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Main Street Housing, Inc. was recognized with an Certificate of Appreciation from Mid-Shore Mental Health Services, Inc. at their 2015 Caliber Awards, which recognize excellence in public behavioral health.
Nearly eight years ago, MSH crossed the Bay Bridge to bring our “Main Street Model” of consumer-run, independent affordable rental housing for individuals and families with psychiatric disabilities to the Eastern Shore. In June 2007, MSH began operations on the Eastern Shore by taking on 5 properties from Shore Alliance for Independent Living, which allowed many consumers to stay in their homes. Since then, MSH has more than doubled our properties through two additional housing development initiatives thanks to the support of many individuals and agencies in the Mid-Shore region. As of March 2015 we own and operate 17 rental housing units across 5 Mid-Shore Counties with the capacity to serve 37 people.
MSH offers consumers a choice in affordable housing beyond traditional service-based programs and sets a standard of excellence for housing that truly fosters recovery. Our affordable monthly rent amounts are designed to fit the needs of individuals and families living on limited or disability income, and our rigorous property selection criteria ensure Tenants have independent access to the opportunities for employment, education, recreation and health services that support and sustain wellness.
The George B. Todd Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation has awarded a generous grant to Main Street Housing in support of our property maintenance and upgrade activities in Dorchester County!
MSH has operated 5 units of quality, affordable rental housing in Dorchester Co. since 2007. This grant funding will be used to replace aging home appliances in some units with new, ENERGY STAR certified machines and to purchase tools that expand MSH Maintenance Workers' capacity to respond to emergent maintenance issues.
We are tremendously grateful to the Advisors of the George B. Todd Fund for selecting Main Street Housing as a grant recipient this year and to everyone who supports the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Thank you!
Main Street Housing’s third annual SPAGANZA! Pasta Dinner & Benefit Event was another very successful and fun evening in celebration of our quality, affordable housing for individuals and families with psychiatric disabilities across the Mid-Shore region.
Laughter and conversation bubbled up from tables across the room as old friends enjoyed catching up and new faces were welcomed as neighbors on ‘Main Street.’ Soon, a dedicated crew of volunteers served dinner to the room as MSH Board of Directors President Diane McComb and Executive Director Ken Wireman thanked everyone for their support during a very busy and productive year.
MSH began offering quality, affordable housing on the Eastern Shore in 2007. Since then, we have successfully completed two housing development initiatives focused in Talbot Co, with the last three months of 2014 bringing three new beautiful Main Street properties in Easton. MSH Regional Property Manager Gloria Bowen and Maintenance Worker Jamie Middleton worked quickly to get these units online so new Tenants could start moving in during the first months of 2015.
“Our ‘Main Street Model’ - with rigorous property selection criteria and 'Supportive Accountability' measures - sets a progressive standard for quality, affordable, independent housing in the community for individuals and families with psychiatric disabilities,” explained McComb. “We had a wonderful turnout for this year’s event benefitting our Eastern Shore properties, and I’d like to thank the donors to the Silent Auction and Local Business Sponsors who generously supported us.”
MSH also extends our grazie de cuore (thanks from the heart) to our Individual Sponsors:
.... and to all our Silent Auction Donors:
If you’re out and about on the Eastern Shore this summer, please consider stopping by and sharing your thanks for their recognition and support for quality, affordable housing that ‘makes all the difference’ for individuals and families with psychiatric disabilities.
Summer in the City! Baltimore City Housing Initiative Progress
We're absolutely thrilled to share these exciting updates for our Baltimore City Housing Initiative!
Oh My Lands! Eastern Region Landscaping Projects
MSH was able to complete some major landscaping improvement projects at our properties across Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties this summer thanks to a generous grant for lawn and gardening tools from the George B. Todd Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Our new power washer, hedge trimmer, wood chipper and other tools have made it easy for Jamie, MSH Eastern Region Maintenance Worker, to blast through projects that would have required hiring a contractor in the past. Our Tenants take pride in maintaining their homes in the community, and these tools make it possible for us to make landscaping improvements that preserve and improve the beauty of our properties - this summer and for many years to come!
Three New Partners for FY 15
In case you missed the updates on Facebook, MSH is honored to have gained three new partners for FY 15. The United Way of Central Maryland, The Herbert Bearman Foundation, and the Jacob Lowenthal Residue (a PNC Charitable Trust) have generously awarded grant funding to support our efforts to develop quality, affordable housing in Baltimore City.
The 2nd Annual Spaganza! Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction was a sold-out success, and we're still full from heaping plates of pasta with Ken Wireman's homemade sauce! Read all about the events of the evening - including a surprise twist! - and check out pictures from the event.
A chorus of Mille Grazie! goes out to our hosts at the Elks Lodge in Cambridge, all our Event Sponsors, Individual Sponsors, Local Business Sponsors, Silent Auction Donors and Attendees for supporting Main Street Housing's efforts on Maryland's Eastern Shore.