Housing, Shelter

BRIDGES TO HOUSING STABILITY INC

Solving Homelessness with Housing

aka Bridges to Housing Stability   |   Columbia, MD   |  www.bridges2hs.org

Mission

To provide a path to self-sufficiency to prevent and end homelessness through affordable housing solutions and advocacy in Howard County, Maryland.

Notes from the nonprofit

Bridges is a growing nonprofit. We have increased our capacity and our programs steadily over the past 28 years. We are proud to serve the residents and workers of Howard County. We're working to build an inclusive and economically diverse community.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Mrs. Jennifer Broderick

Main address

9520 Berger Rd Suite 311

Columbia, MD 21046 USA

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Formerly known as

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless

EIN

52-1723716

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a shortage of 6,700 units of affordable rental housing in Howard County, over 350 households evicted each year, more than two hundred individuals experiencing homelessness on any one day in the county, and every year almost eight hundred people experience or are at imminent risk of homelessness in the county . Bridges is working to address the housing shortage, and make homelessness brief, rare, and non re-curring by increasing the availability of affordable housing, prevention, and rehousing services through targeted programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Homeless Rehousing and Prevention

Assist Households experiencing homelessness with rehousing and housing stability and keep individuals and families in their homes who are on the verge of homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$587,500

Affordable Housing with a Circle of Support. Below market income-based rental housing for low-income people working in Howard county.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$874,930

Rapidly rehouse families with children within 30 days, and provide short term support services and housing assistance for 14 families each year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people
Budget
$178,417

Opening Doors one family at a time. Outreach and support for landlords willing to rent to households with housing barriers. Case management and housing location assistance for low income renters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$149,916

Provide permanent supportive housing for individuals and families with high housing barriers to keep them stable in housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$394,269

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Homeless people

Related Program

Homeless Rehousing and Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes total number of homeless individuals in Rehousing, Housing Stability Subsidy, Housing Location, & Shelter Diversion programs that were experiencing homelessness at entry.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Homeless people

Related Program

Homeless Rehousing and Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes all programs: Housing Stability, Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, Housing Stability Subsidy Program, and Rapid Rehousing, Bridges Alliance.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All programs: Rehousing, prevention, Bridges Alliance Affordable housing, Shelter Diversion, Housing Specialist, and Housing Stability Subsidy Programs.

Number of homebuyers/tenants with low incomes receiving housing subsidies as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,People with disabilities

Related Program

Housing Subsidy Stability Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Housing Stability Subsidy, and Shelter Diversion programs.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Housing Stability Subsidy, Shelter Diversion, and Bridges Alliance programs

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All Children or youth that had stable housing in a Bridges program.

Number of households served with eviction notice or forced displacement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Homeless Rehousing and Prevention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of evictions that were prevented during the fiscal year.

Number of people benefitting from intensive case management services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rehousing, Prevention, Landlord Engagement, Shelter Diversion, Housing Stability Subsidy programs & Housing Specialist.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Bridges Alliance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bridges Alliance has continued to steadily build the Affordable housing program over the past 5 years.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

*Prevent Homelessness by providing financial assistance, case management, building community supports for individuals, and budget coaching. *End Homelessness by rehousing individuals and families in housing they can afford, and sustain. *Assist households in attaining self sufficiency by providing a tenant success certificate program, employment coaching, follow-up services, referrals to resources, and budget and goal planning. *Provide affordable housing to low-income Howard County Workers by partnering with the Howard County Housing Commission, the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development, and our 100 Homes for 100 Households partners to add additional affordable units to the housing stock in Howard County, and ensuring the rental burden is lowered so households can stay housed in the community where they work.

Our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan maps out the strategies that will help Bridges achieve its goals. Bridges' practices align with the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), focusing on the prevention of homelessness and Housing First model, an approach that stresses the placement of homeless individuals and families in permanent housing, not shelter. Bridges has been a leader and advocate in bringing the NAEH approach to Howard County, influencing the development of the Howard County Bridges has continued to expand Bridges Alliance, the affordable housing program, permanent supportive housing, shelter diversion, and Rapid Re-Housing. Bridges is part of the local Continuum of Care, and the Board to Promote Self Sufficiency.

Bridges has 12 skilled staff with a combined 70+ years of experience with low income housing, case management, or finance work in 3 programs and administration. All programs are focused on housing stability for low-income households with a vision of eradicating homelessness in our county. Case management services for homeless or at risk households follow a housing first model, are client centered, and employ a creative, problem-solving, empowerment approach to support housing stability. Case management includes creation of a plan that includes identified measurable goals. A majority of households remain housed long term. Bridges Alliance provides below market scattered site rental housing for 31 families working in the County. Partnerships ensure the program continues to grow by adding 6 additional housing units annually. Housing Connections provides housing location and case management for up to 18 mos to low income tenants & supports landlords that rent to households with barriers.

Bridges uses a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to track progress, households served, demographics and housing outcomes. Grant, board and committee reports show the progress toward desired outcomes. Data and outcomes are tracked regularly. The number of homeless individuals in the county during the annual point in time count has been going down consistently over the past 7 years since the County's Plan to End Homelessness was implemented. Bridges' must report outcomes to multiple funders each year with outcome data showing program progress.

In 2016 Bridges' completed the goals set out in the Strategic Plan created in 2012. Bridges has added 3 new programs in the past 4 years, adding new staff, and providing services to a broader spectrum of low-income homeless and at-risk households. A new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 was passed by the Board of Directors in June 2017. This plan focuses Bridges' work on case management leadership, expanding the Affordable Housing program (Bridges Alliance), involvement in the update to the County's Plan to End Homelessness, and becoming a workplace of choice for staff. Bridges will continue to expand on 3 current programs by increasing Affordable Housing units, Permanent Supportive Housing slots, and rapid-rehousing families served.

Financials

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BRIDGES TO HOUSING STABILITY INC

Board of directors
as of 12/3/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Jessica Zuniga

Foundation Development Group

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Bill Salganik

Retired

Term: 2018 - 2020

Harriet Bachman

Retired

Damani Coates

BCP Digital Printing

James Collins

Retired

Dianne Jensen

Creig Northrop Team

Bill Salganik

Retired

Russ Snyder

Volunteers of America

Reid Spearman

Dakota Consulting, Inc.

Tracey Williams

Howard County Public Schools

Jessica Zuniga

Foundation Development Group

Sue Lowcock Harris

First Presbyterian Church of Howard

Ruth Hoang

Howard Hughes Corporation

Rogers Lewis

Retired

Cassandra Havard

Professor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

homeless, housing, prevention, stability, family, affordable, income-based, supportive, rental