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Dayspring Programs Baltimore

1125 N Patterson Park Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 563-3459

Class of Housing: Transitional Housing, Supportive Housing, Etc

General Information:

Transitional Housing

Dayspring operates a transitional housing program for 18 families in east Baltimore.  Families with a parent of 18 years or older with a history of homelessness and substance abuse qualify for the program.  Dayspring is unique among transitional housing programs as we take children up to the age of 16 and multiple-children families.


Services and linkage to community resources are provided by on-site staff members: case managers, substance abuse counselor, mental health counselor, community health nurse and children’s program director. Trauma-informed and trauma-specific services are provided to address the complex links between violence, trauma, and addiction.


Interventions are comprehensive to address overall goals to remain drug free, retain stable housing, develop self-determination, and develop positive family relationships.  Focus is maintained on children’s needs and family stability.



Supportive Housing

Moving to permanent housing is a dream comes true for homeless families.  Dayspring’s permanent supportive housing program serves 63 families in scattered-site, rent-subsidized supportive housing.  Case managers assist families to work cooperatively with their landlords, maintain their homes, maintain sobriety, seek or maintain employment, and provide a nurturing environment for their children.  Parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s school or pre-school programs and to become engaged community members.


Case managers visit weekly or as needed.  Participants are required to participate in support groups, weekly urinalysis and to meet the goals in their own family plan. Long term participants are encouraged to provide support and assistance to families in early recovery.


Dayspring supportive housing accomplishments include: 


Seventy-seven percent (77%) is either working, in school, or enrolled in job training programs.

Eighty-eight (88%) remain drug free. 

Each year four to five families are able leave the program and become responsible for their own rent or purchase of a home to live independently in the community.


Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Substance abuse treatment has proven most effective when paired with a network of services that meet the needs of the individual, yet, historically, prevention and intervention programs targeted to pregnant women and mothers have been greatly under funded, arguably fostering the cycle of maternal and family dysfunction. (Baltimore City: A Five Year Plan, 2005)

In 2007, the transitional housing program was certified as a long-term residential treatment program by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA). Upon entry into the program, clients assist with the development of their Treatment Plan and identify goals for their recovery process. Dayspring Programs’ Certified Addiction’s Counselor provides individual substance abuse treatment sessions and group meetings. When indicated, referrals are made to other community agencies (e.g., domestic violence counseling, mental health therapy, etc.). Dayspring staff members also assist clients in addressing their primary needs, such as receiving supportive services, obtaining food, and making and maintaining appointments, as a way to then allow them the opportunity to focus on their recovery process.


Dayspring staff use a collaborative, supportive approach building upon client strengths in order to increase confidence in their respective abilities to identify and resolve problems. Effective therapeutic styles are employed that focus on treatment goals that are important to the client.


The Dayspring program addresses substance abuse and other addictions with research-based prevention programs including Strengthening Families Program (SFP) workshops. SFP is a powerful forum for family change because it involves the whole family. A positive family climate, supportive parent/child relationships, guidance/supervision, communication and values are major influences in protecting youth from risky behaviors.


To Qualify

o qualify for Dayspring Housing, a potential client must  be at least 18 years of age,  have a history of homelessness as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, chronic substance abuse history, and custody (or a reunification plan) of at least one biological child;  and not an immediate danger to self or others. In Dayspring’s Transitional Housing Program, a client may reside with up to five biological children.  Dayspring’s scattered site permanent housing requires a minimum of six months clean from drugs and/or alcohol.


Waiting List

The typical waiting period for both Dayspring’s Transitional and Permanent Housing Program is about 30-45 days if there is an opening. However, it is important to note that applicants can be on a waiting list for shorter or longer periods of time. Applicants are encouraged to check their status on the waiting list at least every 30 days.


Children Age Limit

The age limit for children in Dayspring’s Transitional Housing Program is 16 years. There is no age limit for children in Dayspring’s Permanent Housing Program.


Website: http://www.dayspringbaltimore.com/

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Helpful Definitions For Dayspring Programs Baltimore:

Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

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