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Baltimore City, MD

May 22, 2020
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In This Issue
  • Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan  
  • State and National Updates
  • COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Tribute to Heroes
  • Provider FAQ
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program RFP
  • Emergency Shelter RFP Addendum  
  • General Funding Opportunities & Financial Resources 
  • Economic Impact Payments and Homelessness FAQ
  • Employment Opportunities 
  • Announcements
  • Spotlight LEAC
  • MOHS in the News
Updates on COVID-19 & MOHS' Plan
MOHS' Emergency Response Plan Updates
A full summary of MOHS' Emergency Response Plan for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is available hereFor the latest developments on COVID‑19, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website.

The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) continues to work closely with health authorities and other key stakeholders to develop community-based response plans to COVID-19. Ongoing efforts include identifying alternative isolation and recovery sites for vulnerable individuals who cannot care for themselves in home settings.

TRI Support Initiative
Click here to learn more about Baltimore City's TRI Support Initiative, a critical response plan that will provide Triage, Respite and Isolation services to individuals with moderate or mild symptoms of COVID19 who are unable to self-isolate where they live and do not require hospitalization. Eligible individuals include people experiencing homelessness, those who live in multi-generational households or congregate settings, immigrants, people facing housing insecurity, and frontline workers who wish to reduce the risk of transmission at home.

Emergency Rental Assistance
Last week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young committed $13 million of Community Development Block Grant-CV funds for the establishment of a temporary rental assistance program. These funds will help prevent evictions and homelessness by supporting those who have lost income due to the pandemic. 
State & National Updates
As of today, 43,431 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 4,339 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 to allow the system to pull county-level data. 

Extension of Foreclosure Moratorium
On May 14, the Federal Housing Administration
 announced an extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through June 30, 2020. This extension applies to homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family mortgages. The FHA also announced an extension of work flexibilities for lenders and appraisers.

$380 Million in Funding to Public Housing Authorities
On May 5th, HUD
 announced the allocation of $380 million in supplemental administrative fee funding to Public Housing Authorities to fight COVID-19. Funds can be used for sanitation, transportation to health units and testing, food, childcare, and medical supplies.

$100,000 for HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence Initiative
On May 4th, HUD
 announced the allocation $100,000 for HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence Initiative, noting during the announcement that the pandemic has underscored the importance of having a home.
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 May 22, 2020. You can access the list of existing resources here and on the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' COVID-19 Web page. 

New Recommendations and Guidelines

Communications Materials

Ways to Help
Below is a list of actionable ideas and practical community actions that we can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during COVID-19.
  • 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.
People interested in donating resources can email Jessi Stevens at
jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov

Items that are currently needed 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
Tribute to Heroes
BIG SHOUT-OUT to members of our very own Outreach Team for putting themselves on the frontlines— selflessly— to keep our unhoused neighbors safe and healthy. Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day and during the current pandemic. Your dedication deserves our deepest gratitude and admiration. You are heroes and deserve to be recognize as such. 
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 COVID-19 or MOHS' Plan, please submit them through this form
YHDP CALL for Proposals (RFP)

We are seeking Proposals for Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), an initiative designed to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults in the U.S. Grantees will implement projects to advance the goals and aims of the Baltimore City Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. These 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.  Applicants are encouraged to fully review the CCP Draft and accompanying information carefully. Organizations that are not currently providing homeless services but are interested in joining the movement are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications are due by 4 pm on May 29th, 2020 and should be submitted to HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov. Applications submitted after the published deadline will not be reviewed for funding. The full Request for Proposals, all required application materials, and resources for applicants are posted HERE.

Application Workshop 
You can access the slides and recording for the application workshop held on May 7th
 herePlease feel free to pass the materials along to people and organizations who may be interested.

ADDENDUM EMERGENCY SHELTER (RFP)
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) has extended the submission deadline for the Emergency Homeless Shelter Grant RFP. The new deadline is Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.

The purpose of this grant is to provide shelter services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness within Baltimore City Continuum of Care. Applicants selected to receive this competitive grant shall operate and provide services that are aligned with the Continuum of Care's (CoC) Action Plan on homelessness and focus on the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring in Baltimore City. Organizations that have submitted a proposal in response to the previous deadline do not need to resubmit an application to be considered. Applications submitted after the published new deadline will not be considered for funding.

