Episcopal Housing Corporation partnered with St. Vincent de Paul and the City of Baltimore to renovate and expand the Sarah’s Hope emergency homeless shelter in 2013. EHC provided development consulting services to St. Vincent throughout the $8.5MM project.
Prior to the renovation, the accommodations at Sarah’s Hope were limited to barrack style housing in former classrooms on the first floor of the decommissioned public school, allowing for a maximum of 70 women and children in the shared sleeping quarters. The renovation divided large classrooms on the upper floors into smaller private quarters, allowing families to remain intact, and increased the overall capacity to 130 individuals. The residence floors have dayrooms and laundry facilities, while the first floor now features administrative areas, a commercial kitchen with a cafeteria, and areas to conduct on-site services such as case management, health screenings, public school enrollment, daycare services, and life-skills training.