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February 2020
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UPDATES
Public Comment Now Open on YHDP Draft Plan 
Baltimore City's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program  (YHDP) Planning Committee invites public feedback on the draft of the Coordinated Community Plan to tackle the issue of homelessness among unaccompanied youth and young adults in Baltimore City. Members of the public are encouraged to submit feedback and comments from February 25, 2020 - March 10, 2020. 

Please submit all comments by email to journey.home@baltimorecity.gov
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Homeless Services Provider Fair
CALLING ALL NONPROFIT CHANGE MAKERS!!!

The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is inviting nonprofit service providers and change makers to learn about Baltimore City's vision for addressing homelessness and upcoming funding opportunities. 

REGISTER TODAY and join us on Monday, March 16th at 9:00 am for a Homeless Services Provider Fair. Participants will learn more about the following:

  • Baltimore City's Action Plan and its specific goals to prevent and end homelessness
  • MOHS' vision for change in Baltimore City
  • Upcoming funding opportunities and application processes
  • Opportunities to collaborate
  • Efforts to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults

*Organizations that are not currently providing homeless services but are interested in joining the movement are strongly encouraged to participate.

Questions? Email us at journey.home@baltimorecity.gov.

Continuum of Care (CoC) 2020 Meetings Dates

Please mark your calendar for this year's Continuum of Care (CoC) meetings. The next CoC meeting is scheduled for March 12th from 2pm to 4pm and the agenda is available here.

Meetings are scheduled quarterly on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Additional 2020 meeting dates are listed below:

June 11th: 2pm-4pm
September 10th: 2pm-4pm
December 10th: 2pm-4pm

Location: All meetings will be held at Our Daily Bread Employment Center, located at
725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. Here are the directions
 
Question(s)? Email us at
journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

Continuum of Care (CoC) Board Meeting Schedule

Quarterly Board meetings will be held on Thursdays from 2:00pm to 4:30pm and are open to the public to attend.

March 5th (Location: 1800 Washington Blvd.)
June 4th (Location: 421 Fallsway)
September 3rd
December 3rd
 
Sign-Up for Action Committees
Click here to read more about the Continuum of Care's progress on the Action Plan on Homelessness.  Members of the Continuum of Care are strongly encouraged to join the committees to help oversee the implementation of the Action Plan. Action Committees began launching in January to oversee efforts on each of the five key strategies of the Action Plan on Homelessness. More information about the Action Committees is available here.

To join a committee, email 
journey.home@baltimorecity.gov with the subject line "Action Committees". 
Census 2020: What You Need to Know
The 2020 Census will be conducted in April. 
  • The Census is important: For every person not counted, Baltimore City loses over $18,000 per person in Federal funding over a span of 10 years.  That means every person left out of the Census will reduce Baltimore’s fair share of Federal funds for essential essential programs that cover health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation.
  • The Census is easy: It should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey, which is available online, by mail, or by phone. Invitation to participate will be mailed to every resident on or between March 12-20.
  • The Census is safe: Information shared remain confidential. The US Census Bureau cannot share these information with anyone. This includes ICE, DHS, FBI, Landlords, and Public Housing Officials. 
To learn more, visit Baltimore census website or call 410-396-4900

Want to share information about the Census with your community? Please sign up here!
Youth Reach Maryland
#YouthReachMD and the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) are gearing up for a Youth Count between March 23rd and April 5th. The Count will provide a snapshot of how many Baltimore City's youth and young adults are in need of safe and reliable housing. It will also inform the city's efforts on youth homelessness. More information about the count will be provided soon. 

Learn more about Youth Reach MD at YouthREACHMD.com.
UPCOMING TRAINING
Harm Reduction For Homeless Service Providers 
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has partnered with Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore's Harm Reduction Training Institute to offer Harm Reduction training to homeless services provider staff in locations across the state.

This 3-hour workshop will explore frameworks for understanding motivations for and potential harms associated with drug use, underlying philosophy and principles central to a harm reduction approach, and examples of harm reduction in direct service and policy contexts.Training is offered at a first-come first served basis, and all CoC and service provider staff across the state are invited to attend. Lunch is not provided.Training dates, times, and locations are listed below:


Southern Maryland: Tuesday, March 3rd, 1-4PM, Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
 

Central Maryland: Thursday, April 16th, 9:30-12:30PM, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, 100 S. Charles Street, Tower II, 8th Floor, Baltimore MD 21201
 
Questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to Suzanne.Korff@maryland.gov 
SPOTLIGHT
Baltimore City's Youth Action Board 
Using their own lived experience, members of Baltimore City's Youth Action Board (YAB) are working to transform our youth homeless response system. this amazing group of advocates has been on the move, championing innovative strategies to end youth homelessness and engaging local and national policymakers. This Friday, members of the YAB will lead a discussion on youth homelessness at the National Center for Homeless Education State Coordinators Annual Meeting. Way to go BmoreYAB! 

Baltimore City's Youth Action Board is a diverse group of 11 youth and young adults with lived experience of homelessness committed to amplifying youth voices and infusing these voices into policy, planning, and decision making on youth homelessness.
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