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State opens human services hotline, accepts donations for Baltimore neighborhoods

State opens human services hotline, accepts donations for Baltimore neighborhoods
Victor Huntley-el helps clean up debris from a CVS pharmacy in Baltimore that was set on fire during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

The state's Department of Human Resources set up a hotline for people in Baltimore needing help with food, emergency assistance or concerns for children or the elderly.

The hotline is 1-888-756-7836 and will be staffed by state human resources and Baltimore social services officials at a round-the-clock command center.

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The command center offers help with: Emergency assistance for rent and utilities, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, child support enforcement and support for foreign refugees.

The state Department of Human Resources also has partnered with the United Way to help people in Baltimore neighborhoods affected by the recent violent protests in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, who was injured in police custody. Donations can be made at uwcm.org/MDUnites or by texting "MDUnites" to 71777.

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