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      Baltimore City | July 13, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • National Updates & Announcements
  • Local Updates & Announcements
  • YHDP Updates
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
National Updates & Announcements 
HUD CPD Issues CoC and HOPWA Waivers 
HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) recently issued a memorandum explaining the availability of waivers of certain regulatory requirements associated with several Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs. The memorandum extends certain regulation waivers that were set to expire on June 30 and covers program-specific waivers for the following CPD programs, including for grants that have not yet been awarded (e.g., funds awarded under the FY 2021 Appropriations Act): 
  • Continuum of Care (CoC);
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP); and
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA). 
Child Tax Credit in American Rescue Plan
Help is on the way for Baltimore working families, including working families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Beginning July 15 until the end of 2021, qualified families will receive a Child Tax Credit on a monthly basis.
  • For every child 6-17 years old, families will get $250 each month. For every child under 6 years old, families will get $300 each month.
  • If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action.
  • People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail around the same time.
  • If you didn’t make enough to be required to file taxes in 2020 or 2019, you can still get benefits. You must sign up here. 
Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income and will not affect your eligibility and access to government benefits, including SNAPS, SSI, WIC, or TANF.  More information about the Child Tax Credit, its eligibility criteria, and how to apply (if you need to apply to claim this tax relief) can be found here. 
Local Updates & Announcements

MOHS Partners with Baltimore City Health Department and Healthcare for the Homeless for Health Initiatives at Shelter Facilities

Longtime partners, the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) launch new initiative for overdose treatment at shelter facilities. Last week, BCHD trained MOHS staff and shelter/drop-in center service providers on how to spot overdose due to substance use and how to administer Narcan. BCHD will provide Narcan to shelter sites and drop-in centers, expediting the administration of the life-saving medication.

Other MOHS and BCHD initiatives include a second round of mobile COVID vaccination clinics at select shelter facilities, which started last week, and Hepatitis A vaccinations for all city-funded shelter programs later this month.

Valued partner and service provider Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) will also be launching onsite services at shelter facilities. Starting this month, HCH host monthly health clinics at three city-funded shelter sites.

YHDP Updates

We are beyond thrilled to announce a new transitional housing program designed to serve Baltimore City LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. This initiative is part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) and includes LGBTQ+ youth-centered wrap around services. For more information about this exciting partnership with Baltimore Safe Haven, please visit bit.ly/3hOdGfDMore information about Baltimore City YHDP can be found here: bit.ly/3hpFLuL

Code Red Has Been Issued for Today

A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is issued by the Health Commissioner when the forecasted heat index, a measure of air temperature and relative humidity that indicates how hot it feels outside, is greater than or equal to 105ºF. 
Details about cooling centers, water distribution, and other resources for neighbors experiencing homelessness can be found here. Be sure to follow @BaltimoreMOHS and @bmore_healthy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for details about cooling centers and water distribution to neighbors experiencing homelessness on days that a Code Red Alert is issued.
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. 

CoC Members interested in participating in ongoing conversations about the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program can email Paroma Nandi at paroma.nandi@baltimorecity.gov
 
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.
FREE Shower Services
Generosity Showers are Back! The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services is partnering with Generosity Global to provide those in need with shower services at the dates and location listed below.
When: 9AM-1PM | Monday-Friday & 2nd Saturday of every month.
Where : 407 E Saratoga St Baltimore, MD 21201
Under the Jones Fall Express Way (near Health Care for the Homeless)

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.

COVID-19 Resources
Below is a collation of 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 Resources
National Resources
Events & Learning Opportunities 

HRSA & SAMHSA Resources for Housing Supportive Services
Wednesday, July 14 from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm ET

Supportive services will be essential for maximizing HUD-funded housing vouchers. This webinar will explain how to connect HHS-funded services to HUD-funded housing vouchers. 
RSVP HERE

NAEH—Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness  (Webinar Series) RSVP for all topics here.

Topics

  • Harnessing the American Rescue Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (July 15 at 3 pm ET)
  • Funding and Implementing an Equitable Prevention and Rehousing Continuum (July 22 at 3 pm ET)
  • Housing Navigation and Landlord Engagement (August 5 at 3 pm ET)
  • Connecting Housing Resources and Supportive Services (TBD)
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

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