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In this Issue
National Updates & Announcements
Local Updates & Announcements
Events & Learning Opportunities
Ways to help
National Updates & Announcements
CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Through July 31, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) national eviction moratorium has been extended until July 31. The moratorium was set to expire on June 30, 2021. This extension is intended to be the last one. Read the full Media Statement. The CDC's order can be found here.
Following the CDC announcement, the White House announced a number of steps to prevent evictions and foreclosures and promote housing stability. Read the Press Release to learn more about the White House's initiatives and guidance.
HUD Outlines Plan to Address Reentry Housing Needs Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) outlined its approach to addressing the housing needs of returning citizens and people with criminal records. Given the intersection of recent incarceration and homelessness, HUD strongly encourages PHAs to work with their Continuum of Care (CoC) partners to ensure that returning citizens who are at-risk of homelessness are considered for the emergency housingvouchers funded by the American Rescue Plan. Click here to learn more.
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.
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
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.
ICYMI: Materials for Latest CoC Meetings
Did you miss the latest CoC Board and Member Meetings? No Worries. You can still access the materials on our website or via the button below.
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 foundhere.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Being Smart and Strategic with Emergency Housing Vouchers Webinar
Participants will learn more about the strategies communities should implement to make the most of Emergency Housing Vouchers, including partnering with Public Housing Authorities and brainstorming priority populations. RSVP here.
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)
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 email@example.com
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
First aid kits (small)
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: