United Way

After Pugh lays out plan, Baltimore event highlights complexity of homeless problem

After Pugh lays out plan, Baltimore event highlights complexity of homeless problem

A day after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh laid out a plan to raise $350 million to fight homelessness, an event at the Convention Center revealed the fearsome complexity the job involves.

Officials, charity workers, medics and some 2,000 volunteer guides thronged a hall Thursday at the Convention Center for the United Way’s annual Project Homeless Connect event, which seeks to link homeless people with more than 150 forms of help.

Pugh’s plan calls for reducing the homeless population by spending millions to increase the amount of affordable housing, a dimension of the problem she said hasn’t received enough attention.

Franklyn Baker, the president of United Way of...

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