MIMA COVID-19 Update No. 16

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Biweekly update

September 16, 2020
No. 16

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Keeping You Informed

As the City of Baltimore continues to respond to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) is working to ensure that critical information is available in multiple languages. For multilingual up-to-date information regarding the city’s response, follow us on Facebook

Below you will find the English version of MIMA's multilingual biweekly update with information regarding services impacted by COVID-19 and resources available to community members. 

COVID Guidelines Update

What's New This Week?

Mayor Young has updated reopening guidance effective September 8, 2020 at 5pm

The order affects indoor dining, gatherings, religious facilities, retail establishments, outdoor and indoor theaters, indoor recreation venues and casinos. You can find this graphic in English, Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin and Arabic here

Baltimore City announces new Eviction Prevention Program

The Eviction Prevention Program will help residents stay in their homes and avoid eviction and homelessness. The program will offer  rental and utilities assistance to cover past-due bills, relocation assistance, legal assistance and case management. The program can cover up to 6 months of back rent or relocate households and will provide legal services for tenants facing eviction and case management to assist households through this difficult time. The CAP Centers will administer the program and staff have been trained to work with speakers of languages other than English through telephonic interpretation. Ask for an interpreter when you call the CAP Center. Find more information and the application here.

CDC eviction moratorium

The CDC has announced a temporary halt on residential evictions through the end of the year. Tenants must expect to make less than $99,000 per year or $198,000 if filing jointly. They must also declare that they lost income or incurred unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and show that they are doing their best to make partial rental payments, and declare that they will become homeless or have to “double up” if they are evicted. Tenants must sign a self-declaration (example of the form here in English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese) and submit it to their landlord. Advocates recommend sending the form via certified mail. For more information, check out these fact sheets in English and Spanish

Child care and education assistance programs

The child care scholarship program provides financial assistance with child care costs to eligible families in Maryland. You can find licensed child care providers for younger children and school-age youth up to age 13—and the state has child care scholarships to help cover the costs. Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will host in-person Student learning center spaces to engage in distance learning for students grade K-5. Baltimore City Public Schools is working hard to help families secure the devices and wifi access students need to fully participate in virtual learning. Find more information on resources available here

Water bill assistance BH2O application now available in multiple languages!

You can now complete the BH2O water bill assistance applications in dozens of languages by clicking the Google translate “Select Language” icon in the top right corner of the website.

Student Learning Center Info

It's Hispanic Heritage Month!

Don't forget to nominate individuals whose work has made a positive impact in the Hispanic/Latinx community in response to COVID-19! This year, we have a new award honoring the legacy of the late Delfina Haydee Pereda Echeverria. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, September 28 via mima.baltimorecity.gov/HispanicHeritage.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by completing the 2020 census! Fill out the census in Spanish online at my2020census.gov or over the phone at 844-468-2020.

Delfina HHA

Job Opportunities

*URGENT* Human Services Manager- Baltimore City Community Action Partnership (Bilingual Spanish-English preferred)

The Mayor's Office of Children & Family Success seeks a Human Services Manager to oversee the operation of a Community Action Partnership center in Baltimore City which provides such human service assistance as case management, community liaison, project management and information and referral work to residents of the City. Ideal candidates are strong case managers, experienced in supervising case managers and fluent in Spanish and English. To apply visit bmorechildren.com/career-opportunities

Southeast CDC, Housing Development Manager 

Southeast CDC is recruiting a Housing Development Manager to coordinate our efforts to increase home ownership in designated Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods. The primary focus will be on the redevelopment and sale of vacant and abandoned single family housing to homeowners, with an emphasis on helping current renters buy a home in their community. The houses in the first phase of the program will be developed by a local experienced housing developer and marketed by a local experienced realtor. The housing development manager will have an opportunity to learn from them during the initial phase. The Housing Development Manager will also be tasked with other housing-related projects, including working with renters and landlords on projects that improve the condition of rented homes; working with residents. Apply here

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Baltimore, MD  21202