Baltimore City, MD

July 24, 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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In This Issue
  • Public Notice: Substantial Amendment to Annual Action Plan  
  • Crisis Bridge Housing RFP
  • Local Covid-19  News & Updates
  • State & National Covid-19 Updates
  • COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Provider FAQ
  • General Funding Opportunities & Financial Resources 
  • General Updates and Announcements
  • Employment Opportunities 
Public Notice
Substantial Amendment to Baltimore City Annual Action Plan for Local Fiscal Year 2020 / Federal Fiscal Year 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is proposing, in accordance with regulations governing the consolidated planning process, a second amendment to the Annual Action Plan for Local Fiscal Year 2020/Federal Fiscal Year 2019. This amendment is related to the use of special Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funds allocated to the City through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136. Read the full amendment here.

Public comment period for this amendment ends on July 31, 2020. Comments and questions related to the amendment should be e-mailed directly to Paroma Nandi at
Crisis Bridge Housing RFP

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is seeking proposals for
the Crisis Bridge Housing Project, a transitional housing project funded through Baltimore City
 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). This funding is part of a transformation grant awarded to the City by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop and implement comprehensive and innovative strategies to end homelessness among youth and young adults.

The proposed projects should serve Youth and Young Adults (YYA) at-risk of and experiencing homelessness, including YYA who are pregnant and/or caring for one or more children. 

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) and resources for applicants are available here. 

All projects must align with the vision, guiding principles, goals, objectives, and action steps of the Coordinated Community Plan (CCP) to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Baltimore City. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to review the CCP and accompanying information carefully. If selected for funding, projects will be required to begin operating before December 31, 2020.

Submission Requirements
Applicants must submit (1) electronic copy of the application and all required supporting documents to by 4pm on September 18, 2020. No paper or faxed applications will be accepted. Budgets must be submitted in Excel format. Applications submitted after the published deadline will not be reviewed for funding. 

Application TA Webinar
A technical assistance webinar will be help on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET. This webinar will cover eligible projects and application requirements. Prospective applicants interested in participating in the webinar can register here.

Local COVID-19 News & Updates
For the latest developments on COVID‑19, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website. 

The Journey Home, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS), continues to work closely with health authorities and other key stakeholders to develop and implement community-based solutions in response to COVID-19. More information about our emergency response plan and resources for service providers and people at risk of or experiencing homelessness are available on the Journey Home's COVID-19's webpage. 
Eviction Prevention Resources
Free legal resources are available for renters facing eviction action in Baltimore City. Click here to learn more.
Face Covering Health Order
Beginning today at 5pm ET, every person over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face-cloth covering while out in public in Baltimore City.
State & National COVID-19 Updates
As of today, 81,766 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 10,001 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. 

FREE COVID-19 Testing Available in Maryland
Maryland continues to offer free testing for those with or without symptoms of COVID-19. While appointments are strongly encouraged, walk-in testing will be offered as availability permits. Click here to locate a site near you. Patients are encouraged to contact the site where they plan to be tested to learn about appointment procedures, accessibility services, and other scheduling requirements. Sites managed by the Maryland Department of Health will provide Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and other services upon request.

Out of Reach Report
On July 14, NLIHC released
 Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing 2020. The report compares rents and wages nationally and in every state, country, and metropolitan area in the United States. Out of Reach 2020 shows that millions of workers were already struggling to afford housing before the onset of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis.
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 July 24, 2020. You can access the list of existing resources here.

Local Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
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

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
General Funding Opportunities and Financial

Resources for Individuals and

Businesses impacted by COVID-19
General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources 
 here to access a list of general funding opportunities and financial resources for service providers, individuals, and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This document is updated frequently. 
IRS Non-Filers Tool
USPS Change of Address Form
IRS Get My Payment Tool 
Opening an Bank Account During COVID-19
General Updates & Announcements
Code Red Extreme Heat Alert 
Temperatures are expected to rise in Baltimore City throughout the summer, and extreme heat can be particularly dangerous for our unhoused neighbors. The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert during periods of heat that are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore residents. Call 311 if you or someone you know are in need of heat relief information on Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days. Calling cooling centers prior to visiting them is strongly encouraged. Learn more.
Housing and Employment Resources for Homeless Veterans
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.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 7/24/20)
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
Food Resources for Baltimore City Residents and their Families
Locate a FREE food site in your neighborhood. City-supported food sites remain open for Baltimoreans facing food insecurity during
COVID-19. No ID or proof of income is required. These sites supplement the existing food pantry network. To find a food pantry near you, call 2-1-1. 
En español
Comida GRATIS para los que se enfrentan a la inseguridad alimentaria durante COVID-19.
No se requiere identificación o prueba de ingresos. Estos sitios complementan la red de despensa de alimentos existente. Para encontrar una despensa de alimentos cerca de usted, llame al 2-1-1. 
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's 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. 

The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is Hiring
MOHS is seeking compassionate and data-driven individuals who are eager to use their qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and expertise to inform policies and support the City's efforts to prevent and end homelessness among Baltimoreans. Learn more and apply.
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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