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      Baltimore City | December 1, 2020
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • General Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Training
  • Recent Housing Media Coverage
  • Ways to Help 
General Updates and Announcements 
Save the Date!
Continuum of Care Virtual Board Meeting
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
AGENDA
Click to Join Meeting
Join by Phone: +13017158592 Passcode: 91743404870# 

Non-Board members interested in participating in the public comment section must sign up here by December 3rd at 12:00pm. Please note that all participants' microphones must be muted upon joining the meeting and must remain on mute throughout the meeting—except when speaking.
Winter Shelter
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services has issued a winter shelter declaration for December 1st at 4 pm through December 3rd at 9 am. If you or someone you know is in need of a place to stay, call the new Shelter Hotline at 443-984-9540 to be connected to shelter and transportation assistance. People seeking shelter after 9:00PM should contact service providers directly.
Families with children under the age of 18 can access shelter by calling 443-717-2923 or 443-717-2923. Click here to learn more about winter shelter and to locate a shelter near you. 
Rapid Re-Housing 
As part of its response to COVID-19, MOHS is committed to ensuring that households currently experiencing homelessness quickly return to housing stability. Funding is available to provide those in need with a security deposit and up to 18 months of continued rental assistance. Eligible households are strongly encouraged to work with their case manager and start the rehousing process as soon as possible. Learn more here.
 
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 CoC Action Committees can be found here.  A chart of the CoC structure is available here. 
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.

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.

FREE Shower Services for Those in Need
The Mayors Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is partnering with Generosity Global to provide those in need with shower services and food on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the location listed below.

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

Want to volunteer with this initiative? sign up here. For more information, contact Kristin@generosityglobal.org
COVID-19 Resources
Below is a collation of local, state, and national 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.

Local & State Resources
New National Resources
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Events & Learning Opportunities 
Transitional Housing & Rapid Re-housing

Please mark your calendar for December 3rd at 11:00 AM and join an important conversation on the trajectories of safety, housing stability, and resilience among IPV survivors seeking transitional and rapid re-housing models. Panelists include our very own CoC Board's Vice-chair, Janice Miller. 

Register Now
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)
Join the Dec. 4th Office Hours
National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) and National Health Care for the Homeless Council (HCH)
  • COVID-19 Learning Series  
    • Please note that Access to these courses for the first 2,500 users is underwritten by Kaiser Permanente. Once 2,500 spaces have been filled, these courses will remain available at a fee.
LIVE skills and community-building series for volunteer lawyers
Calling all volunteer lawyers interested in housing justice! Join Maryland Pro Bono Center on December 11 at 12:00PM for its litigation skills series. Participation is open to lawyers who have already accepted a pro bono commitment through a PBRC training within the past 12 months OR who commit to answer at least three legal questions for low-income Marylanders. 
Register here. 
Employment Opportunities 
In Case You Missed It! 
Recent Housing Media Coverage & Reports
Media Coverage
Reports
Ways to Help
Double your impact today and this holiday season by sponsoring an unhoused neighbor. For many in our community, staying home during the pandemic is NOT an option. You can make a difference by texting “JourneyHome” to 50155. 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:

Questions? Email Us!
Journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

Have Something to Share? Send it to Us!
eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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