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Baltimore City, MD

June 19, 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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En español: Nos estamos volviendo más sociales. Síganos en los medios sociales para las últimas actualizaciones.
In This Issue
  • Local Covid-19 Updates
  • State & National Covid-19 Updates
  • COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Provider FAQ
  • Emergency Shelter RFP Addendum
  • General Funding Opportunities & Financial Resources 
  • Economic Impact Payments and Homelessness FAQ
  • Employment Opportunities 
  • Announcements
Local COVID-19 Updates
ESG-CV Funding 
Special Emergency Solutions Grants Program funds (ESG-CV) were allocated to Baltimore City by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. These supplemental ESG-CV funds, totaling $6,571,738, are to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 among individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community or receiving homeless assistance. More details on the use of these funds and how to apply is forthcoming. Baltimore City Continuum of Care (CoC) is working closely with the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and other stakeholders to develop a coordinated and efficient plan for the allocation of these funds. Read the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' (MOHS) Public Notice here. 

For questions or additional information, email journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

TRI Support Initiative
Click here to learn more about Baltimore City's TRI Support Initiative, a critical response plan that provides Triage, Respite and Isolation services to individuals with moderate or mild symptoms of COVID19 who are unable to self-isolate where they live and do not require hospitalization. Eligible individuals include people experiencing homelessness, those who live in multi-generational households or congregate settings, people facing housing insecurity, and frontline workers who wish to reduce the risk of transmission at home. For the latest developments on COVID‑19, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website.
State & National COVID-19 Updates
As of today, 63,229 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 6,906 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. You can also access Johns Hopkins COVID-19 interactive dashboard here. Please note that data for the latter resource is updated once per day after 8 p.m. EDT. 

Extension of Foreclosure Moratorium
On June 17, The Federal Housing Administration
 announced a two-month extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through August 31, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family mortgages.

Endorsement of Mortgages under Forbearance for Borrowers Affected by COVID-19 
On June 4, The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a new, temporary policy that provides guidance for lenders to obtain FHA insurance endorsement on mortgages where the borrower has requested or obtained a COVID-19 forbearance.
COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources   
Below is a list of new resources for homeless service providers and members of the Baltimore City community. Please note that COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving issue, and the information disseminated through this newsletter are current as of May 22, 2020. You can access the list of existing resources here.

New Recommendations and Guidelines

Communications Materials

Ways to Help
A big THANK YOU to all donors for stepping forward to support Baltimoreans experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. We truly appreciate your support and generosity and can't thank you enough.

If you would like to contribute and seek some ideas, below is a list of actions that can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during the pandemic. 
  • Monetary Donation: Making a monetary donation HERE or Texting “JourneyHome” to 50155 to support families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during COVID-19. 
  • Resource Sharing: Sharing these informational flyers with individuals experiencing homelessness and our network.  
  • Promoting the Donation Campaign: Using this Social Media Toolkit to spread the word about the 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
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 Baltimore City's COVID-19 Plan for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, please submit them through this form
ADDENDUM-EMERGENCY SHELTER (RFP)
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) has extended the submission deadline for the Emergency Homeless Shelter Grant RFP. The new deadline is Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.

The purpose of this grant is to provide shelter services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness within Baltimore City Continuum of Care. Applicants selected to receive this competitive grant shall operate and provide services that are aligned with the Continuum of Care's (CoC) Action Plan on homelessness and focus on the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring in Baltimore City. Organizations that have submitted a proposal in response to the previous deadline do not need to resubmit an application to be considered. Applications submitted after the published new deadline will not be considered for funding.

For more information about the RFP and the application process, please visit the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' (MOHS) Website.

Any questions related to this addendum or the RFP should be e-mailed to mohs.hsp.application@baltimorecity.gov.
General Funding Opportunities and Financial

Resources for Individuals and


Businesses impacted by COVID-19
General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources 
Click
 here to access general funding resources and financial resources for service providers and individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This document is updated frequently. 
Basic Center Program (BCP) Funding Opportunity 
The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Learn more about this discretionary grant and apply.

