- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore is spending more than $350,000 to put some of the city’s chronically homeless in hotels and serve others in a new shelter.

The Baltimore Sun reports (https://bsun.md/1K0Akh1) the Board of Estimates voted Wednesday to authorize the spending.

The new shelter, run by non-profit New Vision House of Hope, opened in September and will serve as many as 70 people through March. Unlike the other Baltimore shelters, the pilot program allows people to stay in a handful of houses while they get help for mental health problems and substance abuse. It also allows pets.

Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey of the mayor’s office says the city will also pay about $65 a night for homeless people to stay in hotels on an emergency basis.

Duval-Harvey says if the pilot is successful, the city will try to keep it running.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com

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