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      Baltimore City | August 24, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • National Updates & Announcements
  • Local Updates & Announcements
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to help 
National Updates & Announcements 
2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Continuum of Care Program Competition. The Continuum of Care Program is the largest source of federal grant funding for homeless services and housing programs serving people experiencing homelessness. This year’s NOFO includes new opportunities for communities across the country. Applications are due to HUD on November 16, 2021. Read the NOFO.

White House Announces FEMA Reimbursement Extension

Last week, The White House announced the extension of 100% reimbursement for eligible FEMA activities through December 31, 2021, including activities related to non-congregate shelters. Learn more.
Help Shape the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is
currently seeking input on its Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
Learn more and share your insights.
USDA Modernizes the Thrifty Food Plan, Updates SNAP Benefits
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As a result, the average SNAP benefit – excluding additional funds provided as part of pandemic relief – will increase for Fiscal Year 2022 beginning on October 1, 2021. Click here for more information. 
ICYMI: The CDC has Issued a New Moratorium on Eviction 
The CDC has issued a new Moratorium on Evictions for counties with substantial or high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. As of today, Baltimore City qualifies for the new order, which is set to expire on October 3. Below are resources for renters and landlords. 
Child Tax Credit
Thanks to the Advance Child Tax Credit, working families with children, including working families experiencing homelessness are now receiving automatic monthly payments. Here is what you need to know. 
  • Eligible households will receive monthly payments of  $300 per child under age 6 and $250 per child between the ages of 6 and 17. Payments began on July 15, 2021.
  • If you’ve filed a tax return for 2019 or 2020 or signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. 
  • If you didn’t earn enough to file a tax return for 2020 or 2019, you can still get these payments. You must sign up here. 
  • People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail around the same time. 
Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income and will not affect your eligibility and access to government benefits, including SNAPS, SSI, WIC, or TANF.  More information about the Child Tax Credit and how people who are experiencing homelessness can claim this benefit can be found here.
2022-2023 SchoolHouse Connection Youth Scholarship Program
SchoolHouse Connection is now accepting applications for its Youth  Scholarship Program. All youth who have experienced  homelessness within the last six years and are pursuing a post-secondary education program beginning in 2022 are encouraged to apply. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2021. Learn more and apply.
Local Updates & Announcements
Join the Youth Action Board!
Are you between the ages of 16 and 24 and have the passion and ideas needed to help address youth homelessness? Join the Youth Action Board (YAB)! Members become a part of a community of young changemakers and are compensated for their time and expertise. 

About the YAB
The Youth Action Board is a youth-driven group committed to creating a Baltimore City where every young person is stably housed and has the support they need to thrive. 

 
About You
You are between the ages of 16 and 24. You have experienced housing instability, homelessness, or have been in foster care. You are interested in using your experience and expertise to guide efforts to end youth homelessness in Baltimore City, including the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).*Young Allies are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: October 15, 2021.

Learn more, share with a friend, and apply.

Status of City Services
Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced today that key City services are beginning to resume in-person access. If you are experiencing  unsheltered and would like to schedule an off-site visit from the Outreach Team, please call (410) 545-1862. An updated list of city services and their current status 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. 

CoC Members interested in participating in ongoing conversations about the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program can email Paroma Nandi at paroma.nandi@baltimorecity.gov
 
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 weekly on Fridays from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and is open to anyone with current or past lived experience of homelessness.
Location
725 Fallsway, RM 121 (Our Daily Bread)
Learn more about the LEAC:
bit.ly/BmoreLEAC
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.

COVID-19 Resources
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.

Local Resources
National Resources

HUD
NAEH
SSA
USICH
 
Events & Learning Opportunities 
Register today for the National Virtual Conference on Ending Homelessness. The conference will include plenaries, workshops, and networking opportunities. Topic areas covered will include homelessness, housing, healthcare, racial equity, and more. Scholarships are available for individuals with current or past lived experience of homelessness and service providers with limited financial flexibility. Apply for a scholarship.
Whole-Person Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder - SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Center | Wednesday, August 25 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
 
RSVP Now

Paving The Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness 
Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 | 2:00 PM ET.

RSVP Now
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) bi-weekly on Fridays from 2:30 - 4:00 PM EDT for Office Hours on COVID-19 planning and response. Representatives from the following federal agencies and their partners will be available to answer your questions:
  • 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)
Previous Office Hours recordings and slides can be found here. 
 
Learn More about Upcoming Office Hours
What we are reading
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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