Wicomico’s new partnership to address youth & family homelessness
WICOMICO CO., Md. – Wicomico County has a new partnership to help address homelessness among youth and families.
Wicomico’s Partnership for Families and Children is joining forces with the organization Lead4Life. Officials say Lead4Life will help with navigation services by providing case management and other resources for youth and families experiencing homelessness. The goal is to help reduce barriers for stabilized housing, something that’s especially prevalent because of the pandemic.
“As we are aware, there’s a relatively large homeless population in Wicomico County but now were are seeing an increase with COVID, families losing or reducing income and they have children who are becoming homeless who may be couch surfing and don’t realize or identify as homeless,” says Michelle Bradley, the director of Wicomico’s Local Management Board Partnership for Families & Children.
Officials say many families and youth are facing homelessness for the first time right now and finding resources can seem difficult. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and are under the age of 24 years, you can go to Lead4LifeInc.org for information on important resources here on the Eastern Shore.