Johns Hopkins, 9 more Baltimore hospitals launch pilot to end homelessness

Ten Baltimore hospitals are partnering with the city on a two-year pilot project to end homelessness and reduce healthcare costs, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The program will provide housing and support services for 200 people and/or families. So far, the city has filled 100 housing units and will review applications for the next 100 soon, according to the report.

Under the pilot, the city uses Medicaid funds for support services, like filling out rental applications and securing transportation to medical appointments. The hospitals involved in the pilot donated $2 million to cover Medicaid costs. The aim of the program is to ultimately reduce long-term healthcare spending by helping homeless people find stable housing, reducing health issues related to homelessness.

 Here are the 10 participating hospitals:

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center-Downtown
  • University of Maryland Medical Center-Midtown
  • Sinai Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital
  • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital 
  • St. Agnes Hospital

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