Many of our clients are one paycheck away from losing their home, car, their footing. Though fully employed, often with more than one job, they cannot afford the basic cost of living in Howard County. By donating to Bridges, you will provide an opportunity for stability to a family like Mark’s.
“For someone with nothing, someone who is not able to get on their feet, sometimes all you need to get out of that hole is opportunity.” – Mark, Bridges Alliance tenant
According to United Way of Central Maryland, over 23,600 local households earn more than the federal poverty level but less than the basic cost of living in Howard County. This means having no savings for emergencies that arise. These households easily become rent burdened, paying more than 30% of their income for housing, and their income is too high to qualify for public housing assistance.
These working families have recurring difficulties affording necessities such as food, medical care, transportation, clothing, and are at risk for eviction. Families with children may struggle more as they also have the added expense of childcare, which costs roughly $12,000 a year for a young child.
Whether resolving or preventing homelessness, Bridges’ work has gone beyond crisis intervention for 29 years. We work shoulder to shoulder to focus on long-term housing stability for our clients. We believe that everyone deserves a home as well as an environment of safety and security for their loved ones. We are honored to provide this support to our hard-working households on their journey to self-sufficiency.
“With Bridges help, I was able to get into that apartment apprenticeship and as a result I will be able to provide a stable and nice life for myself, my family and others.” - Anthony
The cost of living in Howard County is 46% higher than the national average. Please help us to maintain those in our care while we continue to help more working individuals and families in Howard County!
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Join us as we continue to promote stability in the lives of our hard-working neighbors to overcome the stress of living paycheck to paycheck and achieve true stability and self-sufficiency.
“Without a home to call my own, I wouldn’t have been reunited with my daughter after drug treatment. It was heartbreaking to leave after visiting her at a relative’s place. I can’t thank Bridges enough for helping me find a stable home to begin fully rebuilding our bond.”—Terri, Housing Connections client
By donating to Bridges, you will have a part in moving families like Terri’s from uncertainty to stability. Thank you.