The new, 80,000 sf, three-floor, LEED Silver Eastern Family Resource Center (EFRC) is located on the campus of Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center. This facility replaces and expands the previous shelter for men, women, and families, while containing the capability for an array of programs operated via Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services.
With capacity for 330 residents, EFRC provides safe and stable transitional housing, dining, and educational resources for its residents. In addition, there are numerous health and medical capabilities, including: dental, clinical, audiology, and WIC services. The shelter space was designed around the specific needs of those who occupy the building, with childcare and child development areas, an outdoor playground, and program collaboration/flexible office space for partnering agencies.
The new building houses multiple Health Department functions, including the Infants and Toddlers Program, Substance Abuse Treatment, a Sexually Transmitted Infections clinic, Family Planning, and the Womens, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. Healthcare for the Homeless is also housed within EFRC, as they engage in a partnership with the County to allow for the expansion of primary care, behavioral health, and supportive health services.