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A new program for the city's homeless leaves them struggling amid a chaotic system of care

A new program for the city's homeless leaves them struggling amid a chaotic system of care

Christina Flowers holds forth from behind her cluttered desk on the second floor of 2526 N. Charles St. It's an early-December afternoon and, after a half hour of questions and answers, she's boiled down her mission, her business model, and her philosophy for housing Baltimore's homeless. "It's about making decisions," she says, "based on What Would Jesus Do?"

What Jesus would do, according to Flowers' gospel, is act as a middleman between landlords and the homeless. He would rent houses, sublease them to groups of homeless people, and manage the homeless people's money (federal and state benefits) for them, collecting their entitlements,...

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