The WHRC is Baltimore City’ s largest overnight shelter, housing 175 men, 75 women and 25 individuals in the convalescent care dorm. We are open 24/7 –we never close for holidays, bad weather, etc. Catholic Charities has been operating, contracted through MOHS, the WHRC since July 1, 2013.
On any night, there are 100-200 people who do not have a bed here. These guests, as we refer to them, may choose to be added to the waiting list, but that wait could be a few weeks. In the meantime, guests may arrive at WHRC starting at 4 p.m. to take shuttles to “overflow shelters” in the city. Unfortunately, by the time most of those residents arrive at the overflow shelters, they have missed the dinner shift. Therefore, WHRC makes it a priority to serve food to them before they leave – at the minimum, a sandwich, though ideally a full bag dinner.
The building was built with a capacity based on the 2009 Homeless Census. As you can see, the issue of homelessness is still on the rise since many guests are on the wait-list at any time for a bed.