MIMA COVID-19 Update No. 23

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January 13, 2020
No. 23

To read this update in other languages, visit MIMA's website 

Para leer este reporte en español, visite la página web de MIMA

Pour lire cette mise à jour en Français, visitez le Site Web de MIMA


Keeping You Informed

As the City of Baltimore continues to respond to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MIMA) is working to ensure that critical information is available in multiple languages. For multilingual up-to-date information regarding the city’s response, follow us on Facebook
Below you will find the English version of MIMA's multilingual biweekly update with information regarding services impacted by COVID-19 and resources available to community members. 

It’s Baltimore versus COVID

Answer the call from MD COVID. Check out this message from Mayor Scott in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean and Arabic
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What's New This Week?

Vaccine roll out is happening in Baltimore City!

The City is in the process of vaccinating priority group 1A, which includes health care workers, first responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. We will update the City’s official COVID vaccine roll-out website as more info becomes available. See graphics below for more information. 

January Produce & Mixed Box Distribution

January produce and mixed box distribution schedules are now available in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean and Arabic.

Some mixed status families will receive stimulus checks

Households that did not receive CARES Act stimulus payments in the first round may receive payments this time. Previously, households where one family member filed tax returns with an ITIN were ineligible for stimulus payments. According to the IRS FAQ, “if you file jointly with your spouse and only one individual has a valid SSN, the spouse with a valid SSN will receive up to a $600 payment and up to $600 for each qualifying child claimed on the 2019 tax return. If neither has a valid SSN, no payment will be allowed even if their qualifying child has a valid SSN.“ Get more information about the stimulus payments and check to see if you’re eligible for the stimulus payment.

New round of Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. This round of PPP will run through March 31, 2021. Join the Latino Economic Development Center for a webinar on January 14th in English at 12PM and in Spanish at 1:30pm. Register now at ledcmetro.org/ppp_round_2_webinar.
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BGE launching a small business grant program

On January 20, BGE will launch its Energizing Small Business Grants Program as part of its $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 in grants. Applications open on January 20th. Find more information here
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Don’t forget to get your flu shot!

Visit health.baltimorecity.gov/flu to find locations and to get more information. If you do not have health insurance and live in Baltimore City, text 443-990-0579 to get a flu shot voucher that can be redeemed at a pharmacy. The voucher is not considered a public charge. 

Looking for COVID educational materials in multiple languages? 

The University of Minnesota has been working on a database where you can find information in hundreds of languages crowdsourced from the CDC, local and state governments, and nonprofits from around the country. 

The Eviction Prevention fund is open for applications!

Tenants and landlords are able to apply for funds to keep tenants in their homes. Unlicensed properties will be considered for funds on a case-by-case basis. Visit bmorechildren.com/eviction-prevention to find downloadable paper applications in English, Spanish and French and to find more information on required documents, apply online here

Join MIMA for our Biweekly Update call!

MIMA has been inviting stakeholders and community partners to join a call every other Friday to share information that may benefit community members. Join us on January 15th at 11:30am via Microsoft Teams here or call-in:+1 667-228-6519, code: 192 572 409#. 

Job Opportunities

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Baltimore is currently recruiting for several positions. See a list of open positions in Baltimore on the LIRS website.

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Baltimore, MD  21202
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