Spring Campaign for Affordable Housing

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Your Support Makes A Big Difference

Every day, our program staff work with people like June, who, when she arrived at Bridges, was in desperate need of safe housing for herself and her two children. In 2020, June transitioned to life as a single mother, and although she held a good job, she was not prepared for the sticker shock of apartment rents. As June said to her case manager:It felt impossible because everything was so expensive.With enough money saved for a security deposit, June obtained an Alliance apartment in 2021 and settled in with her children. Even with a plan to move out of the apartment in 2024, June knows she can turn to Bridges for support when times are difficult.

Like 70% of Bridges clients, June is a female head of household with young children. She qualifies for Bridges Alliance program because she earns between 30% and 60% of the area median income for Howard County. This means as a household of three, June must earn between $32,713 and $65,427 to qualify for an Alliance home. The Alliance homes, which now include 55 scattered-site rental units provide an essential lifeline to working people living in Howard County.

June is not alone in her struggle to find affordable housing. There is an estimated shortage of 7,500+ affordable homes for low-income households in Howard County. This stark gap in housing availability is why Bridges’ work to end homelessness through affordable housing is so critically important. It can make or break a person’s life.