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      Baltimore City | September 5, 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
  • Local COVID-19 Updates
  • State & National COVID-19 Updates
  • Resources
  • Ways to Help
  • Crisis Bridge Housing RFP
  • General Updates & Announcements
  • Census 2020 & Homelessness
  • Learning Opportunities
Local COVID-19 Updates
MOHS Dedicates COVID-19 Relief to Permanent Housing  
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services announced $15.7 million in Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 (ESG-CV) funding this week to further strengthen the city’s response to growing need amid the pandemic. The agency is committing more than two-thirds of the HUD-administered funds to rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention, prioritizing housing for Baltimoreans in need. Housing first is key to MOHS’ strategy to prevent and end homelessness in Baltimore City. As we face an eviction crisis and long uphill road to economic recovery nationwide, ESG-CV funding will help MOHS and its partners to advance our shared vision of a Baltimore where everyone has a place to call home. Read the full ESG-CV funding report here and follow MOHS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, where the agency will be sharing highlights from the report. Please share MOHS' posts with the hashtag #PuttingHousingFirst to share the news. 
Baltimore City's Eviction Prevention Program
Baltimore City will launch a $30 Million Eviction Prevention Program later this month to keep struggling Baltimoreans housed as the pandemic continues to threaten low-income households' ability to meet their basic needs. The program will be administered by the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success (MOCFS) through its CAP centers and is open to everyone regardless of immigration status. Applicants must meet the income eligibility criteria. Additional information is forthcoming. Prospective applicants can learn more about the application process at bmorechildren.com.
Baltimore City to Move Fully into Phase 2 of its Reopening
Plan on September 8 at 5:00PM. 
Mayor Young announced yesterday that Baltimore City will fully move into phase 2 of its reopening plan on Tuesday, September 8 at 5 p.m.  The Mayor disclosed earlier this week during a press conference that Baltimore City would not be moving into Phase 3 of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan because it is not ready. 
This announcement was made in response to Gov. Larry Hogan's statewide Stage 3 reopening plan, which went into effect yesterday at 5:00pm.
Visit 
coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov for more information on phase 2 and Baltimore City's reopening plan. 
State & National COVID-19 Updates
Maryland Begins Stage Three. 
Governor Hogan announced on September 1 that Maryland will begin to move into Stage Three of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’  with additional safe and graduate reopening. Stage Three began yesterday and will be implemented in multiple phases with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopening. Read the full Executive Order here
Maryland PSC Prohibits Utility Shut-Offs through November 15
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the moratorium on terminating residential gas, water, and electric services until Nov. 15. Under this extension, utility termination notices should not be sent before 10/1/2020. Click here to learn more.
 
CDC Eviction Moratorium 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary national moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The moratorium went into effect yesterday and halts residential evictions for individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 until December 31, 2020. Please note that the CDC's moratorium does not cancel tenants' responsibility to pay rent. The following groups of people qualify for protection based on their incomes:
  • Individuals who will earn $99,000 or less this year ($198,000 for couples who file jointly).
  • People who received stimulus checks under the CARES Act earlier this year.
  • People who did not have to report any income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2019 because of low earnings.
Click here to learn more about protections and steps struggling renters can 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
National Resources 
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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:
  • 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

Housing Inspection RFP

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS), on behalf of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, announces a Solicitation for Housing Quality Standard (HQS) Inspection Services. Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs, clients are placed in affordable housing units that require HQS Inspections both before occupancy and throughout the duration of tenancy while receiving financial assistance through these Programs. Selected applicants will receive an award between $100,000.00 to $400,000.00, depending on the Project type.

 

Applicants may sign up to participate in the HQS Inspection Services Conference on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST.


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
 

The submission deadline is Friday, October 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST. Submissions must be in PDF format and emailed to mohs.hsp.application@baltimorecity.govLate or hand delivered submissions will not be considered.

More information and application materials can be found here.
YHDP—Crisis Bridge Housing RFP
Deadline Approaching! The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is seeking proposals for the Crisis Bridge Housing, a transitional housing project funded through Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).  

The proposed projects should serve Youth and Young Adults (YYA) at-risk of and experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City, including YYA who are pregnant and/or caring for one or more children. 

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) and resources for applicants can be found here. 

Submission Requirements and Deadline
Applicants must submit (1) electronic copy of the application and all required supporting documents to mohs.hsp.application@baltimorecity.gov by 4pm on September 18, 2020. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted. Budgets must be submitted in Excel format. Applications submitted after the published deadline will not be reviewed for funding. 

Frequently Asked Questions—Crisis Bridge Housing 

Read the FAQs

Crisis Bridge Housing RFP Office Hours

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 12:00pm 

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) will be hosting virtual office hours for the Crisis Bridge Housing on Wednesday, September 9 at 12:00pm. Meeting information, including the link and call numbers for the office hours will be available on the RFP's page
General Updates and Announcements 

Save the Date! 
Continuum of Care's (CoC) Quarterly Member Meeting

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Click to Register
CoC Action Committees
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
Committee Interest Form

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

Free Legal Advice for Utility Bills & Service Opportunity

Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center is providing free, remote legal advice for high or overdue utility bills. Call 443-703-3052 to register for an appointment. The organization is also seeking attorneys interested in volunteering with its Utility Bills Clinics, which are vital to keeping people housed during COVID-19. Email Aharris@probonomd.org if interested. Free training and mentorship will be provided.

Economic Impact Payment & Homelessness FAQs

Economic Impact Payment: Important Links

People who have no income or low-income and those who aren't required to file a tax return can register for a payment through the free Non-Filers tool by October 15. This tool is available ONLY on IRS.gov. Click here to check if you need to file a Tax Return.

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.

Registration Open for SVP Head Start Online Program
Registration is open for Saint Vincent De Paul Online Head Start Program. The program includes an assigned tablet for each enrolled scholar, enrollment into the free "Meals Club" food program, and more. Visit headstartbaltimore.org to register and learn more.
Census 2020 & Homelessness 
Employment Opportunities 
If you are a partner or service provider and are currently hiring, please reach out to us at eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org to promote your job opening(s). 
Learning Opportunities 
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.
Join Health Care for the Homelessness on Thursday, September 17 at 1:30pm  for its next Community of Practice on Homelessness.

Topic: Addressing Housing Inequities, Race, and Health.
Panelists: 
Baltimore City Council President, Brandon Scott, and Public Justice Center Attorney, Charisse Lue.
Moderator: Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless.


Community of Practice conversations are designed to equip local stakeholders with tools to address disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and build strategic alliances helpful in creating sustainable solutions for ending homelessness.
Learn More & Register
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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eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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