriad resources they offer is located on the Franklin Square Hospital campus.
On its opening date in 2015, Prospect Place was the only facility providing permanent supportive housing for men in Baltimore County.