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Baltimore City, MD

April 17, 2020
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  • Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan  
  • Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Provider Spotlight
  • Provider FAQ
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Announcements
Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan
MOHS' Emergency Response Plan Updates
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.

Last week, MOHS facilitated the transfer of 150 vulnerable residents aged 62 and over and/or with chronic health conditions from the City’s three main emergency shelters to motels. Additionally, over 100 men from Pinderhughes and Monument Street shelters were transferred to a new location to allow for social distancing. MOHS' decision is part of citywide efforts to mitigate the risk of infection for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City. Residents who have been transferred are provided with food and other basic day-to-day necessities as well as case management. Read Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young's Press Release to learn more about this initiative. 

MOHS continues to work closely with Baltimore City Health Department, service providers, partners, and other agencies to protect and support all individuals experiencing homelessness. This week, 
MOHS and BCHD finalized a protocol and guidance for providers on responding to potential COVID exposures within emergency shelter and other congregate homeless service programs.

General Updates 
As of today,11,572 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 1569 individuals in Baltimore City. Black Marylanders are impacted disproportionately according to data released by the Maryland Health Department, and experts have predicted that COVID-19 could attack Baltimore City the hardest. 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.
COVID-19 Resources   
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 17, 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
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. This list is updated on a weekly basis.
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.

Mayor's Office of Employment Development Job Board
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 
Economic Impact Payment 
Below are some information on how the stimulus economic impact payment. 
SSI recipients with dependent children should still use the “Non-Filers Enter Info Here” portal on IRS.Gov to provide their information. The tool will request the following basic information to confirm eligibility, calculate and send the Economic Impact Payments:
  • Full names and Social Security numbers, including for spouse and dependents
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account type, account and routing numbers
Recipients will receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment.  If SSI beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child. For more information on Economic Impact Payments click here.
Accessing DSS Public Benefits During COVID-19 (information current as of 4/17/20)
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.
MOHS in The News
The following are some of the news stories MOHS recently contributed to.
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:  Don't let MOHS/Journey Home Newsletter wind up in your SPAM Filter, be sure to add journey.home@baltimorecity.gov to your Safe List! 
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