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DHCD Offers Emergency Winter Weather Assistance for Residents

Today, DHCD Assistant Commissioner for Inspections Eric Booker joined Mayor Catherine E. Pugh 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.

During cold weather, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) helps protect vulnerable residents, including older adults, those with disabilities, and the homeless, through several emergency response efforts, and offers ongoing services to residents facing unsafe winter conditions.

Throughout Code Blue season, DHCD’s Office of the Ombudsman partners with two city homeless shelters to provide blankets, cots, water, and food: 1400 E. Federal Street on the east side of the city, and 3006 W. Cold Spring Lane on the west side. Shuttle service is available to transport those in need to the shelters, and the Office of the Ombudsman is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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For homeowners, DHCD’s Division of Green, Healthy, and Sustainable Homes can assist with weatherization and energy conservation services that help lower utility bills and make homes more safe and comfortable. Priority is given to older adults and people with disabilities, and those seeking assistance can visit our website below for more information.

In addition, residents should prepare for the coming cold weather by winterizing exterior spigots, checking CO detectors, and scheduling an appointment with a contractor who can make sure furnaces are working properly. Please also be mindful that home and business owners are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks following precipitation events so that pedestrians – particularly for those using wheelchairs or strollers – can safely pass in both residential and business areas. Property owners should clear at least a two-foot path, and clear rain gutters of debris.

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Tenants can call 311 for assistance from DHCD if they are without heat and cannot get help from their landlords. Residents who are concerned about anyone’s safety, need help with sidewalk accessibility due to winter conditions, or are facing other winter weather emergencies should also call 311.

“We ask that all Baltimore City residents exercise caution and care during inclement weather,” said Commissioner Michael Braverman. “For those in need, we are here to provide emergency shelter, food and other services to help protect them from the elements. We also work diligently to ensure that housing conditions are safe for renters, that property owners provide passage for pedestrians using city walkways, and that low-income homeowners get help with energy conservation and weatherization.”

Please follow us on Twitter and on Facebook or follow the conversation with #/@BmoreDHCD to learn about updates and additional information on other DHCD efforts.

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