DHCD provides a range of services to strengthen the community by supporting Baltimore’s families through difficult circumstances.
The Office of the Ombudsman provides food, clothing, and emergency relocation services to Baltimore families facing eviction, utility disconnection or temporary homelessness.
Dawson Safe Haven Center
The Dawson Safe Haven Center stands as an everlasting memorial to the Dawson Family and serves as a community resourse and youth after-school program.
Child Care Academy
Baltimore City’s Child Care Academies provide affordable day care to families who need it most. The programs serve children ages 2-12 and include education, health, and parental components.
Summer Food Service
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious breakfast and lunch to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months while they are out of school.
LIGHT Intake and Referral
LIGHT assists Baltimore City residents in obtaining and coordinating the delivery of a variety of no- and low-cost services to help them become more self-sufficient, safer, more stable and healthier in their homes.
LIGHT Coordinators conduct assessments and screen clients for a range of needs and then match client needs and eligibility with available services (including energy-efficiency/weatherization, home rehabilitation, lead hazard reduction).