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      Baltimore City | February 23, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • Updates & Announcements
  • RFP CFA FY2022
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
Updates and Announcements 
Collaborative Applicant Review
CoC members and Board members are invited to sign up for a 90-minutes sessions to help evaluate the collaborative applicant's performance and participate in a discussion on Baltimore's Homeless Response System.
 
Learn More & Sign Up
Call for Nominations! CoC Board Membership

Today is the deadline to submit nominations for the following Continuum of Care's open Board Positions:

  • Homeless or Formerly Homeless Individuals: 5 positions 
    • 2 positions vacant for youth/young adults (18-24) 
    • 1 position vacant for survivor of domestic violence
  • Homeless and At-Risk of Homeless Service Providers2 positions (Eligible candidates are Employees of a funded or non-funded provider agency that primarily serves individuals or families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness) 
  • At-Large Representatives: 2 positions (Eligible candidates are individuals affiliated with agencies who do not primarily focus on homelessness but nonetheless play a critical role and provide necessary resources to address homelessness. i.e representatives of businesses and faith-based entities)
  • System Leaders: 3 positions (Eligible candidates are representatives of public and private agencies with the authority to influence multiple resources and high-level decision-making to address structural issues that impact homelessness. i.e leadership from public schools and public safety)
*Vice Chair Nomination: Please note that The Vice Chair is selected by the CoC Board. Current or new board members may be nominated by the CoC Board for this position.

A full description of the Board's responsibilities and composition is available hereA comprehensive explanation of the Continuum Board's characteristics, requirements, and functions can be found in the Baltimore City Continuum of Care Governance Charter & Bylaws.

Learn More & Access All Nominations Materials
Nomination Process
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please submit your nomination (s) TODAY. Instructions for submitting nomination(s) are provided below.
Baltimore City & MDOT MVA Partner to Help Remove a Major Barrier to Housing
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) have partnered to secure state-issued identification cards for individuals experiencing homelessness, a critical step that will enable our unhoused
neighbors to become “document ready” for housing through city housing programs.

 
Read the Full Press Release
Winter Shelter
Help spread the word! During the 2020-2021 winter season (October 15, 2020, through 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)
If you or  someone you know is in need of a place to shelter, please call the City's Coordinated Entry line at 443-984-9540 between 9:30 am-9:00 pm to be connected to shelter and transportation. People seeking shelter after 9 PM should contact service providers directly. Families with children under the age of 18 can access shelter by calling 443-717-2923 or 443-717-2896. Click on the button below to learn more about winter shelter and stay in the know. 
Learn More About Winter Shelter
Rapid Re-Housing 
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS), in partnership with the Journey Home, recently launched the Rapid Re-housing Initiative, a program that uses CARES Act funding through the Emergency Solutions Grant-CV program to provide rapid rehousing services to a minimum of 155 households experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City. Priority is given to individuals aged 50 or older and those with underlying medical conditions. 
In addition to receiving rental assistance, individuals enrolled in the Rapid Re-housing program will receive comprehensive case management services aimed at ensuring permanent housing stability. More information and further details about eligibility and available housing options can be found 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 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.
Join the YAB
Calling all #Bmore Youth with lived experience of homelessness, current and former #fosteryouth, and young allies. Join Baltimore City Youth Action Board and use your expertise to guide efforts to end youth homelessness in Baltimore City. 

Deadline: March 22, 2021
Learn More & Apply

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.

Funding Opportunity 
Consolidated Funding Application (CFC) FY2022
The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services is seeking proposals to provide services to individuals & families currently experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness, and/or living with HIV/AIDS.
Deadline: 3/26 Info session: 2/25 from 10:30AM-12:00PM

 
Learn More & Register for the Info Session
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)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Events & Learning Opportunities 
The Journey Home Care-A-Thon
Join us virtually on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 for 12 hours of Baltimore culture and community engagement. Guests will learn more about homelessness in Baltimore City and enjoy a wide rage of activities, including interviews with local celebrities, live music, and a closing dance party.  Funds raised from this event will be used to support people at imminent risk of eviction due to the pandemic and accelerate permanent housing placements for our unhoused neighbors.
 
RSVP Now
Rapid Re-Housing 101 Webinar: Recording Now Available
Did you miss our Rapid Re-Housing Webinar on February 19? No worries! You can watch the recording. Visit our Learning Corner and follow us on social media to stay in the know. 
 
CoC Learning Corner
Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021: A New Day
Register for NLIHC’s Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021: A New Day | March 30-31, 1-5 pm ET. The forum will feature keynote speakers and panels on Racial Equity, Housing Justice, the Coronavirus, and more. 
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 Feb. 26th Office Hours
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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