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Baltimore City, MD

April 10, 2020
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In This Issue
  • MOHS' Emergency Response Plan  
  • COVID-19 Case Management Guidance
  • Updates on COVID-19 & Additional Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Provider Spotlight
  • Provider FAQ
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Announcements
Updates on COVID-19 & Additional Resources
This week, we have taken additional steps to mitigate the risk of infection for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community. Some of these steps include relocating 150 vulnerable homeless residents over the age of 62 from the City’s three emergency shelters to motels. Read the Mayor's Press Release here. 

We have also hosted a virtual meeting with Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young on the City's emergency plan for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The virtual meeting provided opportunities to engage with members of our community and discuss  current interventions. For your convenience, the meeting's slide deck is available here.
MOHS' Emergency Response Plan
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) has developed a COVID-19 Response Plan to mitigate risk for individuals experiencing homelessness. MOHS, in partnership with homeless service providers and public and private agencies, is implementing a range of prevention and response strategies to support individuals and families who are at particularly high risk of contracting communicable diseases and unable to self-isolate at home. A summary of our emergency plan for individuals and families experiencing homelessness available here. If you wish to learn more about MOHS’ response and current interventions, please visit our COVID-19 Webpage.
COVID-19 Case Management Guidance  
Click here to access MOHS'  Interim Guidance to Providers on Case Management Services During the COVID-19 Health Emergency. The document herein provides best practices related to providing case management during a health emergency as well as expectation for client check-ins. Please note that the information provided in the guidance document was last updated on March 30th and is subject to change as the situation in Baltimore City evolves.
As of today, 6968 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 689 individual in Baltimore City. Black Marylanders are impacted disproportionately according to data released by The Maryland Health Department. The State of Maryland coronavirus tracking map is available here and is updated throughout the day as additional details on cases are released by individual counties. Below is a list of important resources for homeless service providers and the Baltimore City community. Please note that this is a rapidly evolving issue and information presented here is current as of April 10, 2020, and may be updated as community planning and needs evolve. 

Recommendations, Guidance, and Resources

Communications Materials

Additional resources are available on the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' COVID Webpage. For the latest developments on COVID‑19, visit the newly launched Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website.
Ways to Help
Donate and help spread the word
  • Make a monetary donation HERE or Text “JourneyHome” to 50155 to support families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during COVID-19 
  • Share these informational flyers with your network 
  • Use this Social Media Toolkit to spread the word about the donation campaign
  • People interested in donating resources can send an email to jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov
Items that are currently needed include the following:
  • Mobile hand-washing stations
  • Water (cases of bottled water and gallons)
  • Hand Soap (gallons and personal bottles)
  • Non-perishable food and snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Socks
  • First aid kits
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
Provider Spotlight
Franciscan Center
Today, we are inspired by the Franciscan Center for its dedication to service amid times of uncertainty. Over the past weeks, the center has continued to safely prepare and deliver food to those in need. We will be sharing more about the Franciscan Center's efforts on our social media channels next week, so stay tuned! 

THANK YOU for all that you do. 


We want to hear about the wonderful work that our partners and service providers are all doing at the moment. Please use this form to share stories, highlights, and updates on your responses to COVID-19.
Provider FAQ
We have compiled some FAQs that may be helpful to providers and partners. Special thanks to those who submitted their questions this week. Click HERE to access the FAQs. 

If you are a provider and have questions or concerns about COVID-19 or MOHS' Plan, please submit them through this form
Funding Opportunities 
General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources 
Click
 here to access general funding resources as well as resources focusing on COVID-19 and homelessness. 

Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturing Fund
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) have created a $50,000 grant fund to assist Baltimore City manufacturers with start-up costs related to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Qualifying businesses can request up to $7,500 to off-set costs of equipment, materials, and/or labor associated with the manufacturing of any of the products listed on the Maryland Department of Commerce’s
 COVID-19: Maryland Critical Needs List. 

APPLY HERE

Question(s)? Email andy@madeinbaltimore.org 
Employment Opportunities & Resources for

Businesses Impacted by COVID-19  
Employment Opportunities
Employment plays a key role in preventing and ending homelessness.

Hence, improving access to employment and economic opportunities is one of our five key strategies to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. A summary of the Continuum of Care's Action Plan on Homelessness is available here.

Click here to access The Mayor's Office of Employment Development Job Board Webpage. If you are a partner or service provider and are currently hiring, fill out this form to promote your job posting. 

We are Hiring!
As part of its response to COVID-19, MOHS is expanding capacity for social distancing in shelters by opening additional emergency shelter sites to relocate existing shelter residents and allow for social distancing in accordance with CDC best practices. Hiring additional staff members is of paramount importance for the success of this strategy. Below are new contract positions managed by the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services. 
  • Case Manager - APPLY HERE
    • The Case Manager role will be supporting MOHS’ efforts to provide on-going support to homeless citizens over the age of 62 moved into these designated sites. The Case Manager provides direct management services including identifying and coordinating community resources. The Case Manager provides a variety of individual and/or group supportive services that address both short-term and long-term client needs.
  • Shelter Monitor - APPLY HERE
    • The Shelter Monitor will be responsible for providing a safe and orderly environment at the site. During your shift, you will be responsible for enforcing program rules and regulations, performing intake process and log entries, addressing client behavior issues and conflict resolution, and maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the site. 
Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Announcements 
Accessing DSS Public Benefits During COVID-19 (information current as of 4/03/20)
This document provides important information and updates on service modifications at the Department of Social Services and access to public benefits during COVID-19.  Individuals may call the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) for free legal information.
Grab and Go Food Distribution Sites 
Baltimore City is providing grab-n-go meals to all Baltimore children and youth through April 26. All meal sites and additional information can be found here.
Stay Informed 
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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