Baltimore Housing Joins Mayor Rawlings-Blake at Winter Weather Preparedness Event
Deputy Commissioner Reggie Scriber joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and officials from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Works, the Fire Department, and the Health Department at the City’s annual winter weather preparedness press event on November 21, 2016. Baltimore Housing announced its coordinated response efforts to help protect vulnerable residents, including older adults, those with disabilities, and the homeless, during extremely cold weather.
Throughout the Code Blue season, the Baltimore Housing Office of the Ombudsman will work with two city homeless shelter providers to deliver blankets, cots, water, and food. The shelters are located at 1400 E. Federal Street and 3006 W. Cold Spring Lane. Shuttle service will be available to transport those in need to the shelters. The Office of the Ombudsman is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents are encouraged to call the City’s 311 number if they are experiencing a winter weather emergency.
In addition, Baltimore Housing’s Division of Green, Healthy and Sustainable Homes offers weatherization or energy efficiency programs for households with limited income. Energy conservation services help with the installation of energy conservation materials and products to help lower utility bills and help maintain a safer, more comfortable home. Since 2009, Baltimore City has weatherized 9,800 homes, with older adults and people with disabilities as the top priority. These weatherization efforts have reduced energy costs by approximately 35%. Vulnerable persons in need of weatherization services may visit: www.baltimorehousing.org/EnergyConservationServices for more information.