Baltimore City, MD

May 15, 2020
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In This Issue
  • Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan  
  • Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Provider FAQ
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program RFP
  • Emergency Shelter RFP Addendum  
  • Other Funding Opportunities
  • Economic Impact Payments and Homelessness FAQ
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Announcements
Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan
MOHS' Emergency Response Plan Updates
The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) continues to work closely with with local and national health authorities, public and private partners, individuals with lived experience of homelessness, and experienced service providers to develop community-based response plans to the COVID-19. This includes identifying locations where vulnerable individuals, including those people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, can recover and self-isolate. A summary of MOHS' Emergency Response Plan for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is available here.

TRI Support Initiative
The City of Baltimore, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS), Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), 
the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), Lord Baltimore Hotel, and other public and private agencies is to provide Triage, Respite and Isolation services to individuals with moderate or mild symptoms of COVID19 who are unable to self-isolate where they live and do not require hospitalization. Eligible individuals include people experiencing homelessness, those who live in multi-generational households or congregate settings, immigrants, people who facing housing insecurity, and frontline workers who wish to reduce the risk of transmission at home. As of today, Lord Baltimore Hotel has been identified as an isolation site. This site will be vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people in existing shelters and freeing up acute care beds. Read Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young's announcement.

Rental Assistance

On May 12, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young committed $13 million of Community Development Block Grant-CV funds for the establishment of a temporary rental assistance program. These funds will help prevent evictions and homelessness by supporting those who have lost income due to COVID-19. 

General Updates 
As of today, 36,986 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 3606 individuals in Baltimore City. Given testing limitations, actual case number is expected to be much higher. 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. You can also access Johns Hopkins COVID-19 interactive dashboard here. Please note that data is updated once per day after 8 p.m. EDT to allow the system to pull county-level data. 
COVID-19 Resources   
Below is a list of new resources for homeless service providers and members of the Baltimore City community. Because COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving issue, the information and resources presented are current as of May 15, 2020. You can access the list of existing resources here and on the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' COVID Webpage. For the latest developments on COVID‑19, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website.

New Recommendations and Guidelines

Communications Materials

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
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 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
YHDP CALL for Proposals (RFP)

We are seeking Proposals for Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), an initiative designed to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults in the U.S. Grantees will implement projects to advance the goals and aims of the Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. These projects must align with the vision, guiding principles, goals, objectives, and action steps of the Coordinated Community Plan (CCP) to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Baltimore City.  Applicants are encouraged to fully review the CCP Draft and accompanying information carefully. Organizations that are not currently providing homeless services but are interested in joining the movement are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications are due by 4 pm on May 29th, 2020 and should be submitted to Applications submitted after the published deadline will not be reviewed for funding. The full Request for Proposals, all required application materials, and resources for applicants are posted HERE.

Application Workshop 
You can access the slides and recording for the application workshop held on May 7th
 herePlease feel free to pass the materials along to people and organizations who may be interested.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) has extended the submission deadline for the Emergency Homeless Shelter Grant RFP. The new deadline is Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.

The purpose of this grant is to provide shelter services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness within Baltimore City Continuum of Care. Applicants selected to receive this competitive grant shall operate and provide services that are aligned with the Continuum of Care's (CoC) Action Plan on homelessness and focus on the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring in Baltimore City. Organizations that have submitted a proposal in response to the previous deadline do not need to resubmit an application to be considered. Applications submitted after the published new deadline will not be considered for funding.

For more information about the RFP and the application process, please visit the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' (MOHS) Website.

Any questions related to this addendum or the RFP should be e-mail to
Other Funding Opportunities 
General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources 
 here to access general funding resources as well as resources focusing on COVID-19 and homelessness. This document is updated frequently. 
Economic Impact Payments FAQ
IRS Non-Filers Tool
USPS Change of Address Form
IRS Get My Payment Tool 
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.

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. 

MOHS is Hiring!
As part of its response to COVID-19, MOHS is expanding capacity for social distancing and self-isolation by setting up alternative self-isolation and recovery sites for individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Hiring additional staff members is of paramount importance for the success of this strategy. We are hiring for the following positions and are seeking individuals who are willing to work full-time or part-time
  • Case Manager 
  • Resident Suppor Specialist 
  • Resident Support Specialist - Overnight
Click here to learn more and apply.

Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Baltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Act
Baltimore City Council approved legislation on May 11 that would
 prohibit landlords from increasing rent during the current state of emergency and for three months after it’s lifted. TheBaltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Actwould also ban landlords from charging late fees during that period.
Baltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Act
Housing and employment resources are available at Sheppard Pratt for veterans experiencing homelessness. Call  410-282-5900 ext. 3333 for more information.
Accessing DSS Public Benefits During COVID-19 (information current as of 5/15/20)
In response to the global pandemic the Maryland Department of Human Services will provide all current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and new eligible applicants with the maximum benefit amount for April, May and June. Income guidelines for eligibility still apply. Click here to learn more and access important information and updates on service modifications at the Department of Social Services and access to public benefits during COVID-19. Para el español, haga clic aquí.

SNAP Legal Help

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) just launched a statewide SNAP legal help hotline for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City who have been denied or cut-off SNAP/food stamp benefits. This includes youth facing housing instability, people doubling-up, and people staying in hotels. Individuals in need of legal help should call (800) 613-2518 for free legal information. Información en Español de SNAP aqui. Línea directa bilingüe (800) 613-2518.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 5/15/20)
Catholic Charities of Baltimore has launched a bilingual SNAP telephone hotline to assist those in needs with SNAP applications. Help is available through the the bilingual SNAP hotline: 667-600-2291 between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. Benefit Counselors are also available at 867-322-6657 or 443-885-9707 to assist with additional benefits. See flyer for more details.
Food Resources for Baltimore City Residents and their Families
Grocery Boxes available for Baltimore City residents and their families. Find a location near you. More information at

Cajas de comestibles disponibles para los residentes de la ciudad de Baltimore y sus familias. Encuentra un lugar cerca de ti. Más información.
Contact Tracing
If you receive a call about Contact Tracing from the Baltimore City Health Department or one of our partners, please take it seriously! Here is what you need to know about Contact Tracing and why it is important during a pandemic like COVID-19
MOHS in The News
The following are some of the news stories MOHS 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: 
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