If magic, music and mirth are the three things you need to start the New Year off right, then dozens of friends and supporters of Main Street Housing are set for a terrific 2018! Our tremendous thanks go to everyone who came out on January 11th in honor of our 15 years of quality affordable housing development at the second annual Resolution is Latin for Loosen Up! benefit event at the White Oak Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys.
Main Street Housing’s goal of achieving 100 Tenant Slots was long in the making, and that we would happen to cross this milestone right around the 15th anniversary of purchasing our first affordable housing property was cause for an even bigger and better celebration.
MSH Board of Directors President, Elijah A. Cheek and MSH Executive Director, Ken Wireman, welcomed everyone to the celebration and shared their own reflections on the organization’s journey.
Honored guest Dr. Barbara Bazron, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health, shared her congratulations with warm words about Main Street’s lasting impact on the lives of consumers and the critical role of safe and stable housing to recovery from behavioral health disorders. The Behavioral Health Administration has been a primary funder and instrumental to MSH’s success since our inception.
Deputy Assistant Secretary John P. Brennan, Jr. of the Maryland Department of Disabilities graciously presented a special Governor’s Citation commemorating our landmark accomplishment and personally commended Main Street Housing for creating quality, affordable housing that truly offers people living with psychiatric disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in communities across Maryland.
Throughout the evening, a smorgasbord of items tempted even the most resolute attendees into trying something new. Boordy Vineyards poured samples of their most popular blends, the hors d'oeuvres were hot and hearty, and the dessert table was heaped with tempting treats and scrumptious sweets from Scotty Cakes (Baltimore), Fractured Prune Doughnuts (Parkville) and Great Harvest Bread Company (Columbia).
Attendees’ ears were delighted by jazz pianist Gene Okonski of Ellicott City and a piece for piccolo by UM School of Social Work student intern Casey Saylor. Baltimore-based magician L.G. Gerace, Most Marvelous and The Juggling Kat, Kathryn Carr, amazed and astounded with the tricks of their trades, while guests played Minute-to-Win-It party games. (Stacking five apples is harder than you think!)
Thanks to the generous donations of local artists, restaurants, theaters, museums, gyms, health professionals and businesses, the Silent Auction tables offered something for every type of New Year’s goal. All funds generated from the event are used to support Main Street Housing’s mission to develop and manage quality, affordable and independent housing for individuals and families living with psychiatric disabilities. We are deeply grateful to our sponsors, whose support made this event possible.
Many Thanks to Our Donors!
MSH Creates 5 New Tenant Opportunities in City of Frederick
Lay out the welcome mat! Main Street Housing (MSH) just opened the door for five new tenants to find their home ‘on Main Street’ in Frederick County.
Our Frederick Affordable Housing Development Initiative, made possible thanks to generous support from two state agencies and four local area foundations, funded the purchase and substantial improvements to two properties in the City of Frederick, transforming these buildings into quality, affordable, permanent housing for individuals and families living with psychiatric disabilities and Extremely Low Income.
“Housing is a critical component of everyone's life. It impacts employment, where a child goes to school, where you buy food, and often a person's health. For individuals with mental health issues, obtaining independent, safe, and affordable housing is critical to their success.” Hope Tipton, Magistrate, Baltimore City Circuit Court and Former MSH Board President
Bringing our award-winning “Main Street Model” of quality, affordable, independent rental housing for people with psychiatric disabilities to Baltimore City was a long-held goal for Main Street Housing. In 2012, MSH started our Baltimore City Housing Initiative thanks to the generous support of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and our friends, neighbors, supporters and donors.
"Poverty + Stigma ≠ Housing is a simple way to describe a complex problem that has significant and lasting impact on the lives of individuals remaining housed in RRP due to the lack of available affordable housing options in the community."
Check out our recent article about the challenges and opportunities that people moving out from a Residential Rehabilitation Program face when looking for quality, affordable, independent housing in their community.
MSH Executive Director Ken Wireman participated in an exciting panel discussion on "Supporting Recovery with Safe, Sober, and Peer-Oriented Housing" for the August 2014 episode of SAMHSA's Road to Recovery Television Series.
"[Recovery] is not sitting on a sofa, symptom-free...
Episode Description: Recovery housing environments are increasingly being recognized as a critical component to recovery success for many individuals. This show will examine the growing support for recovery housing in many states and communities, highlighting the many forms that these housing programs can take. Among the housing programs available are sober housing and recovery housing tailored to specific demographic groups such as adult men, adult women, young adults, and college students. The activities and programs offered in these housing settings will be discussed: one-on-one counseling, group sessions, peer recovery support, management of medications, mediation, spiritual engagement, and others. For a variety of reasons, the need for recovery housing is likely to rise in coming years. At the same time, challenges and barriers remain to providing recovery housing. Strategies for overcoming these challenges and barriers to meet the need for recovery housing will be explored.