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      Baltimore City | May 4, 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 
HUD Withdraws Equal Access Rule
HUD announced on April 27 that the agency will withdraw the previous administration’s anti-transgender proposed changes to the Equal Access Rule. The previous administration’s proposed changes would have weakened protections for transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter and allow shelter providers to deny admission or access to services consistent with an individual’s gender identity. Learn more.  
HUD to Resume Public Multifamily Housing Inspections in June
Secretary Marcia Fudge
 announced on April 23 that HUD will substantially resume physical inspections for public housing and multifamily housing, beginning June 1, 2021. In consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HUD has developed detailed protocols guiding all aspects of the inspection process. Click here to read the full press release.
Education Department Announces State Allocations of $800 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
The U.S. Department of Education announced plans to
 distribute $800 million to support students experiencing homelessness under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) fund. Learn more.
Local Updates & Announcements
Mayor Scott Exploring City Purchase of Hotels to Provide Short-Term and Permanent Housing Solutions for People Experiencing Homelessness.
The City of Baltimore, under the leadership of Mayor Brandon M. Scott, is exploring purchasing hotels to provide non-congregate housing for people experiencing homelessness. In a Request for Information (RFI), the City is engaging the community to potentially purchase property that can be converted to permanent and transient housing in accordance with the strategic mission and plan of the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS). Learn more
I-83 Encampment Update 
MOHS announced last Friday that residents at the I-83 encampment have been connected to more stable housing and appropriate wrap around services. Read the full press release. 
Rapid Re-Housing Update
The safest place to be during the COVID-19 pandemic is in your own home. In January 2021, the Mayor's Office or Homeless Services (MOHS) and Baltimore’s Continuum of Care launched the updated Rapid Rehousing program, an initiative aiming to move people experiencing homelessness from congregate settings. Learn more about the program from Tisha S. Edwards, Acting Director of MOHS. 
CoC Board
In case you missed it: Please join us in welcoming the following CoC new and returning Board members:


Koumba Yasin
Eric Turonis
Thomas Akras
Christine Harris
Harrison Misewicz
Dr. Raymond Terry
Jeffrey Garret
Sonce Reese
Janice Miller
Ciera Dunlap
Dan McCarthy
 
A full list of Board members can be found on our website. New Board Members will be officially at the next CoC meeting on June 10th. More information is forthcoming. 
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. 
 
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.
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 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 & Partner Resources

National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Events & Learning Opportunities 
The Journey Home Care-A-Thon
Thank you for supporting the Journey Home Care-A-Thon. A modern twist on an old-school telethon, the fundraiser virtually brought together community members from all walks of life to learn more about homelessness in Baltimore City, explore ways to get involved, and raise funds to address gaps in critical needs. We are so grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to work with you.

Did you miss the opportunity to make a difference during the Care-A-thon and would like to contribute? No worries. you can make a gift here. Your donations to The Journey Home Flex Fund contribute to our mission to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Baltimore City and enable us to continue to meet people where they are and remove barriers to housing stability by addressing gaps in critical needs.


Looking for the event's recording? you can catch up or rewatch the event here.
Events & Learning Opportunities 
Join CSH on May 5thfor a timely conversation on converting hotels or motels into permanent housing. Registration is required. Register here.
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)
Learn More
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

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