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Baltimore City, MD

August 7, 2020
Visit our COVID19 Webpage for COVID19-Related Information & Resources.
En español: Visita nuestra página web de COVID19 para información y recursos relacionados con COVID19.
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In This Issue
  • Local Covid-19 Updates
  • State & National Covid-19 Updates
  • COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Crisis Bridge Housing RFP
  • Provider Spotlight
  • General Updates and Announcements
  • Employment Opportunities 
Local COVID-19 Updates
Emergency Plan for People Experiencing Homelessness
The Journey Home, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS), continues to work closely with health authorities and other key stakeholders to develop and implement community-based measures to protect people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. More information on past and ongoing efforts can be found on the Journey Home's
 COVID-19's webpage. 

Partial Reopening of Restaurants and Bars for Indoor and Outdoor Dining and Gatherings

Baltimore City is now allowing indoor dining at restaurants— at up to 25% occupancy. Occupancy limits will be lowered for certain types of facilities, including indoor recreation venues, retail establishments and malls, houses of worship, and the casino. Read the full Mayoral Executive Order.

For the latest developments on COVID‑19 in Baltimore City, please visit Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website. 
State & National COVID-19 Updates
Special Enrollment Period Extended until December 15
As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety of Marylanders,
 Maryland Health Connection has extended the special enrollment period until December 15. Uninsured Marylanders can apply for coverage here.  Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can use MD Relay by calling 711. Help is available in more than 200 languages.

Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Maryland
As of today,
93,806 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 12,239 individuals in Baltimore City. Eviction Prevention for At Risk Tenants: A Message to HUD's Program Grantees
The CARES Act Eviction Moratorium ended on July 24, 2020. HUD strongly encourages its grantees to take action to keep as many families stably housed as possible. To this end, HUD is providing the following tools to help grantees and project owners identify and engage at-risk tenants and to inform and guide tenants seeking a rent repayment plan:  Read HUD's full message here. To learn more about HUD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.hud.gov/coronavirus
COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources
Below is a collation of local, state, and national resources that may be helpful for service providers and people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Please note that the information presented herein is current as of August 7, 2020 and may change as the situation evolves. You can access a more comprehensive list of existing on our website.

Local Resources Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources
Click here to access a list of general funding opportunities and financial resources for service providers, individuals, and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This document is updated frequently. 
Ways to Help
A big THANK YOU to donors and partners who have responded to our call!  We truly appreciate your support and generosity. 

If you would like to contribute, here are a few things you can do right now to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during the pandemic. 
  • Donate: Making a monetary donation HERE or Texting “JourneyHome” to 50155 to support families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during COVID-19. 
  • Help us Spread the Word! Sharing these informational flyers with individuals experiencing homelessness and your network can make a huge difference.  
  • Promote our Donation Campaign: Use this Social Media Toolkit to help us spread the word about our donation campaign.
Individuals interested in donating resources can email Jessi Stevens at
jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov

Most needed items 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
Crisis Bridge Housing RFP

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is seeking proposals for
the Crisis Bridge Housing Project, a transitional housing project funded through Baltimore City
 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). This funding is part of a transformation grant awarded to the City by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop and implement comprehensive and innovative strategies to end homelessness among youth and young adults.

The proposed projects should serve Youth and Young Adults (YYA) at-risk of and experiencing homelessness, including YYA who are pregnant and/or caring for one or more children. 

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) and resources for applicants are available here. 


Application TA Webinar
A technical assistance webinar will be help on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET. This webinar will cover eligible projects and application requirements. Prospective applicants interested in participating in the webinar can register here.

All 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. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to review the CCP and accompanying information carefully.

Submission Requirements
Applicants must submit (1) electronic copy of the application and all required supporting documents to
mohs.hsp.application@baltimorecity.gov by 4pm on September 18, 2020. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted. Budgets must be submitted in Excel format. Applications submitted after the published deadline will not be reviewed for funding. 

Provider Spotlight
If you are a service provider/partner and are interested in being featured in future newsletters and on social media, please fill out this form
General Updates & Announcements
Joint Statement on HUD's Proposed Change to the Equal Access Rule
Last Friday, we joined the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services and the  Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs in issuing a joint statement to decry HUD’s decision to roll back its Equal Access Rule. If approved, the proposed modification would legitimize discrimination against transgender people seeking shelter. As individuals and entities working to prevent and end homelessness, it is our responsibility to ensure that every person at risk of or experiencing homelessness has equal access to the support they need without being subjectively excluded. Read the full statement.
CoC Action Committees
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 CoC Action Committees can be found here

Committee Interest form
August Shower Services & Service Opportunities 
Mayors Office of Homeless Services is partnering with Generosity Global to offer shower services and food to those in need every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the location listed below.

407 E Saratoga st Baltimore, MD 21201
Under the Jones Fall Express Way

Full Schedule for August

Volunteers are needed to assist guests and prepare hygiene kits.
Individuals interested in volunteering can sign up here. For more information, please contact 
Kristin@generosityglobal.org
Calling All Maryland-based nonprofit organizations!
MOVE Maryland is partnering with several organizations to launch an innovative and collaborative fundraising initiative! This initiative is a virtual day of wellness to move Maryland’s nonprofits forward. The event takes place on November 7, and the movement starts now! All Maryland-based nonprofits in good standing are invited to participate and use MOVE Maryland as a fundraising opportunity for their respective organization. Click here to learn more. 
Housing and Employment Resources for Homeless Veterans
Housing and employment resources are available at Sheppard Pratt for veterans experiencing homelessness. Call  410-282-5900 ext. 3333 for more information.

En español
En Sheppard Pratt hay recursos de vivienda y empleo disponibles para los veteranos sin hogar. Llame al 410-282-5900 ext. 3333 para más información.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 7/24/20)
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.

En español
Caridades Católicas de Baltimore ha lanzado una línea telefónica bilingüe de SNAP para ayudar a los necesitados con las solicitudes de SNAP. La ayuda está disponible a través de la línea telefónica bilingüe SNAP: 667-600-2291 entre 8:30 am y 5:00 pm de lunes a viernes. También hay Consejeros de Beneficios disponibles en el 867-322-6657 o en el 443-885-9707 para ayudar con beneficios adicionales. Vea el folleto para más detalles.
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.

MOED's Job Board
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. 


The Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success is Hiring 
The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success (MOCFS) is seeking a project consultant for the Homelessness Prevention initiative, a project that will be launched at the end of August 2020. The consultant will help coordinate interagency efforts around eviction prevention in Baltimore City and track data and program performance outcome measures.

The Position Description is available here.  Interested candidates should reach out to 
Katie.yorick@baltimorecity.gov.

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is Hiring
The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), is seeking to hire a Development Director based either in its Baltimore or Silver Spring offices. Click here to learn more and apply. 
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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