Deadline: 07/03/2020. 
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1800
RFP: Estimating the Prevalence and Probability of Homeless Youth 
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research will award up to $2 million for research proposals on how to estimate the prevalence of homeless youth using existing sources of administrative data like juvenile justice systems, schools, and hospitals. Learn more.

Deadline: 07/01/2020
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6400-N-59

RFP: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Service Providers
Baltimore City
Mayor's Office of Employment Development, as the administrative entity and on behalf of the Baltimore Workforce Development Board (BWDB), is soliciting competitive proposals from qualified organizations to provide (1) Occupational Skills Training to Out–of-School Youth (OSY) and/or (2) Career Pathways & Work Readiness Training to In-School Youth (ISY). Eligible OSY are between the ages of 18 and 24, while eligible ISY are graduating seniors ages 16 to 21 who earn a minimum of 21 credits or more to be eligible for graduation in May/June 2020.

Learn more and apply.

Economic Impact Payments FAQ & Resources
IRS Non-Filers Tool
USPS Change of Address Form
BankOn
IRS Get My Payment Tool 
Opening an Bank Account During 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.

MOED 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. 


Community Health Workers Needed

Baltimore Health Corps will recruit, train, and employ more than 300 residents who are currently jobless due to the pandemic to serve as contact tracers, care coordinators, and Community Health Workers. Health Corps staff will be deployed to address critical COVID-19 needs in Baltimore’s most vulnerable communities, performing three key functions: public health education outreach, contact tracing, and care coordination and social support.


Click here to learn more and apply.

En español
El Cuerpo de Salud de Baltimore reclutará, capacitará y empleará a más de 300 residentes que actualmente se encuentran desempleados debido a la pandemia para que sirvan como rastreadores de contactos, coordinadores de atención y trabajadores comunitarios de la salud. El personal del Cuerpo de Salud será desplegado para atender las necesidades críticas de COVID-19 en las comunidades más vulnerables de Baltimore, desempeñando tres funciones clave: extensión de la educación en salud pública, rastreo de contactos y coordinación de la atención y el apoyo social.

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información y solicitarla.

 
Announcements 
Continuum of Care (CoC) Member Meeting
Save the Date for the June Continuum of Care (CoC) Member Meeting.
When: Thursday, June 25th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm PDT. 


Follow the instructions below to access the meeting:
  • Click here  to register for CoC Member Meeting.
  • After registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with links and numbers that will allow them to join the webinar.
Baltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Act
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.
Accessing DSS Public Benefits During COVID-19 (information current as of 6/19/20)
In response to the global pandemic the Maryland Department of Human Services will provide all current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and new eligible applicants with the maximum benefit amount for April, May, and June. Income guidelines for eligibility still apply. Click here to learn more and access important information and updates on service modifications at the Department of Social Services and access to public benefits during COVID-19. Para el español, haga clic aquí.

SNAP Legal Help

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) just launched a statewide SNAP legal help hotline for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City who have been denied or cut-off SNAP/food stamp benefits. This includes youth facing housing instability, people doubling-up, and people staying in hotels. Individuals in need of legal help should call (800) 613-2518 for free legal information. Información en Español de SNAP aqui. Línea directa bilingüe (800) 613-2518.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 5/15/20)
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.
Food Resources for Baltimore City Residents and their Families
Grocery Boxes available for Baltimore City residents and their families. Find a location near you. More information available here.

En español
Cajas de comestibles disponibles para los residentes de la ciudad de Baltimore y sus familias. Encuentra un lugar cerca de ti. Más información.
Contact Tracing
If you receive a call about Contact Tracing from the Baltimore City Health Department or one of our partners, please take it seriously! Here is what you need to know about Contact Tracing and why it is important during a pandemic like COVID-19. 
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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