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      Baltimore City | August 10, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • National Updates & Announcements
  • Local Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
National Updates & Announcements 
CDC has Issued a New Moratorium on Eviction 
The CDC has issued a new Moratorium on Evictions for counties with substantial or high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. As of today, Baltimore City qualifies for the new order, which is set to expire on October 3. Below are resources for renters and landlords. 
Child Tax Credit
Thanks to the Advance Child Tax Credit, working families with children, including working families experiencing homelessness are now receiving automatic monthly payments. Here is what you need to know. 
  • Eligible households will receive monthly payments of  $300 per child under age 6 and $250 per child between the ages of 6 and 17. Payments began on July 15, 2021.
  • If you’ve filed a tax return for 2019 or 2020 or signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. 
  • If you didn’t earn enough to file a tax return for 2020 or 2019, you can still get these payments. You must sign up here. 
  • People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail around the same time. 
Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income and will not affect your eligibility and access to government benefits, including SNAPS, SSI, WIC, or TANF.  More information about the Child Tax Credit and how people who are experiencing homelessness can claim this benefit can be found here.
Local Updates & Announcements

New Baltimore City Health Order

All Baltimore City residents and guests are now required to wear face coverings when indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Learn more.

Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and Baltimore City's Continuum of Care (CoC) worked together to assess our community's current housing needs and develop an equitable system to administer the 278 vouchers awarded to the City

through the American Rescue Plan. As part of this process, 5 eligible household types have been identified as priority populations. 

Initial referrals for EHVs will be made to HABC by August 15, 2021—with the goal of allocating all 278 vouchers by December 31, 2021. To determine eligibility for EHVs and other City-funded housing programs, potential clients must complete a Coordinated Access packet. For more information on eligibility, details can be found here.
Code Red Issued for Baltimore City for Today through Friday, August 13th 

A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is issued by the Health Commissioner when the forecasted heat index, a measure of air temperature and relative humidity that indicates how hot it feels outside, is greater than or equal to 105ºF. 
Details about cooling centers, water distribution, and other resources for neighbors experiencing homelessness can be found here. Don't forget to follow @BaltimoreMOHS and @bmore_healthy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for details about cooling centers and water distribution to neighbors experiencing homelessness on Code Red days.
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 Action Committees can be found here.  A chart of the CoC's structure is available here. 

CoC Members interested in participating in ongoing conversations about the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program can email Paroma Nandi at paroma.nandi@baltimorecity.gov
 
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 weekly on Fridays from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and is open to anyone with current or past lived experience of homelessness.
Location
725 Fallsway, RM 121 (Our Daily Bread)
Learn more about the LEAC:
bit.ly/BmoreLEAC
FREE Shower Services
Generosity Showers are Back! The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services is partnering with Generosity Global to provide those in need with shower services at the dates and location listed below.
When: 9AM-1PM | Monday-Friday & 2nd Saturday of every month.
Where : 407 E Saratoga St Baltimore, MD 21201
Under the Jones Fall Express Way (near Health Care for the Homeless)

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.

COVID-19 Resources
Below is a collation of 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 Resources
National Resources

NAEH
Events & Learning Opportunities 

NLIHC— ERASE Webinar Series for Emergency Rental Assistance Program Stakeholders 
 

  • Connecting Emergency Rental Assistance to Courts and Tenant Protections—August 11 (3 – 4:30 pm ET)

Emergency rental assistance (ERA) program administrators, state and local partners, and community stakeholders will learn more about best practices for ensuring that ERA reaches households experiencing the worst impacts of the pandemic—including households of color, people with disabilities, and immigrant communities—in time to prevent housing loss and eviction.

RSVP Here
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) and Homelessness Diversion
RSVP Now

Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness  (Webinar Series) RSVP for all topics here.

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  • Connecting Housing Resources and Supportive Services (TBD)
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) bi-weekly on Fridays from 2:30 - 4:00 PM EDT for Office Hours on COVID-19 planning and response. Representatives from the following federal agencies and their partners will be available to answer your questions:
  • 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)
Previous Office Hours recordings and slides can be found here. 
 
Learn More about Upcoming Office Hours
What we are reading
Employment Opportunities 
Ways to help
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 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

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eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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