Project PLASE was formed by four university students to remedy the lack of housing and resources available to Baltimore’s homeless citizens.  history

1973

Walk-In Center opens to serve homeless citizens

1974

Organization is officially incorporated as Project PLASE, Inc
(People Lacking Ample Shelter & Employment)
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Founders

1977

PLASE receives Campaign for Human Development funding, including the Campaign’s first national-level funding to the Baltimore area

1977-1985

Employment training program launched for special needs homeless citizens.  PLASE works actively on issues of de-institutionalization, both on a policy level as well as creating special programs for this population, including being the first Fountain House Model Day program in the area. thanks

1978

First transitional housing facility opens (201 E. North Avenue) 201 E North Ave.

1979

Apartments for de-institutionalized homeless men and women open

1984

PLASE begins to actively address the needs of homeless citizens with
HIV/AIDS

1985

PLASE opens two more transitional housing facilities (139 E. North Avenue and 2031 St. Paul Street). PLASE begins working actively to address the needs of an emerging female population among the homeless in Baltimore. This includes being an initiator of the Women’s Housing Coalition and creator of the Model Shelter Bill with Delegate Anne Perkins women

1985

Permanent Housing opens for homeless citizens with disabilities

1987

PLASE creates a department of case managers/outreach counselors to work on stability in permanent housing

2001

1814 Maryland Avenue opens as a site for transitional and permanent housing for medically fragile homeless citizens 1814

2005

PLASE receives Maryland Nonprofit’s ‘Standards of Excellence” and ’
incorporates mental health services on site at PLASE

2009

PLASE turns 35! PLASE expands our 1814 Maryland Avenue site to include transitional housing for Veterans, and begins providing GED tutoring for women. 031

Mary C. Slicher, PLASE’s Executive Director, is one of the original founders.