Who We Are & What We Do
Project ECHO, Inc. is a small, non-profit organization with a mission to provide hope for the homeless. We have emergency shelter and supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Southern Maryland and we are the only local organization that offers year-round emergency shelter to men, women, and children.
Our shelter, ECHO House, has 40 beds which include two family suites and several dorm-style rooms where each resident has one roommate. Everyone receives personalized case management throughout their stay. We assist clients with referrals to employment and education programs as well as to health and wellness professionals. We provide food, clothing and toiletries for all of our residents and often former residents too.
If You Are Homeless
How to Apply
Call or come to ECHO House with your shelter referral from DSS and a photo id. It’s always a good idea to try calling before you come and keep in mind you’ll have the best chance of reaching the right people during regular office hours. The night and weekend staff are not always able to answer questions or accept people into the program.
Who Should Not Apply
Individuals with open warrants will not be allowed to stay. Individuals under the influence of alcohol and drugs will be asked to come back when they’re sober. Registered sex offenders are not accepted for the safety of the women and children within the shelter.
Length of Stay
Residents are granted free shelter for 45 days from the day they enter. An additional 45 days may be applied for and granted if the resident has worked toward personal goals and received no negative incident reports during their stay. Residents who violate rules may receive a suspension or be asked to leave early.
Our space is limited and a shelter referral doesn’t guarantee a bed if one isn’t available.
Project ECHO’s office hours are 10:00am – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday. Whenever possible, please call before showing up: 410-535-0044.