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General Updates & Announcements
Events & Learning Opportunities
Recent Housing Media Coverage & Tools
Ways to help
General Updates and Announcements
Call for Nominations! CoC Board Membership
Call for Nominations! Baltimore City Continuum of Care (CoC ) is now accepting nominations for several open Board positions. Nominations must be submitted by February 23rd, 2021. Please help us spread the word by sharing the Announcement Flyer with your network.
Winter Shelter Help spread the word! A winter shelter declaration is in effect. The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) will provide emergency shelter to all people experiencing homelessness through January 14, 2021 at 9 AM and all subsequent nights when the temperature with wind chill reaches freezing (32
degrees and below).
Call the Shelter Hotline at 443-984-9540 to be connected to shelter and transportation assistance. People seeking shelter after 9 PM should contact shelters directly. Families with children under the age of 18 can access shelter by calling 443-717-2923 or 443-717-2896. Click here to learn more about winter shelter.
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS), in partnership with the Journey Home, launched the Rapid Rehousing Initiative last week. As part of this initiative, four non-profit housing providers will be helping to serve Baltimore residents in need: Associated Catholic Charities, Healthcare for the Homeless, Project PLASE, and St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. This program will use CARES Act funding through the Emergency Solutions
Grant-CV program to provide rapid rehousing services to a minimum of 155 households. This program is also being supported by several generous sponsors to provide move-in packages and furniture. Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation. Learn more here.
Exciting YHDP Updates!
This month, the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is launching four new youth-focused projects as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). All projects will focus on serving youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, experiencing homelessness.
The programs launching this month include a family-based setting diversion program, a shelter diversion program, a rapid rehousing program, and a permanent supportive housing program for unaccompanied homeless youth. Services will be provided by Springboard Community Services (family-based program), St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore (rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing) and Youth Empowered Society (diversion program). A fifth project, crisis transitional housing for youth, will launch in the next few months. 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 foundhere.A chart of the CoC's structure is available here.
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.
BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program
On January 20, BGE will launch its Energizing Small Business Grants Program as part of its $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. This is a component of BGE's comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this program, eligible businesses located in BGE's service area will have three opportunities to apply for grants of up to $20,000.
Round 1: January 20 - March 3, 2021
Round 2: May 5 - June 16, 2021
Round 3: September 1 - October 13, 2021
To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be in good standing with the state of Maryland. Learn more.
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.
Join us virtually on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 for 12 hours of Baltimore culture and community engagement. Guests will hear from people with lived experience of homelessness and enjoy a wide rage of activities, including interviews with local celebrities, live music, and a closing dance party.
Funds raised from the Journey Home Care-A-Thon will be used to support people at imminent risk of eviction due to the pandemic and accelerate permanent housing placements for individuals and familiescurrently experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City.
Join Health Care for the Homeless on January 28 at 1:30 PM for its next Community of Practice on Homelessness. Participants will include a cross-section of faith and community-based, education, business, health care, government, law enforcement, and philanthropic leaders. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless.
Join the Baltimore Children’s Cabinet Youth Homelessness work group on Thursday, January 21, for a youth-led discussion on youth homelessness in Baltimore City. Register here and help spread the word!
Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021: A New Day
Register for NLIHC’s Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021: A New Day |March 30-31, 1-5 pm ET. The forum will feature keynote speakers and panels on Racial Equity, Housing Justice, the Coronavirus, and more.
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)
Impact Speaker Series: Why Pro Bono Matter - Utility Bills
The Impact Speaker Series is a monthly 1-hour virtual lunch discussion with community organization members, volunteers, and PBRC’s project staff to discuss current events/issues and the importance of clinic projects. Each live event is recorded and later linked on this webpage for continued viewing. This program is free to all advocates. Register here.
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 email@example.com
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
First aid kits (small)
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: