Baltimore project provides housing, education for young homeless people

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Baltimore inner harborAt a time when many adults are being forced out of their homes because they can't make their mortgage payments, there is some good news coming out of Baltimore for some young people.

Construction is under way there on something called Restoration Gardens. The aim: To provide housing for homeless people between 18 and 24.

And, what makes this potentially that much more special is, besides housing for these young folks down on their luck, the $6 million dollar, 43-unit project will also serve as a base from which they can continue their education or train for new jobs.

Nancy Strohminger, from the nonprofit that is building the units, tells the Baltimore Sun newspaper, "There is a very large percentage of young people in Baltimore who have been in the shadows for years...unable to get support to break the cycle of poverty. ..Our goal is to make them healthy and have better prospects for an economically sufficient life."

The whole concept, the first of its kind in Baltimore, was the idea of a coalition of nonprofits and foundations with about half the funding coming from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development ... and some $700 thousand in federal stimulus money, according to the newspaper.

At a time when housing is one of the more gloomy subjects for many parts of the nation this holiday season, this is one story that can and should bring a little bit of cheer!

Charles Feldman is a journalist, media consultant and co-author of the book, " No Time To Think -- The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-hour News Cycle."

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