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      Baltimore City | March 23, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • Updates & Announcements
  • RFP CFA FY2022
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
Updates and Announcements 
2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1
On March 18, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1 to Congress. The report found that 580,466 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020, an increase of 12,751 people (2.2 percent) from 2019. Learn more.
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
On March 11, President Biden Signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package which provides nearly $50 billion in housing and homelessness assistance, including $27.4 billion for rental assistance and $5 billion to support people experiencing homelessness. More details about the plan and eligibility can be found here. 
Senate Confirms Representative Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary
On March 10, the Senate confirmed Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as the 18th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was sworn in the same day. Secretary Fudge will be the first woman in 40 years and the second Black woman ever to lead HUD. Learn more and watch Secretary Fudge's remarks. 
Join a CoC Action Committee
Members of the Continuum of Care (CoC) are invited to join an Action Committee to help oversee the implementation of the Action Plan's key strategies. More information about the Action Committees can be found here.  A chart of the CoC's structure is available here. 
 
Join Now
Join the LEAC
Are you an individual with lived experience of homelessness interested in using your voice and expertise to shape responses to homelessness in Baltimore City? Join the Lived Experience Advisory Committee (LEAC). The LEAC meets (virtually) weekly on Fridays from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and is open to anyone with current or past lived experience of homelessness.
Meeting Logistics
Zoom In: bit.ly/LEACCalls 
Call In:
 3017158592  Passcode: 948 2285 4248.
Click here to learn more about the LEAC and ongoing efforts.
Mobile Vaccine Clinics

MOHS has partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department and Health Care for the Homeless to host mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at shelter sites. Four mobile clinics have taken place so far. Stay tuned for information about expanding this crucial effort with help of the VALUE Baltimore Ambassador program.

Youth REACH MD Modified Youth Count
A Modified Count of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness is taking place now through April 2021. The Youth REACH MD Modified Count is a reimagined Youth Count that will take place entirely online. The survey is available in Spanish and English and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Youth will receive a $10 electronic gift card via email for participating in the survey. Organizations interested in participating in the count can reach out to Katie Yorick at Katie.Yorick@baltimorecity.gov
 
Learn more
Winter Shelter
Help spread the word! During the 2020-2021 winter season (October 15, 2020, through April 1, 2021), the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) will provide emergency shelter to all people experiencing homelessness on nights when the temperature with wind chill reaches freezing (32 degrees and below)
If you or  someone you know is in need of a place to shelter, please call the City's Coordinated Entry line at 443-984-9540 between 9:30 am-9:00 pm to be connected to shelter and transportation. People seeking shelter after 9 PM should contact service providers directly. Families with children under the age of 18 can access shelter by calling 443-717-2923 or 443-717-2896. Click on the button below to learn more about winter shelter and stay in the know. 
 
Learn More About Winter Shelter

TRI Center at Lord Baltimore 

Are you experiencing homelessness and looking for a place to safely self-isolate? look no further! The TRI Center, located at 20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Lord Baltimore Hotel) is here to support you. The center provides FREE Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) services to those unable to self-isolate in a home setting. Learn more.

Funding Opportunity 
Consolidated Funding Application (CFC) FY2022
The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services is seeking proposals to provide services to individuals & families currently experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness, and/or living with HIV/AIDS.

Deadline: 3/26 

 
Learn More
COVID-19 Resources
Below is a collation of local, state, and national resources that may be helpful to service providers and people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. A more comprehensive list of existing resources can be found on our website.

Local & State Resources
New National Resources
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Events & Learning Opportunities 
The Journey Home Care-A-Thon
Join us virtually on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 for 12 hours of Baltimore culture and community engagement. Guests will learn more about homelessness in Baltimore City and enjoy a wide range of activities, including interviews with local celebrities, live music, and a closing dance party.  Funds raised from this event will be used to support people at imminent risk of eviction due to the pandemic and accelerate permanent housing placements for our unhoused neighbors.
 
Claim your Spot
Educating the New Congress
This webinar will equip providers and advocates with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to confidently educate state legislators and advocate on behalf of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Register here.
 
Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021: A New Day
Register for NLIHC’s Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021: A New Day | March 30-31, 1-5 pm ET. The forum will feature keynote speakers and panels on Racial Equity, Housing Justice, the Coronavirus, and more. 
Office Hours: COVID-19 Planning and Response for Homeless Assistance Providers - Fridays at 2:30 PM EDT
Baltimore City Service Providers! Join HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) every Friday from 2:30 - 4:00 PM EDT for a weekly Office Hours on COVID-19 planning and response. Presenters from the following federal agencies and their partners will be available for a live question and answer session:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH)
Learn More
Employment Opportunities 
Ways to help
Text "JourneyHome" to 50155 to sponsor individuals and families experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Your donation will enable us to continue to take steps, large or small, to address the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during COVID-19.

Individuals interested in donating resources can email Jessi Stevens at jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov

Most needed items include the following:
  • Water (cases of bottled water and gallons)
  • Gatorade (or likeness)
  • Hand Soap (personal bottles)
  • Non-perishable food and snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Socks
  • First aid kits (small)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Hand Warmers
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Blankets
  • Baby Wipes
Stay informed about COVID-19 through reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO), and the local authorities such as the Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Health. Be aware of fake information/myths that may circulate by word-of-mouth or online. 
 
For the latest information and resources about COVID-19, please consult the following resources:

Questions? Email Us!
Journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

Have Something to Share? Send it to Us!
eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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