MIMA June Newsletter

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June 2019

Commissioner Harrison and Mayor Young to Meet with Immigrant Community on July 2

MIMA in the Community

With the troubling threats of increased immigration enforcement in Baltimore City, Mayor Young and Commissioner Harrison will address concerns of the immigrant community in a public meeting at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Southeast Anchor Library (3601 Eastern Avenue). This meeting is the second “MIMA in the Community,” biannual opportunities for the public to engage directly with the work of government.

During the meeting, Commissioner Harrison will be discussing a police policy that encourages victims of crime to come forward, regardless of immigrant status. This policy is critical to engender and build trust between Baltimore City Police and community members. Copies of the official police policy will be available at the meeting for the public to review.

MIMA, with Mayor Young’s leadership, is working hard to ensure that the public remains informed and prepared in the event of increased immigration enforcement in Baltimore City. Safe City Baltimore continues to fund and provide legal services for detained and non-detained immigrants in Baltimore City, and MIMA and its community partners are actively promoting Know Your Rights information. Safe City Baltimore and Know Your Rights information will also be available on July 2.

If you are interested and able to attend “MIMA in the Community,” please RSVP via the Facebook event. All are welcome, so please share this timely and important event with your networks.

Spanish and English flyers for “MIMA in the Community” on July 2 are available.

Baltimore Immigration Summit: Thank You! 

Immigration Summit

On behalf of MIMA and Towson University, we want to thank the nearly 200 participants who participated in the 9th Baltimore Immigration Summit on May 31, 2019 at Coppin University. The primary goal of the conference was to bring together local government, academia, service providers, advocates and elected officials to discuss issues and opportunities facing our New American Community and to develop ways to strengthen collaborations.

Special thanks to Mayor Young, Councilman Zeke Cohen and panelists (national and local) who presented during the Summit.

Check out photos of the event.


MIMA en Español: MIMA en la Comunidad

Acompáñanos el 2 de Julio a las 5:30pm en la Biblioteca, ubicada en 3601 Eastern Avenue para discutir temas de seguridad pública y la comunidad inmigrante.

Snapshot of Our Community

Mayor Young Meets with MIMA’s Community Advisory Board and Hispanic Commission

Community Advisory Board

Last week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young sat down with MIMA’s Community Advisory Board and the City’s Hispanic Commission to discuss issues pertinent to New Americans (immigrants and refugees) in Baltimore.

Board and Commission members asked Mayor Young questions related to safety in immigrant communities, forms of identification that immigrants can use in Baltimore, educational opportunities, housing, and small business development. Mayor Young affirmed that Baltimore is a Welcoming City, and he continues to lead and support the work of MIMA.

We thank Mayor Young for his time and leadership on the most pressing issues that immigrant City residents face.

Partner Spotlight

NeighborhoodLIFT: $15,000 grants for homebuyers


Are you thinking about buying a home? Would you like $15,000 towards your down payment? Consider attending the NeighborhoodLIFT launch event on July 19 and 20 at the Baltimore Convention Center to find out if you are eligible for these $15,000 grants.

NeighborhoodLIFT is program of Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore in collaboration with Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America. The program does have income eligibility requirements, and you must also complete a homebuyers’ education course and counseling. To find out more about how you can get $15,000 towards the purchase of a home, visit: http://www.nhsbaltimore.com/LIFT

National Happenings

Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question 

On June 27th, Mayor Young issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the inclusion of the citizenship question to the next decennial count:

— I strongly applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the administration’s justifications to add a citizenship question to the next decennial count. In order to have a fair and accurate Census in 2020, it’s necessary for the Census Bureau to count everyone regardless of immigrant status.

Historically, immigrants have been underrepresented in the decennial census count. Localities that have experienced recent demographic change such as Baltimore City are likely to be most impacted by an undercount, with significant federal dollars on the table.

While the legal battles to remove the Citizenship question are not over, I remain committed to ensuring that every Baltimorean is counted and can confidently participate in the upcoming Census.

Please join me in our efforts to increase participation by learning about the Action Plan for Baltimore City.

To learn about MIMA’s efforts to engage New Americans in the upcoming Census, please contact mima@baltimorecity.gov

Grant Opportunities

William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund: The Fund believes that arts and culture play a central role in the development and growth of healthy individuals and thriving communities in metropolitan Baltimore. Prospective applicants should submit a two-page letter of inquiry by July 12, 2019 with basic background on their organization.

HUD’s Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program NOFA: The Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. Funding of up to $1,000,000 is available through this NOFA and applications are due on July 30, 2019.

BOGSº Impact Fund: This grant will invest in outdoor education programs that provide youth with opportunities to get outside to learn, play, and grow. The Impact Fund will award 3-year grants of $10,000 each year to non-profits whose projects engage underserved/low-income youth and encourage them to grow and learn outdoors throughout their lives. Proposals must be submitted by July 22, 2019.

Calendar of Events

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration
July 4 – 7pm to 9:30pm
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland 21042

WYPR Presents – The Friends of Patterson Park Concert Series
July 7, 14 and 23
Pagoda Hill, Patterson Park
Lombard St. and S. Patterson Park Ave, Baltimore MD 21224 

Alexander Hamilton: Who was this guy?
July 12 – 12pm to 1pm
July 14 – 2pm to 3pm
Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture
225 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 

5th Annual Voices of History Street Fair
July 13 – 10am to 5pm
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
1601 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213 

Baltimore/Washington ONE Carnival
July 13 and 14
Lake Clifton Park
2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore MD 21213

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden - Matana Roberts, Wendel Patrick Quartet
July 13 – 7pm
July 27 – 7pm
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Latinx Rhythms: Making Movies w/ Conjunto Bruja
July 14 – 7:30pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224

2019 Baltimore Hip Hop Architecture Camp at the Enoch Pratt Free Library
July 15 through 19
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Artscape 2019 
July 19 through 21
Charles St. and Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Buy Black Baltimore – Open Works Market
July 20 – 10am to 3pm
Open Works
1400 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202

Vieux Farka Toure
July 24 – 8pm
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224

Baltimore's Birthday Bash 2019
July 26 – 7pm to 10pm
The Assembly Room
316 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
100 N. Holliday Street, Room 250
Baltimore, MD  21202