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Baltimore City, MD

July 10, 2020
Visit our COVID19 Webpage for COVID19-Related Information & Resources.
En español: Visita nuestra página web de COVID19 para información y recursos relacionados con COVID19.
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In This Issue
  • Remembering Paul Behler
  • Local Covid-19 Updates
  • State & National Covid-19 Updates
  • COVID-19 & Homelessness Resources 
  • Ways to Support Individuals & Families Experiencing Homelessness 
  • Provider FAQ
  • General Funding Opportunities & Financial Resources 
  • General Updates and Announcements
  • Employment Opportunities 
Remembering Paul Behler
Baltimore City Continuum of Care (CoC) mourns the loss of a friend and tireless advocate, Paul Behler. A long-standing member of the CoC, Paul inspired us with his commitment to using his voice to fight for people experiencing homelessness. He was a founding member of the group Housing our Neighbors and helped launch Word on the Street, an independent Street Newspaper led by people with lived experience of homelessness. Shawn Jones, Co-Chair of the CoC's Lived Experience Advisory Committee, remember Paul as  " a friend, comrade-in-arms, and great listener who was multifaceted, intriguing, and had a wonderful and unique sense of humor." 

The circumstances that led to Paul's sudden death is a reminder that housing stability is critical to safety. Paul's death also calls our attention on why we must truly commit to end homelessness and make safe, stable, and affordable housing a reality for every Baltimorean. As Wintson Philip, Chair of the CoC pointed out, "Experiencing homelessness during a global pandemic is already a nightmare. Worrying about being murdered while experiencing homelessness during a global pandemic is just too much to take...We have make this right."


Friends and advocates are invited to celebrate Paul's life from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm on Thursday, July 16 at Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, where his memorial service will be held. 
Local COVID-19 Updates
For the latest developments on COVID‑19, please visit the Baltimore City Health Department's Coronavirus Website. 

The Journey Home, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) , continues to work closely with health authorities and other key stakeholders to develop and implement community-based solutions in response to COVID-19. Recent efforts include moving shelter residents to hotels to allow them to practice social distancing and identifying alternative isolation and recovery sites for vulnerable individuals who are unable to self-isolate in home settings and do not require hospitalization. Eligible individuals include people experiencing homelessness. Individuals interested in knowing whether they they or a family member qualify to stay at the TRI Center should call 443-984-8915, 7 days a week from 8:00am to 7:00pm.  

For questions or additional information about our emergency plan for people experiencing homelessness, email journey.home@baltimorecity.gov

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program
Baltimoreans who have lost income due to COVID-19 can now apply for a temporary rent support. Baltimore City Rental Assistance Program will support eligible renters by making rent payment directly to landlords. People in need of assistance must apply by July 13, 2020. Learn more and apply.
State & National COVID-19 Updates
As of today, 72,448 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, including 8,262 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. 

FREE COVID-19 Testing Available in Maryland
Maryland is offering free testing for those with or without symptoms. No doctor’s notes are needed. Appointments are strongly encouraged but walk-in testing will be offered as availability permits. Click here to locate a site near you. Patients are encouraged to contact the site where they plan to be tested to learn about the site's appointment procedures, accessibility services, and other scheduling requirements. Sites managed by the Maryland Department of Health will provide Video remote interpreting (VRI) and other services onsite upon request.

Tenant Protections
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
 announced on June 29 that tenant protections apply to properties with Enterprise-backed loans that are in forbearance.
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 July 10, 2020. You can access the list of existing resources here.

New Recommendations and Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Communications Materials

Ways to Help
A big THANK YOU to all donors for stepping forward to support Baltimoreans experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. We truly appreciate your support and generosity and can't thank you enough.

If you would like to contribute and seek some ideas, below is a list of actions that can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City during the pandemic. 
  • 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.
Individuals interested in donating resources can email Jessi Stevens at
jessi.stevens@baltimorecity.gov

Most needed items 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
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 Baltimore City's COVID-19 Plan for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, please submit them through this form
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 a list of general funding opportunities and financial resources for service providers, individuals, and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This document is updated frequently. 
IRS Non-Filers Tool
USPS Change of Address Form
BankOn
IRS Get My Payment Tool 
Opening an Bank Account During COVID-19
General Updates & Announcements
Rapid Rehousing Community of Practice Workgroup
The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is looking to establish a Rapid Rehousing Community of Practice workgroup with a kickoff meeting on July 14, 2020, 10-11:30am via Webex. This group will focus on identifying community needs, improving rapid rehousing program design, reducing systemic barriers to increase housing permanency, and expanding system capacity to serve additional households in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Katie Yorick at
 katie.yorick@baltimorecity.gov.

Webex info:
Housing and Employment Resources for Homeless Veterans
Housing and employment resources are available at Sheppard Pratt for veterans experiencing homelessness. Call  410-282-5900 ext. 3333 for more information.

En español
En Sheppard Pratt hay recursos de vivienda y empleo disponibles para los veteranos sin hogar. Llame al 410-282-5900 ext. 3333 para más información.
Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline (information current as of 7/10/20)
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.

En español
Caridades Católicas de Baltimore ha lanzado una línea telefónica bilingüe de SNAP para ayudar a los necesitados con las solicitudes de SNAP. La ayuda está disponible a través de la línea telefónica bilingüe SNAP: 667-600-2291 entre 8:30 am y 5:00 pm de lunes a viernes. También hay Consejeros de Beneficios disponibles en el 867-322-6657 o en el 443-885-9707 para ayudar con beneficios adicionales. Vea el folleto para más detalles.
Public Input Needed on Federal Strategic Plan to end Homelessness
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is currently seeking public input to revise the federal strategic plan to end homelessness. Comment period ends tomorrow. Individuals and organizations interested in submitting comments can access additional information on USICH's
website.
Food Resources
Food Resources for Baltimore City Residents and their Families
Locate a FREE food site in your neighborhood. City-supported food sites remain open for Baltimoreans facing food insecurity during
COVID-19. No ID or proof of income is required. These sites supplement the existing food pantry network. To find a food pantry near you, call 2-1-1. 
En español
Comida GRATIS para los que se enfrentan a la inseguridad alimentaria durante COVID-19.
No se requiere identificación o prueba de ingresos. Estos sitios complementan la red de despensa de alimentos existente. Para encontrar una despensa de alimentos cerca de usted, llame al 2-1-1. 
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's 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. 


The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is Hiring
MOHS is seeking compassionate and data-driven individuals who are eager to use their qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and expertise to inform policies and support the City's efforts to prevent and end homelessness among Baltimoreans. Learn more and apply.
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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