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      Baltimore City | April 20, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
Updates and Announcements 
USDA Boosts Food Assistance for Homeless Young Adults Seeking Refuge in Shelters
Homeless young adults under the age of 25 are now able to receive meals at emergency shelters participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CAFCP). The announcement was made on April 19 by The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Under normal circumstances, USDA only reimburses shelters for meals served to children who are 18 or younger. This change is part of the American Rescue Plan, which expanded several nutrition assistance programs to reach the most vulnerable populations experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic, including homeless young adults. Click here for more information and to learn more about the Implementation Guidance for state agencies on reimbursement for meals and snacks served to young adults in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). 
HUD Announces $5 to Adresss Homelessness by Increasing the Supply of Affordable Housing
HUD's Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced earlier this month the allocation of nearly $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to help communities across the country increase the supply of affordable housing and services for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. This supplemental funding is allocated through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to 651 grantees, including states, insular areas, and local governments. A full list of recipients can fe found here.
CoC, ESG, and HOPWA Waivers
On March 31, HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued a Memorandum updating waivers to HUD homelessness program regulations in the context of coronavirus. Ten waivers are related to to the Continuum of Care (CoC) program, three to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and one to the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. 
CoC Board
The Journey Home Continuum of Care is excited to announce the addition of our new and returning Board members:


Koumba Yasin
Eric Turonis
Thomas Akras
Christine Harris
Harrison Misewicz
Dr. Raymond Terry
Jeffrey Garret
Sonce Reese
Janice Miller
Ciera Dunlap
Dan McCarthy
 
With extensive leadership experience, the CoC Board brings unique expertise to assist our community goal of ending homelessness. A full list of Board members can be found on our website. New Board Members will be officially at the next CoC meeting on June 10th.
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. 
 
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)
Youth REACH MD Modified Youth Count
A Modified Count of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness is taking place now through April 2021. The Youth REACH MD Modified Count is a reimagined Youth Count that will take place entirely online. The survey is available in Spanish and English and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Youth will receive a $10 electronic gift card via email for participating in the survey. Organizations interested in participating in the count can reach out to Katie Yorick at Katie.Yorick@baltimorecity.gov
 
Learn more

DSS Benefit Calculator for TDAP, SNAP, and TCA during COVID

Click here to hear more about how TDAP, SNAP, and TCA are calculated during COVID-19. This information is current as of April 12, 2021.

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 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
Events & Learning Opportunities 
The Journey Home Care-A-Thon
Only 2 Days Away! Join us virtually this Friday for 12 hours of Baltimore culture and community engagement. Guests will learn more about homelessness in Baltimore City and enjoy a wide range of activities, including interviews with local celebrities, live music, and a closing dance party. 

Why this event matters
While the fundraiser will enable us to come together and enjoy the aforementioned activities, we must not lose sight of its purpose. As we recover from a pandemic that made it clear that housing is safety and health care, the next normal calls us to show up for our unhoused neighbors like never before. This means educating ourselves, doubling down on our investments in compassionate, long-term solutions to housing, and advancing policies and programmatic changes that will address our community’s housing crisis with a race equity lens.

Funds raised from this event will be used to support people experiencing homelessness in our community. 

 
Yes, sign me up!
Confirmed Guests & Speakers

Confirmed guests and speakers include Mayor Brandon Scott, Wes Moore, Angel St. St, and Anthony Williams. Check out our latest confirmed guests and speakers.

Registered attendees should have received an email yesterday with more information about how to redeem their ticket(s). May you have a question about your registration, please email eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will be used to support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our community during the pandemic. 
 
Tickets
Events & Learning Opportunities 
On APRIL 22, please join Lieutenant Colonel Monique Brown, Councilman John Bullock, PhD, Associate Professor at Morgan State University Dr. Kevin Daniels, PhD, DMin, MSW (Lic.) and Open Society Institute Director Danielle Torain for our upcoming Community of Practice on Homelessness conversation. Participants will include a cross-section of faith and community-based, education, business, health care, government, law enforcement and philanthropic leaders. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless. Register 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)
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

Have Something to Share? Send it to Us!
eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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