Baltimore City | September 18, 2020
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    In this Issue
  • Local COVID-19 Updates
  • State & National COVID-19 Updates
  • Resources
  • Ways to Help
  • Housing Inspection RFP
  • General Updates & Announcements
  • Census 2020 & Homelessness
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Recent Housing Media Coverage
Local COVID-19 Updates
MOHS Dedicates COVID-19 Relief to Permanent Housing  
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) announced earlier this month that the agency will dedicate $15.7 million in Emergency Solutions Grant COVID-19 (ESG-CV) funding to further strengthen the city’s response to growing need amid the pandemic. Read the full ESG-CV funding report here.
The agency is committing more than two-thirds of the HUD-administered funds to rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention, prioritizing housing for Baltimoreans in need. Housing first is key to MOHS’ strategy to prevent and end homelessness in Baltimore City. As we face an eviction crisis and long uphill road to economic recovery nationwide, ESG-CV funding will help MOHS and its partners to advance our shared vision of a Baltimore where everyone has a place to call home. Follow MOHS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, where the agency will be sharing highlights from the report. Please share MOHS' posts with the hashtag #PuttingHousingFirst to share the news. 
Baltimore City's Eviction Prevention Program
Baltimore City will be launching a $30 Million Eviction Prevention Program later this month to keep struggling Baltimoreans housed as the pandemic continues to threaten low-income households' ability to meet their basic needs. The program will be administered by the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success (MOCFS) through its CAP centers and is open to everyone regardless of immigration status. Applicants must meet the income eligibility criteria. Additional information is forthcoming. Prospective applicants can learn more about the application process at
State & National COVID-19 Updates
CDC Makes Changes to its Previous Guidance on Testing Protocols
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made changes to its previous guidance on testing protocols. The guidance now recommends that asymptomatic people who have come in contact with COVID-19  be tested. Learn more here.

Message from the CDC: " Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection." 
CDC's Temporary Eviction Moratorium  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a temporary national moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent  that went into effect on September 4, 2020. The moratorium halts residential evictions for individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 until December 31, 2020. Eligible renters must sign a declaration.  
To be protected by the CDC’s eviction moratorium for nonpayment of rent, qualified renters facing eviction should immediately provide a signed declaration to their landlords. Click here to check if you qualify for protection under the CDC's Eviction Moratorium and learn more about other protections available and steps struggling renters should take.

Important Resources for Baltimore City Renters 
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
National Resources 
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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

Most needed items include the following [Updated 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

Housing Inspection RFP

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is soliciting proposals to provide Housing Quality Standard (HQS) Inspection Services for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. 
Award: Between $100,000.00 and $400,000.00 (depending on the Project type)
Selected applicants will provide the following services:
  • Initial Housing/ Unit Inspections
  • Annual Housing/Unit Inspections
  • Client Complaint Inspections
  • Quality Control Inspections
  • Failed Housing/Unit Re-inspections
Submission Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST.
Submissions Instructions: Submissions must be in PDF formal and email emailed to Late or hand delivered submissions will not be considered.

Missed today's info session?
  • Click here to access the recording
  • Click here to access the slides
More Information about this RFP
General Updates and Announcements 
CoC Action Committees
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
Sign Up Now

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

Free Legal Advice for Utility Bills & Service Opportunity

Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center is providing free, remote legal advice for high or overdue utility bills. Call 443-703-3052 to register for an appointment. The organization is also seeking attorneys interested in volunteering with its Utility Bills Clinics, which are vital to keeping people housed during COVID-19. Email if interested. Free training and mentorship will be provided.

Economic Impact Payment & Homelessness FAQs
Are you experiencing homelessness and have yet to receive your Economic Impact Payment? here are some information that may be helpful to you.

Low-income individuals and people who aren't required to file a tax return can register for a payment through the free Non-Filers tool by October 15. This tool is available ONLY on Click here to check if you need to file a Tax Return.

Economic Impact Payment: Important Links

NAEH's Every One Votes Campaign
The National Alliance to End Homelessness launched a campaign to help promote voter registration and turnout among people who are experiencing homelessness. Providers can learn more and access resources here.
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.

Registration Open for SVDP's Head Start Online Program
Registration is still open for Saint Vincent De Paul's Head Start Online Program. The program includes an assigned tablet for each enrolled scholar, enrollment into the free "Meals Club" food program, and more. Visit to register and learn more.
Calling All Maryland-based nonprofit organizations!
MOVE Maryland is partnering with several organizations to launch an innovative and collaborative fundraising initiative! This initiative is a virtual day of wellness to move Maryland’s nonprofits forward. The event takes place on November 7, and the movement starts now! All Maryland-based nonprofits in good standing are invited to participate and use MOVE Maryland as a fundraising opportunity for their respective organization. Click here to learn more. 
Census 2020 & Homelessness 
This year, the Service-Based Enumeration operation will be conducted across the United States from September 22, 2020, to September 24, 2020. Service providers can play a key role to that people experiencing homelessness are counted. Click here to Learn more about the service-based enumeration. 
Events & Learning Opportunities 

Homeless Persons Representation (HPRP) 2020 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing

Register today and join Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) on September 23 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT for the 2020 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing.

Learn More & Register

Guidance on Registering Clients to Vote and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Efforts for Homeless Providers
NAEH will be hosting a webinar on September 22 from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm ET to discuss how service providers can assist clients in registering to vote. 
Register here.

Researching an End to Homelessness: Election Year Policy Ideas (College Students and Youth

This webinar is a part of the Researching an End to Homelessness: Policy Ideas for Election Year 2020 Webinar Speaker Series, which presents research-based solutions to ending homelessness developed by a list of researchers who have recently published in this area.

When: October 8, 2020 at 2:00PM ET

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
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. 
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