April 6th Updates

 
Dear Marvin,

I hope all is well. Here are some updates and resources to be aware of this week.
 
To support Maryland’s small businesses facing continued financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the state established through bipartisan legislation the new Maryland Small Business COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program in 2021 with $10 million in state RELIEF Act funding. 

The application deadline is tonight at midnight, April 6th so please alert your neighbors and communities ASAP! For more information and to access the application you may go online here
 
You can take part in the virtual ribbon cutting and tour at the new Cahill Recreation Center on April 9th at 11am. The event will be streamed live on Baltimore City Rec & Parks Facebook page. You can go online here for event updates. 
 
READY initiative is hosting an off to college fundraiser to collect monetary donations and off to college essentials for Baltimore City public school graduates who are heading to college in the fall. 

Please consider joining on April 10th from 6-8pm for trivia night! You can find more details by visiting the registration page
 
Anyone 16+ can pre-register for an appointment now. Once an appointment becomes available, you will be contacted. Go online here to pre-register.
 
Qualifying seniors may call 443 462-5864 or 443 462-5865 to schedule an appointment OR on site scheduling is available at Mondawmin Mall (2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21215). 
 
Join BCRP on Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30pm for the Druid Lake Vision Plan Meeting as we discuss how this plan will guide future growth and development at Druid Hill Park. You may register here
 
The Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Street Design Effort is underway. I encourage you to share your thoughts by going online and completing this form
 
On Monday, March 15, 2021, Mayor Scott released the Violence Prevention Framework (created by BCHD) and the Violence Prevention Draft Plan (created by The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement). The document can be accessed here.

MONSE is hosting a Virtual Feedback Session for District 7 residents on Thursday, April 15th at 7pm. Click here to register and learn more. 
 
 
Remember to check out the Underground Railroad Market on Saturday afternoon. The market will be open every Saturday from 12-5pm at 2000 Triangle Park Pennsylvania Ave from March 27 - Dec 19.

For vendor inquiries please call 443-513-6723. Otherwise, come out and get fresh produce, arts & crafts, and more! 
 
Please join us for the second part of our Listening Tour series featuring The Department of Housing & Community Development on Thursday, April 29th at 6:00pm. We will hear from DHCD representatives regarding services and programs available to residents. You may register for this event here.
 
Penn North and Reservoir Hill Residents,
Are you sick of late buses that get stuck in traffic? Been stranded at your stop way too often? Then lend a hand to help improve public transit in your neighborhood and Baltimore City.

As a first step in the project, University of Maryland researchers are seeking residents to fill out a short survey with some general questions about their background and transit use. From the survey responses, we’ll select 10 people to participate in two virtual focus group sessions (held on Zoom). These sessions will last 60-90 minutes and all focus group participants will be given a $50 gift card for their participation. Even if not selected for a focus group, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle for a $75 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions about the project you may go online here or email Jessica Vitak at [email protected]
 
Mayor Brandon M. Scott has announced that Baltimore City, in collaboration with The Recycling Partnership and the Baltimore Civic Fund, will distribute free wheeled, lidded recycling carts to every eligible City household this spring, implementing a key recommendation in the City’s Less Waste, Better Baltimore master plan. This initiative ensures that all City neighborhoods can participate in the City’s recycling program. This collaboration is being funded by a $9 million public-private partnership, including a $3 million grant from The Recycling Partnership.
 
#Mybmore's energy assistance program can lower your monthly heating/electric bill and help pay past-due balances. Learn more at bmorechildren.com/energy or contact us today: 410-396-5555 or [email protected]
 
Considering applying for rent assistance, but don't know where to start? Already applied and have questions? Call 410-396-5555 or email [email protected] for more information!
 
Here is this week's COVID-19 testing schedule. All of these locations are 100% free, and do not require a doctor's referral or even an appointment! More information and testing sites can be found here
 
As always please feel free to reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

James Torrence
Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
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