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      Baltimore City | September 8, 2021
Visit our COVID-19 Webpage for more resources and information on COVID-19
    In this Issue
  • Updates & Announcements
  • FY 2021 CoC Program Competition
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Scholarship for Youth
  • Opportunities to Get Involved
  • Local Resources
  • Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Ways to Help 
Updates & Announcements 
COC Board Elects New Chair and Vice Chair
We are pleased to announce that the CoC Board has elected Janice Miller as its new Chair and Shawn Jones as its new Vice Chair. Both Ms. Miller and Mr. Jones are valuable members of the Baltimore City community and bring an impressive breadth of experience and knowledge. Read the full press release to learn more about them and their vision for the future. 
Special Gratitude and Appreciation for Outgoing CoC Board Chair
Please join us in thanking outgoing chair Winston Philip and reflecting on his contributions our community over the years. For four years, Mr. Philip has tirelessly given his time and energy to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community, including our unhoused neighbors. We are grateful for his leadership, service, and dedication to the CoC's mission. 

Save the Date!

Continuum of Care's (CoC) Quarterly Member Meeting
Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Click to Register & Access Meeting Information
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.
FY 2021 CoC Program Competition
Request for Proposals
Dear Continuum of Care Members and Community Partners, The FY 2021 Local Continuum of Care Competition is now open! On behalf of the Baltimore City Continuum of Care, The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is pleased to announce the FY 2021 local CoC competition. 
All competition materials, including project application templates are posted on the MOHS' website. Applications must be emailed to HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov by 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Bidder’s Conference
A Bidder’s Conference will be held by MOHS on Thursday, September 16 at 11:30am. Project applicants and interested community members are strongly encouraged to attend. Learn more about the RFP.

Questions? email HSPApplications@baltimorecity.gov 
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.
Scholarship for Youth
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.
Opportunities to Get Involved 
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.
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
Local Resources
Below is a collation of local resources that may be helpful to service providers and people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. A more comprehensive list of existing resources, including national resources, can be found on our website.
Help is available
If you live in Baltimore City and are worried about missed rent payments or eviction, you are not alone. Help is available for renters and landlords through the City’s Eviction Prevention Program. Check if you qualify & apply at bmorechildren.com/residents.
  • If you have received an eviction notice, go to court and  email eviction.prevention@baltimorecity.gov ASAP
  • For questions about the City's eviction prevention program and to request assistance with the application process, including assistance with language access, please call 410-396-5555.
  • Know Your Rights! Tenants Rights in Baltimore City during COVID-19

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.

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)
Important Links
 
Events & Learning Opportunities 

A Roast in Honor of Anthony Williams

Please join us on September 23rd from 7PM to 10PM for an evening of fun, food, and community gathering in honor of our very own CoC Board Member, Anthony Williams. This event is hosted by the Baltimore Area  Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau

Proceeds will benefit the Journey Home's Flex Fund and the Speakers' Bureau. Dinner and light refreshments will be served. 

Location (for In-Person): St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 120 N Front St. Baltimore, MD 21202
 

Learn more & RSVP
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.
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 homelessoutreach@baltimorecity.gov
 
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

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eliane@journeyhomebaltimore.org
 
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