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May 1, 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
  • Other Funding Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Announcements
Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan
MOHS' Emergency Response Plan Updates
A summary of MOHS' updated response plan is available here. MOHS continues to deploy new and unprecedented resources in coordination with homeless service providers, health officials, and public and private agencies to support and protect Baltimoreans who are experiencing homelessness. 

Cases of COVID-19 in our Community 
Last Friday, we announced that MOHS has partnered with public and private agencies to facilitate the rapid testing and isolation of 123 WHRC's residents and staff. 7 of these individuals tested positive for COVID-19 and 116 were negative. As of today, 39 people experiencing homelessness in our community have tested positive for COVID-19, including 28 individuals from Baltimore Station and 11 individuals from the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (WHRC). Please note that among those who tested positive, most did not have symptoms related to COVID-19. The low number of positive cases reveal that the spread of the virus can be limited if we respond quickly to identified outbreaks. MOHS will continue to work closely with service providers, health officials, and public and private agencies to prevent and respond to infections. 

General Updates 
As of today, 23,472 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 2162 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. 
COVID-19 Resources   
Below is a list of new and existing resources for homeless service providers and the Baltimore City community. Please note that this is a rapidly evolving issue and information presented here is current as of April 24, 2020 and may be updated as community planning and needs evolve. 

Recommendations, Guidance, and Resources

Communications Materials

Additional resources are available on the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' COVID Webpage. For the latest developments on COVID‑19, visit the newly launched Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website.
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 jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov
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 thrilled to announce a Request for Proposals for Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). This funding is part of a grant awarded to the City by HUD to develop and implement comprehensive and innovative strategies to end homelessness among youth and young adults. Grantees will implement projects that will advance the goals and aims of the Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. Therefore, 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.  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 via to HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov. 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.

Other Funding Opportunities 
General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources 
Click
 here to access general funding resources as well as resources focusing on COVID-19 and homelessness. This document is updated frequently. 
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 in shelters by opening additional emergency shelter sites to relocate existing shelter residents and allow for social distancing in accordance with CDC best practices. Hiring additional staff members is of paramount importance for the success of this strategy. Below are new contract positions managed by the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services. 
  • Case Manager - APPLY HERE
    • The Case Manager role will be supporting MOHS’ efforts to provide on-going support to homeless citizens over the age of 62 moved into these designated sites. The Case Manager provides direct management services including identifying and coordinating community resources. The Case Manager provides a variety of individual and/or group supportive services that address both short-term and long-term client needs.
  • Shelter Monitor - APPLY HERE
    • The Shelter Monitor will be responsible for providing a safe and orderly environment at the site. During your shift, you will be responsible for enforcing program rules and regulations, performing intake process and log entries, addressing client behavior issues and conflict resolution, and maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the site. 
Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Announcements 
Accessing DSS Public Benefits During COVID-19 (information current as of 4/24/20)
This website provides important information and updates on service modifications at the Department of Social Services and access to public benefits during COVID-19.  Individuals may call the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) for free legal information.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 4/24/20)
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.

Grab and Go Food Distribution Sites 
Baltimore City is providing grab-n-go meals to all Baltimore children and youth through April 26. All meal sites and additional information can be found here.
MOHS in The News
The following are some of the news stories MOHS recently 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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