- Governor Hogan's "stay at home" directive changes to "safer at home" effective Friday, 5/15 at 5 p.m.
- Marylanders must wear face coverings in retail stores as well as on any form of public transportation
- Gatherings in Maryland cannot exceed 10 people
- Public schools are closed through the end of the academic year. Students can pick up free meals here.
- There will be no evictions or utilities shut-offs during the emergency
- Medicaid enrollees up for redetermination will continue to receive benefits throughout the crisis
- SNAP recipients and new applicants will receive the maximum amount per household size with no income-based reduction during April and May.
- MDOT MTA reduced public transportation services. See their changes here.
What we're doing to protect clients and staff
- We're here for clients. We have always helped people in crisis with nowhere else to go, and that work is more important than ever.
- We're OPEN at 421 Fallsway. People without homes can continue to get care in-person Monday through Friday at our downtown clinic—our largest site and headquarters. The clinic opens to clients at 7:30 a.m..
- Coronavirus screening, testing and social distancing is underway, including:
- Temperature checks at our 421 Fallsway clinic for clients, visitors and staff.
- Screening hotline specifically to support shelter staff. Our medical providers and community health workers are staffing a hotline accessible by the operators of Baltimore City's and Baltimore County's largest shelters. They provide guidance for COVID-19 screens and trigger city transport to partner hospitals for testing and isolation.
- Testing for clients who screen positive. We repurposed the mobile clinic as a clean provider staging area and have multiple testing bays in our drive-thru garage.
- Reduced in-person contact:
- Non-clinical staff are working from home, and clinicians are on a rotating schedule.
- There are now plexiglass barriers at our registration desks.
- To comply with federal and state orders on unnecessary gatherings, only people seeking or receiving services will be permitted to use clinic waiting rooms.
- We're adjusting services and embracing new tools as needed:
- Emphasizing telehealth: We're encouraging phone visits and consults whenever possible.
- All clients should call 410-837-5533 to schedule appointments and to determine whether an in-person visit is necessary.
- 800 cloth face coverings (and counting) to clients. We are accepting donations of cloth face coverings to keep up with the demand. Before donating, please email email@example.com.
- Closed or canceled for now:
- West Baltimore clinic
- Baltimore County clinic
- Mobile clinic
- Convalescent Care Program
- Saturday clinic hours at 421 Fallsway
- Routine dental services—our dentists are still providing evaluations and referrals for emergency care
- Client groups
- Home visits and escorts to community visits
- Agency gatherings and events
- We're calling for Maryland's public health response to include:
- Testing, isolation and quarantine plan for people experiencing homelessness
- Statewide suspension of foreclosures and evictions (state-wide ban on evictions announced 3/16)
- Extended eligibility/delayed redetermination for Medicaid, food stamps and cash assistance (Medicaid eligibity extended during crisis announced 3/17)
- An end to all homeless encampments sweeps
- We are working with local public health and homeless services leaders to ensure that people without homes or in congregate living situations get tested and have someplace to safely isolate if needed.
- The city’s Emergency Response Plan for People Experiencing Homelessness includes initiatives to deconcentrate large congregate facilities and protocol for active screening at shelters, hospital discharge and isolation at new designated facilities.
- On 4/17, Health Care for the Homeless joined Baltimore Homeless Services and the Baltimore City Health Department to safely isolate and test 56 residents of a local shelter. The results are troubling: half positive, most asymptomatic. Read President and CEO Kevin Lindamood and CMO Adrienne Trustman's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun calling for increased testing in shelters.
- On 4/24, we joined a multi-agency effort to test and isolate 125 residents of Balitmore's largest shelter (reported on in The Baltimore Sun).
You Can Help
Just as you look to your doctors for answers during this crisis, thousands of our neighbors are turning to the health professionals they know and trust at Health Care for the Homeless. Your gift will help us do our part in protecting the lives of people without homes.
Resources & FAQs
Visit the sites below for useful resources, more statistics and FAQs:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
We'll be updating this page as needed. Check back often!