In 2013 EHC partnered with St. Vincent de Paul and Baltimore City to renovate and expand the Sarah’s Hope emergency homeless shelter at 1114 Mount Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. EHC provided development consulting services to St. Vincent through the completion of the $8.5 million project.
Sarah’s Hope is a vitally important resource for families experiencing a housing crisis. Prior to the renovation available accommodations were barrack style in former classrooms on the 1st floor of the decommissioned public school. This arrangement limited services to approximately 70 women and young children because of the shared sleeping quarters. The renovation subdivided the 2nd and 3rd floor classrooms into smaller private quarters allowing families with fathers and older teenaged boys to remain intact and increased the overall capacity to 130 individuals. The quarters are arranged in suites of two or three units with at least one shared bath per suite. Additionally, each of the residential floors provide dayrooms and laundry facilities.
The 1st floor was renovated into staff office and administrative areas, program areas, and a commercial kitchen with attached cafeteria. Sarah’s Hope provides much more than temporary housing. On-site services include intensive case management, life skills training, employment readiness classes, parenting classes, health screenings, public school enrollment, daycare services and other child and youth activities. This combination of services provides immediate stabilization with a goal of helping families regain permanent affordable housing and long-term self-sufficiency.