On May 2, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced plans for a supportive housing facility for the chronically homeless to be established behind the Salvation Army store on Guilford Road near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 32.
The nearby Route 1 Day Resource Center will also relocate to the eight-acre site, which the county has agreed to acquire at a cost of $3.25 million.
The housing component of roughly 30 units will be constructed and managed through a partnership with Volunteers of America Chesapeake, a leading provider of services for the homeless. The Route 1 Day Resource Center will continue to be operated by the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.
“We are taking important steps to implement the county’s Plan to End Homelessness, and this project is one of the most significant,” Ulman said.
Howard County officials previously discussed building the project at the site of the Beechcrest Mobile Home Park in North Laurel, but faced opposition from local residents and homeowners’ organizations who questioned that site’s appropriateness.
“It’s a noble idea and a good idea, but it was our opinion that putting a good idea in a bad place was not worthwhile,” said Bibi Perotte-Foston, president of the North Laurel Civic Association. “We’re happy that the county has chosen another site, and we also support what the county is doing to fight homelessness here.”