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      Baltimore City | April 6, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
Updates and Announcements 
HUD Announces $693 Million for National Housing Trust Fund to Build Deeply Affordable Housing
Today, HUD announced the allocation of $689,565,492.92 through the nation’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for affordable housing. This year’s allocation is a significant increase in funding from last year’s allocation of $322,564,267.66. The HTF is a dedicated resource for building, rehabilitating, and preserving affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes. Click here to learn more.
Vaccine Rollout for Baltimoreans experiencing homelessness 
The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and partners – Baltimore City Health Department and Health Care for the Homeless – continue to host mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for neighbors experiencing homelessness and service providers. Second dose clinics have begun. If you received the first dose of the vaccine at one of the mobile clinics, please be sure to check your vaccine card for details of your second dose appointment.
Housing Updates from MOHS

This year, 146 Rapid Rehousing offers have been accepted – and 21 individuals have moved in so far! An additional 69 permanent supportive housing offers were made in March 2021. Congratulations to our neighbors on their Journey Home! 

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
FREE Shower Services
Generosity Shower is 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)
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.
Youth REACH MD Modified Youth Count
A Modified Count of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness is taking place now through April 2021. The Youth REACH MD Modified Count is a reimagined Youth Count that will take place entirely online. The survey is available in Spanish and English and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Youth will receive a $10 electronic gift card via email for participating in the survey. Organizations interested in participating in the count can reach out to Katie Yorick at Katie.Yorick@baltimorecity.gov
 
Learn more

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
New National Resources
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Events & Learning Opportunities 
The Journey Home Care-A-Thon
Only 16 Days left! 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 range of activities, including interviews with local celebrities, live music, and a closing dance party. 

Why this event matters
While the fundraiser will enable us to come together and enjoy the aforementioned activities, we must not lose sight of its purpose. As we recover from a pandemic that made it clear that housing is safety and health care, the next normal calls us to show up for our unhoused neighbors as never before. This means educating ourselves, doubling down on our investments in compassionate, long-term solutions to housing, and advancing policies and programmatic changes that will address our community’s housing crisis with a race equity lens.

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.


Now, here is the most important question: Will you step up for our unhoused neighbors?
 
Yes, sign me up!
Housing Justice Shirts Available:
ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO GET YOURS!
CALLING ALL HOUSING JUSTICE ADVOCATES! Show your support and spread the word about housing Justice with these comfortable, ethically made housing justice T-shirts. Now available at part of the Journey Home Care-A-Thon. Limited time only. Order by April 11th. All proceeds will be used to support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our community during the pandemic. 
 
Get Housing Justice Shirts
Events & Learning Opportunities 
On APRIL 22, please join Lieutenant Colonel Monique Brown, Councilman John Bullock, PhD, Associate Professor at Morgan State University Dr. Kevin Daniels, PhD, DMin, MSW (Lic.) and Open Society Institute Director Danielle Torain for our upcoming Community of Practice on Homelessness conversation. Participants will include a cross-section of faith and community-based, education, business, health care, government, law enforcement and philanthropic leaders. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless. Register here.
Financial Checking & Savings Accounts for HUD-Assisted Residents Webinar – April 6, 2021 – 2:00 PM EDT

*This webinar will focus on financial checking and savings accounts for HUD-assisted residents.

HUD's Strong Families Initiative is hosting a weekly webinar series every Tuesday in April, Financial Capabilities Month. Each webinar will feature a panel of experts providing informational sessions on how to help HUD-assisted families access and manage their American Rescue Plan economic impact payments.

Call-in Information:
The conference begins at 2:00 PM EDT on April 6, 2021. Attendees may join the conference 10 minutes prior.

Option 1: Dial into the conference.
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694
Access Code: 5289319#

Option 2: Join the conference on your computer.
Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/838000
When you access the entry link above, you will be provided a choice to install the WebEx plug-in for your preferred browser or to join the web conference using a temporary path. Either option is acceptable.

Need technical assistance?
Audio Connection: 1-888-796-6118
WebEx Connection: 1-888-793-6118

How are Landlords Managing the COVID-19 Rental Crisis? Evidence from a Large Cross-Site Survey
Friday, April 23 | 12:15 PM
This webinar will focus on the magnitude of the housing crisis during COVID-19. Participants will learn more about the steps landlords have been taking in response to loss of income and their willingness to participate in public and non-profit rental assistance programs. Register here.
Ensuring Homeless Students’ Access to Meals Through P-EBT
April 13 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Join SchoolHouse Connection and the Food Research & Action Center to discuss strategies states and school districts can implement to ensure students facing homelessness receive the Pandemic-EBT benefit. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Families and youth receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. 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)
Register for April 9th 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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