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File #: 20-0210R    Version: 0 Name: Emergency Response to COVID-19 - Immediate Housing For Persons Who Are Homeless
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/13/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 4/13/2020
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Title: Emergency Response to COVID-19 - Immediate Housing For Persons Who Are Homeless For the purpose of calling on the Mayor, the Board of Estimates, and all affected City agencies to immediately make available sufficient hotel rooms and other non-congregate housing to provide homes for all interested persons currently residing in congregate spaces within homeless shelters and all other homeless persons in Baltimore City.
Sponsors: Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Mary Pat Clarke, Bill Henry, Sharon Green Middleton, Kristerfer Burnett, John T. Bullock, Zeke Cohen, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Robert Stokes, Sr., Ryan Dorsey, Shannon Sneed
Indexes: COVID-19, Emergency, Homeless, Housing, Response
Attachments: 1. 20-0210R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
DLR Draft II 09Apr20 DLR Draft II 09Apr20
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: President Scott
A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Emergency Response to COVID-19 - Immediate Housing For Persons Who Are Homeless
For the purpose of calling on the Mayor, the Board of Estimates, and all affected City agencies to immediately make available sufficient hotel rooms and other non-congregate housing to provide homes for all interested persons currently residing in congregate spaces within homeless shelters and all other homeless persons in Baltimore City.
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On March 5, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in the State of Maryland, and on March 19, 2020, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young declared a state of emergency in Baltimore City. Both states of emergency related to the imminent public health emergency posed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a devastating disease that presents a significant risk of bodily harm and possible death to anyone who contracts the disease - particularly those most vulnerable members of society with pre-existing health conditions.

Individuals who are experiencing homelessness are often among the most medically vulnerable members of society and have a high rate of pre-existing health conditions.

Individuals who have contracted COVID-19 may not exhibit symptoms for a period of up to 14 days, and yet those individuals are often highly contagious during that 14-day period. Thus, screening individuals entering homeless shelters is not a f...

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