MIMA October Newsletter

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October 2019

Census 2020 Community Grants: Application is OPEN!

Census 2020 is just over 5 months away! To make sure all residents are counted, community groups, nonprofits, neighbors, faith communities, and organizations connected to hard-to-count populations - INCLUDING IMMIGRANTS - are eligible to apply for Census Community Grants. Funds can be used for Census outreach activities and technology to enable community members to complete the first-ever online Census. Applicants must be organizations or community groups (you do NOT have to be a 501(c)3 to apply) who work and operate with populations and geographies in traditionally undercounted areas of the city. Apply by November 20th on the city's Census 2020 website.

Would you like to share information about the community grants or Census 2020 at an upcoming event? Fill out MIMA’s New American Communities Census Outreach Events Form to submit a request for a representative from MIMA to attend your event.

Still have questions? Contact us at mimacensus2020@baltimorecity.gov

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MIMA Welcomes Carey Cabrera!


Join us in welcoming Carey Cabrera to the MIMA team as the New American Outreach Coordinator! Carey has worked with immigrant and refugee communities both in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. She has supported homeless immigrant families in the search of housing and employment, organized immigrant communities in affordable housing, and worked in refugee resettlement. In her role with MIMA, Carey will be responsible for strengthening outreach efforts to New American Communities and Limited English Proficient residents in the City of Baltimore for the next 10 months. This task will include establishing relationships with trusted community stakeholders to create awareness about MIMA’s initiatives and city services. Does your organization want to be involved? Connect with Carey at carey.cabrera@baltimorecity.gov

MIMA en Español

Ordenanza local prohíbe el uso de Espuma Poliestireno (conocido en inglés como “styrofoam”)  

Styrofoam ban

¿Sabías que la Ciudad de Baltimore aprobó una ordenanza en el 2018 que prohíbe el uso de envases desechables hechos de Espuma Poliestireno?  Esta ordenanza tomó efecto el 19 de octubre del 2019 y aplica a todas las instalaciones de servicio de alimentos, incluidos: restaurantes, cafeterías, carritos de comida, panaderías y otros comercios. Para una lista completa y para más información, visite este link.

Snapshot of Our Community

Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards and Celebration

On October 9th, Mayor Young, MIMA, and the Baltimore City Hispanic Commission recognized exemplary Hispanics and their contributions to Baltimore City in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. During the evening, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young joined Fernando Armstrong, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Philadelphia Regional Office, to elevate the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census. Art by local artist Jessy DeSantis and music by Conjunto Bruja reminded all in attendance of the important cultural contributions Hispanic artists make to our City. To view photos of the event, please click here.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

  • Educator Award: Franca Muller Paz
  • Emerging Leader Award: Crisaly de los Santos
  • Service Provider Award: Pedro Palomino
  • Volunteer Award: Miriam Badillo

Above: Mayor Jack Young, MIMA’s Director Catalina Rodriguez Lima, Hispanic Heritage Awardees, and featured artist Jessy DeSantis 

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Partner Spotlight

Bureau of the Budget and Management Research (BBMR)


The Bureau of the Budget and Management Research (BBMR) facilitates the City’s annual operating budget process and formulates the annual budget publications. BBMR conducts policy and fiscal research and analysis on a variety of issues. In the past few years, BBMR has been working to increase engagement with the community by providing presentations to community organizations, hosting budget pop-ups at local libraries, tabling at farmer’s markets, and actively engaging with residents via social media.

As the City begins to prepare the budget for the next fiscal year, BBMR is collecting feedback from residents about their budget priorities. Share your thoughts here, and visit BBMR's website to learn more about their work and review budget publications, infographics, and research reports.

BBMR can also come to your community group and give an overview of the budget. Contact BBMR at budget@baltimorecity.gov to schedule a presentation or ask a question.

National Happenings


This month, our immigrant communities won two key victories related to public charge and temporary protected status (TPS).

First, federal judges in five states (New York, California, Washington, Illinois, and Maryland) issued injunctions on the proposed public charge rule, preventing the rule form going into effect on October 15. However, this victory is uncertain, as the Trump administration is likely to appeal the injunctions. The Supreme Court may have the final say on the public charge rule, but, for now, USCIS officials cannot request additional information about receipt of public benefits or consider whether an individual is “more likely than not” to become a public change when determining inadmissibility.

Additionally, the validity of work permits for more than 200,000 Salvadorans with TPS will be extended through January 4, 2021. This reverses the 2018 decision to end TPS for Salvadorans. As part of the agreement to extend the validity of work permits, the U.S. will also increase collaboration with the government of El Salvador as related to border security and the sharing of biometric data.

Grant Opportunities

Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute - Strategic Consultation Grants for Baltimore City: This new funding opportunity was created to support faculty working in partnership with Baltimore City government. Funds will be awarded to proposals that address requests from city government for assistance on specific projects that improve the health and well-being of Baltimore City. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 15, 2019. 

The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle seeks to empower women and their families in the greater Baltimore area to achieve self-sufficiency. Grant applications will be accepted starting on November 1, 2019. Grant proposals must be received by our deadline of December 15, 2019 to be considered.

The Baltimore Heritage Area Association’s Neighborhood Placemaking Grants provide funding for cultural heritage tourism (non-capital) projects within the heritage area boundaries. Potential projects include festivals that celebrate neighborhood heritage, planning or branding projects, greening activities, etc. Interested nonprofits or tax exempt organizations should apply by December 9, 2019.   

Calendar of Events

Brilliant Baltimore (Baltimore Book Festival + Light City)
November 1 - 10
Baltimore Inner Harbor & surrounding Neighborhoods

Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
November 2, 11AM - 4PM
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.

BMORE Lit! Neighborhood Lights Pagoda Dance Party
November 2, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
27 S. Patterson Park Ave.

Free Congolese Meet and Greet Party
November 2, 6:30PM - 9PM
Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave.

Dia de los Muertos Family Day with Artesanas Mexicanas
Saturday, November 2, 11AM - 3PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.

Bloom - A Celebration of Life, Dia de los Muertos
November 2, 5:30PM - 9PM
Traci Atkins Park, 1400 Ramsay St.

Roots & Raíces Dia de los Muertos
November 2, 7PM - 1AM
30 W. North Ave.

Savor the World: A Benefit for the Immigrant Outreach Service Center
November 3, 1PM - 4PM
St. Matthew Church Hall, 5403 Loch Raven Blvd.

AMMPARO Guardian Angel Training
November 6, 7PM - 9PM
Archbishop Borders School, 3500 Foster Ave.

Home is Here! Welcome Rally in Baltimore
November 8, 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.

Direct from Haiti: Chouk Bwa
November 9, 8PM – 10PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.

Hispanic Taxpayer Outreach Summits
November 7, 14, & 15, 10:30AM - 12PM
Various Locations

Cena for Migrant Justice with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante
November 16, 6PM - 9PM
The Charles Theater, 1701 N. Charles St.

CHINA Town Hall
November 18, 5:30PM - 9PM
City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.

Balkan, Brazilian Dance Party
November 22, 8PM - 11:30PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.

Latino Providers Network Annual Holiday Celebration
November 25, 12PM - 1:30PM
Sacred Heart of Jesus, 600 S. Conkling St.

Miracle on 34th Street / Hampden Lights - Opening Night
Nov 30, 6PM - 11PM
700 W. 34th St.

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