Homeless Services

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Are you experiencing homelessness? Call Harford Community Action Agency at (443) 456-3629. 
Walk-in screenings are available: 
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Harford Community Action Agency
1321-B Woodbridge Station Way
Edgewood, MD 21040

After hours call the United Way at 2-1-1. Harford Community Action Agency is the designated agency providing programs and services to address the needs of low-income individuals, families and communities in Harford County, MD. The agency provides emergency financial assistance to help stabilize low-income individuals and families in crisis and programs that help them become more economically self-sufficient. Current programs include Maryland Energy Assistance Program, Harford County Fuel Fund, Homeless Prevention, Homeless Services, Community Food Pantry, Food Bank, Financial Services Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and GED Plus.

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 Programs Program Description
Outreach & Resources Households seeking assistance, have access to a variety of resources in the community. For further assistance with other resources not listed, call the United Way 2-1-1 Helpline.
Street Card The 2018 Harford County Street Card with resources for health, mental health, transportation, shelters & housing assistance, food & emergency assistance, education & employment information, and more.
Report Homeless Activity or Encampment Please use this form to report homeless activity or encampments. Outreach services will attempt to make contact with the individual(s) experiencing homelessness.
Domestic Violence Resources Explore the resources available for individuals experiencing domestic violence.
Resources for Veterans Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, press 1 
Confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255
Explore resources available for veterans. Click here for Harford County's Commission on Veteran's Affairs.
seholds seeking assistance, have access to a variety of resources in the community.  For further assistance with other resources not listed here, call the United Way 2-1-1 Helpline.
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Alphabet Soup: A comprehensive list of acronyms and definitions for those working in homelessness and housing stability.
 Service Summary of Service
Housing Stability
The Housing Stability Collaborative is made up of interested individuals, human service agencies, and organizations that provide services to the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness. 
Point-in-Time Count The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a required annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally by the Housing Stability Collaborative.
System Performance Measures Measuring system performance allows the CoC to gauge progress toward preventing and ending homelessness locally, statewide and nationally and ensures a common understanding of system intent and goals.
Standards of Care Manual
(Section 2.0)

These standards of care serve as a tool for service providers to use in their own strategic planning, fulfills federal requirements, and ensures persons experiencing homelessness receive equitable and consistent services.
Coordinated Entry & Assessment
(Section 3.0)
In accordance with 24 CFR 578.7, mandating the establishment and operation of a centralized or coordinated assessment, outlined procedures guide the operation of the Coordinated Access/Entry and Assessment system.
MD Interagency Council of Homelessness The Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) was established in 2014 to examine statewide initiatives and recommend policy solutions to end homelessness in Maryland.​
Annual Housing Assessment Report Annual snapshot of the state of homelessness in Harford County: 2016 - 2018
Freezing Weather Plan Details for those experiencing homelessness during cold weather. Call 2-1-1 for more information.
General Information & Resources for Providers A PDF list of resources and tools for service providers working with those in crisis.
Continuum of Care Board The CoC Board establishes protocol for delivery of services and works closely with agencies that receive CoC funding to help fulfill our mission.
Continuum of Care Guide for Permanent Housing This guide serve as a tool for service providers who receive funding for CoC Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-housing Projects.
Workgroups These sub-committees are designed to address gaps in service and help the CoC to meet the system goals set by the CoC Board.
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The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a web-based tracking system that allows COC’s to measure the effectiveness of the homeless crisis system. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated that all recipients of HUD homeless and prevention related funding to participate in Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).

Web Based Tracking System

 Tracking Link
Guide & Data Quality Plan HMIS Policy & Procedures Manual
End User Forms HMIS End User Forms
Workflow Tools HMIS Workflow Tools
Data Standards HMIS Data Standards
Appendices HMIS Appendices 
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Homelessness Solutions Program (State)

Through the Homelessness Solutions Program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provides federal and state funding to the local Continuums of Care (CoCs). This includes funds previously managed through the Emergency Solutions Grant; Rental Allowance Program; Emergency and Transitional Housing and Services; Homeless Women's Crisis Shelter Homes; Service-Linked Housing; and the Housing Navigator and Aftercare Program.

Continuum of Care Program (Federal)

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.