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      Baltimore City | October 16, 2020
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
Visite nuestra página web de COVID-19 para más recursos e información sobre COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • General Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Voting Resources
  • RRH Request for Proposals
  • Join a CoC Action Committee
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Recent Housing Media Coverage
  • Ways to Help 
General Updates and Announcements 
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
Join Now

ACT NOW: Economic Impact Payment
Many people who are not required to file tax returns, including some people who are experiencing homelessness may still be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment. Eligible individuals must register for a payment through the free Non-Filers tool by November 21 to receive a payment this year. This tool is available ONLY on IRS.gov. Learn more and click here to check if you need to file a Tax Return.

Need assistance? 

IRS-certified volunteers can help you online at getyourrefund.org/eip
or over the phone through the 211 Economic Impact Payment Helpline (+1 844 322 3639)

Economic Impact Payment: Important Links

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)
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
National Innovation Service (NIS)
Eviction Lab 
 

Voting Resources

What's Your Plan to Vote?
Same day voter registration will be available at voting sites during early voting and on Election Day. 
Additional Resources

Request for Proposals

ESG-CV Rapid Re-housing
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is seeking proposals from eligible candidates to provide Rapid Re-housing (RRH) for Baltimoreans currently experiencing homelessness. This initiative is funded through the Emergency Solutions Grant-CV. Participants will be referred via the City's Coordinated Access System. 

 
Read the Full RFP
Deadline
Monday, October 26, 2020 | 4:00PM EDT

All applications must be submitted to HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov.
No late submissions will be accepted.

Application Workshop
An application workshop, also known as a Bidders’ Conference was held on October 6, 2020. The application workshop covered eligible projects and application requirements. 
Bidder's Conference Recording
FAQ
Have questions about this RFP? We are compiling questions and will be posting a FAQ page on the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' Website.  
Events & Learning Opportunities 
Continue to Care Web-a-thon
Please kindly mark your calendar for Friday, December 11, 2020 for the Continue to Care Web-a-thon. Led by Baltimore City Continuum of Care, this fundraiser event will provide participants with a plethora of fun activities, resources, and learning opportunities. More details will be forthcoming. 
Rock Your Socks at Home/Virtual 5K

Health Care for the Homeless will be hosting a virtual 5K to end homelessness on November 7-8, 2020. Learn more and register here.

Join Health Care for The Homeless (HCH) on Thursday, October 22nd at 1:30PM for its next Community of Practice on Homelessness. Registration is required. This conversation will be recorded, and the recording will be made available to those unable to attend. 
 
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)
Click to Join
Our Homes, Our Votes: 2020 Monthly Webinar Series | Third Thursdays at 3:00PM
To provide detailed information on the many facets of voter and candidate engagement efforts, NLIHC is offering a series of webinars for 15 months through November of 2020. These discussions will feature experts and advocates with frontline experience in election efforts. 
Register Now

SNAPS COVID-19 Webinar: Best Practices for Serving Populations with High Acuity Needs - October 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
This webinar will set up definitions around acuity levels and discuss how to provide services for people with different levels of acuity in Rapid Rehousing. Topics covered will include case management mixes and ratios, use of evidence-based practices, and considerations for coordinated entry system processes and prioritization.

Participants do not need to register in advance. It is strongly recommended to join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time (12:45 PM EDT).

Join Webinar
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.
Employment Opportunities 
In Case You Missed It! 
Recent Housing Media Coverage & Reports
Media Coverage
Reports
Ways to Help
COVID-19 means that more people are relying on our services to meet their basic needs. We are committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of our community and are inspired by community members who have reached out to ask how they can help. If you would like to contribute, here are a few things you can do right now. 
  • Help us protect our unhoused neighbors! Share these flyers with your network and/or people experiencing homelessness to educate them about COVID and Homelessness.
  • Donate HERE or Text “JourneyHome” to 50155 to support people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during the pandemic.
  • Use this Social Media Toolkit  to help promote our Donation Campaign
Individuals interested in donating resources can email Jessi Stevens at
jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov

Most needed items include the following [Winter List]:
  • 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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