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

COVID-19 Resources and Updates
Please note that the bi-weekly publication schedule of this newsletter will move up by a week starting August 28, 2020. 

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

Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) Application Deadline Extended to September 1, 2020

The State of Maryland has extended the application deadline for the second round of the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) and will accept applications until Tuesday, September 1 at 5:00 PM.

Eligible nonprofit organizations can receive up to $50,000 in grant assistance for operational support. The second round expanded eligibility to allow nonprofits of any size and with budgets over $5 million to apply for assistance.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines, visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/DHCD-NOFA.aspx.

FY2020 CSBG State Plan Amendment

Pursuant to the federal Office of Community Services CSBG Action Transmittal 2020-06, the Department of Housing and Community Development is required to submit a plan amendment to the FY2020 CSBG Plan that specifically relates to the CSBG CARES Act Supplemental funding. The draft plan amendment is available here. Comments on the plan amendment can be emailed to csbg.dhcd@maryland.gov.
State and Regional Updates
Lunch and Learn Information Session - Becoming a Business Partner with Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH is a 10-month transition to work program for individuals 18 through 26 years of age with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Project SEARCH provides hands-on job training through integrated worksite rotations, career exploration, innovative adaptations and mentoring from experienced staff. 

Due to COVID-19 and the impact for Project SEARCH host sites, Maryland Project SEARCH programs across the state are conducting outreach to businesses to find meaningful internship opportunities for this year's interns with local businesses and other organizations. There are 14 Project SEARCH programs across the state of Maryland seeking remote and in-person internship opportunities. 

To learn more, join this upcoming information session on September 2, 2020 at 11:30 AM. If you have any questions, contact Stacey Herman at 

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center Free Civil Legal Services  

The St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center Legal Services team is working with individuals and families to provide free civil legal services that focus on landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosure prevention, and estate planning. 

They've created an FAQ of tenants' rights that can be found here
. The St. Ambrose Legal Services team works hand in hand with their Homesharing, Housing Counseling, Rental Services, and Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) programs. To learn more, visit www.stambros.org; to contact an attorney call 410-366-8550 ext. 209 or email at legal@stambros.org

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism's State Service Plan

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) is working to update their State Service Plan, which serves as a roadmap for achieving their mission of leading through service and fostering civic engagement throughout Maryland. The Office is requesting your input regarding needs within your community. You can contribute to the State Service Plan by completing this survey
National and Federal Updates
FHA's Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium Extended Through December 31, 2020
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2020-27, Extension of Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium in Connection with the Presidentially-Declared COVID-19 National Emergency. This ML announces a third extension of the foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. 
This moratorium extension is effective immediately upon the expiration of the existing moratorium announced in ML 2020-19. This guidance is applicable to all FHA Title II single family forward mortgage and Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (reverse) programs, except for those secured by vacant and/or abandoned properties. Click here to read the press release. 

Economic Impact Payment for Families with Children

The IRS is taking new steps to help make sure families with children receive the $500 per child economic impact payments. We encourage community organizations to get the word out to those they serve to be sure all qualifying families get this assistance. This is particularly critical for those who are low income and might not otherwise file taxes.

The IRS urges certain federal benefit recipients to use the Non-Filers tool by September 30 to enter information on their qualifying children. For those unable to access the Non-Filers tool, they may submit a simplified paper return following the procedures described in this FAQ.

The SchoolHouse Connection Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program

The SchoolHouse Connection Youth Leadership and Scholarship program provides scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program. The scholarship assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services. Applications are due October 1, 2020. More information can be found here

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.