Kittleman, housing officials to attend meeting on planned Jessup homeless center

Howard officials are set to discuss a homeless center planned for Jessup with community members Tuesday night

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, officials from the Howard County Housing Authority and advocates for the homeless will meet with community members Tuesday to discuss a planned day resource center and efficiency apartments in Jessup intended to house the county's homeless citizens. 

The meeting, hosted by the Savage Community Association, will be held at Carroll Baldwin Hall, located at 9035 Baltimore St. in Savage, and will start at 7 p.m. 

The county has been trying to build new amenities for its homeless population for several years, and acquired the Jessup site, which is located behind a Salvation Army thrift store on Guilford Road near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 32, in May 2013. The county's crisis intervention center, Grassroots, would be in charge of the day resource center, and Volunteers of America Chesapeake, a faith-based nonprofit that provides health and human services to those in need in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area, would manage the housing complex. 

An earlier plan to locate a resource center and apartments on the site of the Beechcrest Mobile Home Park in North Laurel was dropped after nearby residents raised fears that the center would bring increased drug use and crime to their community. 

According to an email chain of Savage residents and other community members, some neighbors of the Jessup site share the same concerns and intend to raise them at the meeting Tuesday night, which will also include representatives from Grassroots and Volunteers of America Chesapeake. 

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