The Booth House Shelter is a 24-hour emergency and transitional housing facility in Baltimore City for women, men, and families with children. Consisting of a 57-bed, emergency (30-90 days) shelter and a 19-bed transitional housing unit (6 months-1 year), the facility provides a safe, comfortable environment for those working to rebuild their lives.
After meeting immediate housing needs, full-time case managers facilitate a self-assessment for each client to identify recurring obstacles and establish short- and long-term goals toward permanent stability. Case managers work in conjunction with outside sources to assist residents with finding and obtaining permanent housing, medical assistance, employment and other tools necessary to become self-sufficient.
Booth House’s ongoing partnerships with state and local human service agencies enable residents to receive onsite evaluations, referrals, and/or treatment support for mental health and substance abuse. Each resident meets with a case manager at least once a week in an effort to obtain permanent housing and to follow up on educational, employment, or other concerns. Residents participate in workshops that include budget management, job placement, crisis intervention, family relationships, parenting and other life skills, and alcohol and drug prevention.
Children at Booth House also are supported by an education liaison and activities coordinator, who serve as advocates and are available to help students with their educational and recreational activities. Structured activities enable children to learn positive behavior in dealing with conflict resolution, anger issues, and cooperative play. Computers also are available as resources in assisting students with completion of homework assignments.
There are three floors of housing, with five individual bathrooms on each floor. Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths are provided to each new resident, along with bedding and toiletries. A ramp and elevator ensure access for persons with disabilities.
The facility has a full kitchen and walk-in refrigerator with onsite cooks. In addition to providing three meals a day for residents, hot meals are prepared for other programs of The Salvation Army of Central Maryland throughout the year.
Who is eligible?
Women, men, and families with children
How long can people stay?
- Emergency Shelter: 30–90 days
- Transitional Shelter: 6 months–1 year
- Three meals a day
- Safe Environment
- Children’s programming
- Emotional support
- Intensive case management and referrals:
- Housing assistance
- Mental health assistance
- Physical health assessments
- GED and continuing education
- Job training and placement
- Parenting and life skills classes
- Legal services