For more information about the RFP and the application process, please visit the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services' (MOHS) Website.

Any questions related to this addendum or the RFP should be e-mail to mohs.hsp.application@baltimorecity.gov.
General Funding Opportunities and Financial

Resources for Individuals and


Businesses impacted by COVID-19
General Funding Resources & Coronavirus-Related Funding Resources 
Click
 here to access general funding resources and financial resources for service providers and individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This document is updated frequently. 
Basic Center Program (BCP) Funding Opportunity 
The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Learn more about this discretionary grant and apply.

Deadline: 07/03/2020. 
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1800
RFP: Estimating the Prevalence and Probability of Homeless Youth 
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research will award up to $2 million for research proposals on how to estimate the prevalence of homeless youth using existing sources of administrative data like juvenile justice systems, schools, and hospitals. Learn more.

Deadline: 07/01/2020
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6400-N-59

RFP: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Service Providers
Baltimore City
Mayor's Office of Employment Development, as the administrative entity and on behalf of the Baltimore Workforce Development Board (BWDB), is soliciting competitive proposals from qualified organizations to provide (1) Occupational Skills Training to Out–of-School Youth (OSY) and/or (2) Career Pathways & Work Readiness Training to In-School Youth (ISY). Eligible OSY are between the ages of 18 and 24, while eligible ISY are graduating seniors ages 16 to 21 who earn a minimum of 21 credits or more to be eligible for graduation in May/June 2020.

Learn more and apply.

Economic Impact Payments FAQ & Resources
IRS Non-Filers Tool
USPS Change of Address Form
BankOn
IRS Get My Payment Tool 
Opening an Bank Account During COVID-19
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 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. 


MOHS is Hiring!
As part of its response to COVID-19, MOHS is expanding capacity for social distancing and self-isolation by setting up alternative self-isolation and recovery sites for individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Hiring additional staff members is of paramount importance for the success of this strategy. We are hiring for the following positions and are seeking individuals who are willing to work full-time or part-time
  • Case Manager 
  • Resident Suppor Specialist 
  • Resident Support Specialist - Overnight
Click here to learn more and apply.
Announcements 
Baltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Act
Baltimore City Council approved legislation on May 11 that would
 prohibit landlords from increasing rent during the current state of emergency and for three months after it’s lifted. TheBaltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Actwould also ban landlords from charging late fees during that period.
Baltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Act
Housing and employment resources are available at Sheppard Pratt for veterans experiencing homelessness. Call  410-282-5900 ext. 3333 for more information.
Accessing DSS Public Benefits During COVID-19 (information current as of 5/22/20)
In response to the global pandemic the Maryland Department of Human Services will provide all current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and new eligible applicants with the maximum benefit amount for April, May and June. Income guidelines for eligibility still apply. Click here to learn more and access important information and updates on service modifications at the Department of Social Services and access to public benefits during COVID-19. Para el español, haga clic aquí.

SNAP Legal Help

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) just launched a statewide SNAP legal help hotline for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City who have been denied or cut-off SNAP/food stamp benefits. This includes youth facing housing instability, people doubling-up, and people staying in hotels. Individuals in need of legal help should call (800) 613-2518 for free legal information. Información en Español de SNAP aqui. Línea directa bilingüe (800) 613-2518.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 5/15/20)
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.
Food Resources for Baltimore City Residents and their Families
Grocery Boxes available for Baltimore City residents and their families. Find a location near you. More information at www.bmorechildren.com/freemeals.

Cajas de comestibles disponibles para los residentes de la ciudad de Baltimore y sus familias. Encuentra un lugar cerca de ti. Más información.
Contact Tracing
If you receive a call about Contact Tracing from the Baltimore City Health Department or one of our partners, please take it seriously! Here is what you need to know about Contact Tracing and why it is important during a pandemic like COVID-19
Spotlight
Baltimore City Lived Experience Advisory Committee (LEAD)
Leaders from Baltimore City Lived Experience Advisory Committee, Shawn Jones and Anthony Williams, recently participated in a live question and answer session hosted by HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS). The leaders discussed best practices and strategies for engaging persons with lived experience of homelessness in COVID-19 planning and response. Presentation materials have been posted on HUD's website and are available below.


Engaging Persons with Lived Experience of Homelessness in Your COVID-19 Response (HUD-May 14) 
MOHS in The News
The following are some of the news stories MOHS contributed to.
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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