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      Baltimore City | December 15, 2020
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • General Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Recent Housing Media Coverage & Tools
  • Make a Difference this Holiday Season 
General Updates and Announcements 
Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, December 17 at 1:15 PM and join us virtually as we celebrate the lives of those with lived experience of homelessness who passed away in 2020. RSVP here: bit.ly/2020_HPMD

Register Now
Save the Date!
Continue to Care Care-a-Thon
Please kindly mark your calendar for Friday, April 23, 2021 for the Journey Home Care-a-Thon. Led by Baltimore City Continuum of Care, this fundraiser event will provide participants with a plethora of fun activities, resources, and learning opportunities. More details will be forthcoming. 

 
We missed you!
Did you miss the latest CoC Board Meeting? No worries! meeting materials are available here.
Winter Shelter
Help spread the word! From October 15, 2020 to April 1, 2021, the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) will provide emergency shelter to all people experiencing homelessness on nights when the temperature with wind chill reaches freezing (32 degrees and below). Call the new Shelter Hotline at 443-984-9540 to be connected to shelter and transportation assistance. 
People seeking shelter after 9:00PM should contact service providers directly. Families with children under the age of 18 can access shelter by calling 443-717-2923 or 443-717-2923. Click here to learn more about winter shelter. 
Rapid Re-Housing 
As part of its response to COVID-19, MOHS is committed to ensuring that households currently experiencing homelessness quickly return to housing stability. Funding is available to provide those in need with a security deposit and up to 18 months of continued rental assistance. Eligible households are strongly encouraged to work with their case manager and start the rehousing process as soon as possible. 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 found here.  A chart of the CoC structure is available here. 
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 (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.

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 Kristin@generosityglobal.org
COVID-19 Resources
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
New National Resources
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Events & Learning Opportunities 
COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Vaccines for Clients and Staff
Friday, December 18 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET 
As vaccine distribution nears, there are still many questions about how people experiencing homelessness and the staff who serve them will receive vaccines. This webinar will identify the main challenges to vaccinations, the strategies needed to ensure a successful vaccination campaign, and the immediate action steps for providers to consider.
Register for this Webinar
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)
Join the Dec. 18th Office Hours
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! 
Media Coverage
 
Tools
Make a Difference this Holiday Season!
Do you want to make a difference this holiday season? 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

Have Something to Share? Send it to Us!
eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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