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      Baltimore City | June 15, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • National Updates & Announcements
  • Local Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
National Updates & Announcements 
HUD Awards $1.1 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge, announced the allocation of the first tranche of the American Rescue Plan funds for Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Through this initiative, $1.1 billion - 70,000 vouchers - will be awarded to 626 public housing authorities (PHAs) administering the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The list of awards can be found here. EHV funding gives communities significant resources to assist individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, recently homeless persons, and people attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. 

Next Steps
As per HUD's guidance, Continuum of Care Programs and Public Housing Authorities must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) no later than July 31, 2021 and must work together to: 
  • Outline the partnership between the PHA and CoC 
  • Determine services that will be offered and how they will be paid for 
  • Detail prioritized populations and referral processes 
  • Delineate responsibilities and roles for the CoC and PHA
A sample of MOU can be found here.
Click to learn more about the EHV Program
Local Updates & Announcements
Update on Process to Administer 278 Emergency Housing
Vouchers

The City of Baltimore is grateful to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the allocation of 278 Emergency Housing Vouchers to combat homelessness in Baltimore. Since the May 24 announcement, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) has been in conversation with the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and Baltimore City Continuum of Care (CoC) regarding the administration of the vouchers. Please note that guidance surrounding this new program is still being reviewed and a plan is not yet in place. Referrals are not being accepted at this time. We are all committed to developing an equitable system to house our most vulnerable neighbors
experiencing homelessness. Stay tuned for updates from HABC, MOHS, and CoC in July. Thank you for your patience!
Hotel Contracts to be Extended through September 2021
MOHS will extend hotel contracts through September 30, 2021 for the five hotels currently used to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The City is actively working to transform the shelter system and, as announced on April 21, 2021, has issued a Request for Information to explore purchasing hotels as a long-term solution for non-congregate housing. Learn more.
Code Red Season Has Begun
Code Red season has begun. A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert will be 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 and water distribution to neighbors experiencing homelessness when a Code Red Alert has been issued 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.
Materials for Latest CoC Meetings
Did you miss the latest CoC Board and Member Meetings? No Worries. You can access the materials on our website or via the button below. 

 
Member Meeting Materials
Board Meeting Materials
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. 

CoC Members interested in participating in ongoing conversations about the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program can email Paroma Nandi at paroma.nandi@baltimorecity.gov
 
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)

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 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.

Resources
 
Events & Learning Opportunities 

It Works: Converting Motels and Hotels into Affordable Housing 
National Housing Conference 

Experts from across the country will discuss their motel/hotel conversion programs and share what it took politically and practically, what policy changes were needed, and what opportunities lie ahead to use additional federal resources for this purpose. 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)
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:

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Journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

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eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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