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The Mayor's Office of Human Services regularly send out program announcements, grant applications, training opportunities, workgroup participation opportunities, provider news, and more.  Subscribers typically receive email updates 1-2 times per week - click the button below to sign up now!

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Become a Continuum of Care Member 

Complete a membership commitment form to become a voting or general member of the Continuum of Care.  By completing the Membership Commitment Form, you are declaring your commitment to participate actively and collaboratively in the Continuum of Care towards our collective goal that homelessness in Baltimore City will be rare and brief.

As we strive to develop an inclusive, diverse, and highly engaged group of stakeholders, membership in the Baltimore City Continuum of Care will NOT include a membership fee.  To establish eligibility for voting, Membership Commitment forms must be submitted at least one week prior to a Continuum meeting.

Attend a Continuum of Care Meeting

An all-member meeting is held at least once every quarter and focuses on providing important updates about funding, housing opportunities, policy changes, provider news, and more.  A guest presenter will sometimes provide a free training or share information about their services.  For more information about Continuum of Care member meetings, email Danielle Meister.

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Join a Continuum of Care Committee or Workgroup

The Continuum of Care Board and Mayor's Office of Human Services organize and lead several workgroups to oversee the work on Baltimore's plan to make homelessness rare and brief, promote best practices, and coordinate direct service delivery. For more information on each group's work or to volunteer your time, please get in touch with the contacts below.

Hands-In-Partnership

This workgroup brings together street outreach teams, emergency shelters, local government and public health officials, and behavioral health providers for a weekly meeting to coordinate care and referrals for individuals that are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. 
*Please note that meetings are currently limited to direct service providers that have been screened for participation to protect client confidentiality.  To inquire about participation, you can email Becky Savadkin.

Coordinated Access Committee
This workgroup oversees the implementation of Coordinated Access, which is Baltimore's city-wide assessment and housing referral process for service providers that serve homeless persons in Baltimore City.  For more information on leadership opportunities, training, or policies and procedures, visit the Coordinated Access page.

Data and Performance Committee
This workgroup oversees the implementation of the CoC's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), develops and implements the use of objective performance measures to monitor project and system performance, contributes and approves all data reporting for the CoC, and conducts annual gaps analyses and evaluations.  For more information or to become a committee member, please email Elizabeth Botkin.

Youth and Young Adult Workgroup
This workgroup coordinates the local efforts to end unaccompanied youth homelessness (youth 24 and under living without a parent or guardian) and includes members from the Mayor's Office, homeless youth providers, youth currently and formerly experiencing homelessness, local foundations, the Baltimore City Public School System, and out-of-school time providers.  For more information or to become a committee member, please email Danielle Meister.

Veteran Workgroup
This workgroup coordinates the local efforts to end veteran homelessness, and includes members from the Mayor's Office, VA Medical Center, and providers that target their services to veterans.  The workgroup has a monthly leadership team meeting to focus on system-level work and Challenge goals, and a biweekly case conferencing meeting for case managers to coordinate permanent housing placements and collaboratively problem solve client housing barriers.  To get involved and learn more, visit the Veteran Challenge pages.  
*Please note that case conferencing meetings are currently limited to direct service providers that have been screened for participation to protect client confidentiality.  However, all are welcome to join the leadership team! 
Additional workgroup information coming soon!

Join an Advocacy Coalition

There are several active coalitions of service providers and advocates that are privately organized around specific interest and issue areas including affordable housing, family and youth homelessness, and legislative/policy work.  *Please note that these groups are organized and operated by community members.  A group's inclusion in this list does not indicate the activities are endorsed by the Continuum of Care or City of Baltimore. 

Coalition for Homeless Children & Families (CoHo)
Focus Area: Direct service providers and advocates working with homeless families and children
Meeting: Second Thursday of every month, 9:30am-11am
Contact: Dorothy Critcher

Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative (BHYI)
Focus Area: Unaccompanied homeless youth

Stop Homelessness and Reduce Poverty (SHARP)
Focus Area: Community awareness and legislative advocacy
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Right to Housing Alliance
Focus Area: Affordable housing, tenant rights, and advocacy 
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