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In this Issue
National Updates & Announcements
Local Updates & Announcements
Events & Learning Opportunities
Ways to help
National Updates & Announcements
Biden Administration Proposes $318 Billion for Affordable Housing in American Jobs Plan The Biden-Harris Administration is proposing a bold investment in America’s housing and community infrastructure through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The investment will make housing more affordable for working and middle-class families. The American Jobs Plan would invest nearly $150 billion in HUD programs, providing the agency with the tools and resources it needs to build and modernize millions of affordable and sustainable places to live and revitalize communities nationwide. Learn more.
Local Updates & Announcements
New Leadership at the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services
Last Month, Mayor Scott announced the appointment of two leaders to the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS). Beginning today, Ms. Irene Agustin will serve as the Director of MOHS and Mr. William Wells will serve as its Deputy Director. The full announcement can be found on MOHS' website.
Hotel Contracts to be Extended through September 2021
MOHS will extend hotel contracts through September 30, 2021 for the five hotels currently used to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The City is actively working to transform the shelter system and, as announced on April 21, 2021, has issued a Request for Information to explore purchasing hotels as a long-term solution for non-congregate housing. Learn more.
Amazon Donates $1M in Masks to Protect Neighbors
Experiencing Homelessness from COVID-19
On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Amazon donated $1M in masks to protect our neighbors experiencing homelessness from COVID-19. A Big THANK YOU to Amazon for the donation, MOHS for organizing the donation and pick-up event, the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center for hosting the pick-up event, volunteers, and the homeless services partners and providers for distributing the masks. Masks are still crucial in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Emergency Housing Vouchers The Journey Home Continuum of Care and the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services are very grateful to HUD and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for the allocation of 278 Emergency Housing Vouchers towards ending homelessness. Please note that guidance surrounding this new program is still being reviewed, and we are currently working on a plan to make referrals to this brand new program. A system is anticipated to be in place in a few weeks. Thank you for your patience. Stay tuned for updates!
Code Red Season to begin on June 1
Code Red season in Baltimore begins today. Code Red Extreme Heat Alert will be issued by the Health Commissioner when the forecasted heat index, a measure of air temperature and relative humidity that indicates how hot it feels outside, will be greater than or equal to 105ºF. Be sure to follow @BaltimoreMOHS and @bmore_healthy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for details about cooling centers and water distribution to neighbors experiencing homelessness on days that a Code Red Alert is issued.
Save the Dates!
Continuum of Care's (CoC) Board Meeting
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:30pm *Agenda is forthcoming
Please join us in welcoming the following CoC new and returning Board members:
Dr. Raymond Terry
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 foundhere.A chart of the CoC's structure is available here.
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.
Below is a collation of 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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
First aid kits (small)
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: