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      Baltimore City | October 2, 2020
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
Visite nuestra página web de COVID-19 para más recursos e información sobre COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Resources
  • Ways to Help
  • General Updates & Announcements
  • Join a CoC Action Committee
  • Voting Resources
  • Requests for Proposals
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Paid Research Opportunity
  • Recent Housing Media Coverage
COVID-19 Updates

Availability of Additional Waivers for CPD Grant Programs to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Mitigate Economic Impacts Caused by COVID-19
On September 30, HUD issued a memorandum explaining the availability of waivers of certain regulatory requirements and a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) requirement associated with several Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate assistance to eligible communities and households economically impacted by COVID-19. This memorandum covers program-specific waivers for the following CPD programs:

  • Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)
  • Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG)

The memorandum also announces a simplified notification process for recipients of these programs to use this waiver flexibility to expedite the delivery of assistance. Read the full memorandum.

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Extends WIC COVID-19 Flexibilities for Duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
On September 21, USDA  announced the extension of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) flexibilities, ensuring WIC participants continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
CDC's Temporary Eviction Moratorium  
The temporary national moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent, issued by the CDC, is in effect until December 31, 2020This moratorium halts residential evictions for individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. However, qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords in order to be protected. 
Eligibility and Steps Renters Must Take
Click here to check if you qualify for protection under the CDC's Eviction Moratorium and learn more about other protections and steps struggling renters must take. 
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)

Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Treasury: CARES Act Web Portal
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council
Ways to Help
COVID-19 means that more people are relying on our services to meet their basic needs. We are committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of our community and are inspired by community members who have reached out to ask how they can help. If you would like to contribute, here are a few things you can do right now. 
  • Help us protect our unhoused neighbors! Share these flyers with your network and/or people experiencing homelessness to educate them about COVID and Homelessness.
  • Donate HERE or Text “JourneyHome” to 50155 to support people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during the pandemic.
  • Use this Social Media Toolkit  to help promote our Donation Campaign
Individuals interested in donating resources can email Jessi Stevens at
jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov

Most needed items include the following [Winter List]:
  • 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
General Updates and Announcements 
 The Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, HB231 prohibits a person from refusing to sell or rent a home to another person based on their source of income. Effective October 1, Maryland property owners are prohibited from discriminating against low-income prospective tenants who plan to use federal housing assistance to pay rent.

HPRP SNAP/Food Stamps 
Free Legal Help Hotline

HPRP continues to assist people in Maryland who have been denied and terminated from the SNAP (food stamp) benefit program. If you have been terminated or denied benefits, you have the right to appeal. You can also file a new application for benefits while your case is on appeal. For more information or to request free legal representation, call HPRP's bilingual (English/Spanish) SNAP Free Legal Help Hotline: 800-613-2518

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.

FREE Shower Services for Those in Need
The Mayors Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is partnering with Generosity Global to provide those in need with shower services and food on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the location listed below.

407 E Saratoga st Baltimore, MD 21201
Under the Jones Fall Express Way

Want to volunteer with this initiative? sign up here. For more information, contact Kristin@generosityglobal.org

ACT NOW: Economic Impact Payment
Many people who are not required to file tax returns may still be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment. Eligible individuals must register can register for a payment through the free Non-Filers tool by October 15 to receive a payment this year. This tool is available ONLY on IRS.gov. Click here to check if you need to file a Tax Return.

Need assistance? 

IRS-certified volunteers can help you online at getyourrefund.org/eip
or over the phone through the 211 Economic Impact Payment Helpline (+1 844 322 3639)

Economic Impact Payment: Important Links

Rock Your Socks at Home/Virtual 5K

Health Care for the Homeless will be hosting a virtual 5K to end homelessness on November 7-8, 2020. Learn more and register here.

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 CoC Action Committees can be found here
Sign Up Now

Voting Resources

Voter Registration at Health Care for the Homeless (HCH)
Pass it on! You don't need a home to vote. People experiencing homelessness have voting rights and can register to vote at Health Care for The Homeless through October 13th. Voter registration schedule is as follows: 
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9AM-12PM
  • Tuesdays: 11am-1pm
  • Thursday: 10am-12pm
Health Care for the Homeless: 421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202
NAEH's Every One Votes Campaign
Every One Votes is an initiative designed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) to ensure that people experiencing homelessness are registered to vote and able to exercise their right to vote. Click here to learn more and access voter registration resources and tips to encourage clients to vote.
Important Links 

Requests for Proposals

ESG-CV Rapid Re-housing
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is seeking proposals to provide Rapid Re-housing through the Emergency Solutions Grant-CV in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has allocated $6,904,284 to prepare, prevent, or respond to COVID-19 among people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness through Rapid Re-housing. The proposed projects should serve individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness. 
 
Read the Full RFP
Deadline
Monday, October 26, 2020 | 4:00PM EDT

All applications must be submitted to HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov.
No late submissions will be accepted.

Application Workshop
An application workshop, also known as a Bidders’ Conference will be held on October 6th at 3:30pm via webinar. This information session will cover eligible projects and application requirements. The session will be recorded and posted on the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' Website
Register for the Bidder's Conference
Notice of RFP Cancellation: Housing Quality Standard
Notice is hereby given that the Mayor’s Office of Homeless has canceled the solicitation for Housing Quality Standard (HQS) Inspection Services. The Office appreciates your interest in this grant opportunity. Please check back for new grant opportunities from the City of Baltimore.
Events & Learning Opportunities 
Join Community Solutions on Thursday, October 8 at 3:00 pm for a Free  workshop on how you can use your vote to help end homelessness. Registration is required. 
Register Now
Join NLIHC's  President and CEO Diane Yentel and Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winner and distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, for a conversation on “Racial Equity and Housing Justice during and after COVID-19” on October 6, at 1 pm ET.
Register Here

ESG-CV Notice Review for Metro Cities, Urban Counties, and Territories - October 6, 2020 - 3:00 PM EDT
HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) invites homeless assistance providers and their partners to participate in a webinar on Tuesday, October 6th. The webinar, targeted to metro cities, urban counties, and territories receiving ESG-CV funds, will offer insight into frequently asked questions about Notice CPD-20-08: Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the ESG Program Under the CARES Act and allow ample time for additional questions to be asked.

Participants do not need to register in advance. It is strongly recommended to join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time (2:45 PM EDT).

Join Webinar
Organizing Showers & Hygiene Access for People Living Outside
October 9, 2020 01:00 PM EDT - 02:00 PM EDT 

Join an important conversation and learn the nuts and bolts of developing and operating showers, in conjunction with other services, as part of a broader organizing effort by and for people experiencing homelessness.
 
RSVP
National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) and National Health Care for the Homeless Council (HCH)
  • COVID-19 Learning Series  
    • Please note that Access to these courses for the first 2,500 users is underwritten by Kaiser Permanente. Once 2,500 spaces have been filled, these courses will remain available at a fee.
Employment Opportunities 
Paid Research Opportunity
Two Bulls, a digital product studio located in New York, is seeking participants for a study related to a secure Digital Data Locker project. The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of document-related processes and challenges for families applying for permanent housing and other services. Candidates should be subject matter experts (case managers, social workers..) and people with lived experience of homelessness. Research calls are expected to take about 30-45 minutes.  All participants will be compensated for their time. Those interested in taking part of this study must sign up by October 9th. Learn more and sign up. 

Questions? Email yagmur.erten@twobulls.com or call  202-390-3275.
In Case You Missed It! 
Recent Housing Media Coverage
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:

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Journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

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