(Maryland DHCD) Community Services Connection Newsletter - COVID-19 Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

DHCD will continue to update its COVID-19 resource page that can be found here.

State and Regional Resources

MCAP Webinar: Utilizing A Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens in Strategic Engagement and Evaluation 

The Maryland Community Action Partnership will be hosting a webinar building on work by Public Policy Associates and Michigan Public Health Institute to focus on the practical use of a racial equity lens when conducting evaluation in human services organizations and programs. Follow this link to join the webinar on June 26 at 3:30pm.

National and Federal Resources

FHA's Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium Extended 

The Federal Housing Administration has published Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2020-19, Extension of Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium in connection with the Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency. This ML announces a second extension of the foreclosure and eviction moratorium through August 31, 2020. 

National Survey on Universal Testing

The Center for Disease Control in conjunction with the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council are sponsoring a survey to collect data from homeless program sites that have hosted universal testing events of all program clients/participants. The purpose of the survey is to inform national efforts to address COVID-19 among persons experiencing homelessness. If you have done universal testing at a homeless services site and/or know of a site that has done such, please take the time to complete the survey.

GAO Whole Family Poverty Reduction Report

In May, the US Government Accountability Office released a report regarding the use of a Whole Family approach in the reduction of poverty. The report covers how HHS can improve information to assist states and localities in adopting approaches that serve whole families. Read the full report here.

NCAP's #MyVoiceMatters Webinar Series

The National Community Action Partnership, in an effort to promote civic engagement that allows every voice to be heard, began a #MyVoiceMatters Webinar Series. They will cover a range of topics including voter registration, public policy, advocacy, and redistricting. Follow this link to register for upcoming webinars.

Free PPE for Community Based Organizations
The HHS Partnership Center is supporting HHS and FEMA's efforts to make face coverings widely available in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The face coverings are being made available to community-based organizations at no cost and while supplies last. Click here for more information.

Please email CSConnection.dhcd@maryland.gov  if you would like us to include news, events or job openings related to your organization in our upcoming newsletter.