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Delegate Shaneka Henson - Newsletter

In 2019, Annapolis native Shaneka Henson joined Maryland's House of Delegates succeeding the late former Speaker Michael E. Busch. Learn more about the trial attorney and former Alderwoman who's family values make her a passionate and bright leader.

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Video Credit: Maryland Public Television
Check this out this MPT special featuring Delegate Henson and other HBCU alumni in the General Assembly as they discuss the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Maryland's Commitment to HBCU's for their vital role in promoting and inspiring community and economic development.

Resources, Community News & Updates
Latest in the Fight Against COVID-19-- Beginning November 5th, your children age 5-11 can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine will help keep children safer at school and during the upcoming holiday season. Thousands of appointments will be made available the week of November 8th. The Department of Health is helping to ensure equitable access for families and children with barriers. To book an appointment visit HERE.

NEW-- ANNAPOLIS, MD (Oct, 26, 2021) – County Executive Pittman in collaboration with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation have announced a Disaster Recovery Micro Grant Program, to help Anne Arundel County businesses recover from damages caused by Tropical Storm Ida. The program allows grants up to $5,000 for any legitimate business expenses. Applicants must submit their grant application by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. The application can be found HERE.

NEW-- If you need help with your utility bill, click HERE for community updates and resource guides. These guides include information about your rights as a residential utility consumer, information on how to get help with your utility bill, and telephone discount programs. In addition, open enrollment for the Maryland Health Connection begins November 1st, 2021 until January 15th, 2022. Visit HERE for more information and to get an estimate on plans.

NEW-- If you had any damage from the recent severe weather, the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management has opened a damage assessment portal for residents and businesses. Those who wish to report must fill out the Anne Arundel County Damage Assessment Data Collection HERE. By filling out this form, constituents can help allocate needed resources for communities to effectively recover. The form will be available until Friday, November 12th.
NEW-- Elijah M. Wilson College Tour

Middle and High School students, you are invited to join Delegates Henson and Jones and Senator Elfreth on a tour of St. John's College and the US Naval Academy.

The tour will take place November 20th from 9am-2pm and includes free breakfast and lunch for all participants.

For more information and to register for the event visit HERE
NEW-- Dinner with the Delegate

You are invited to join Delegate Shaneka Henson for a dinner fundraiser on November 10th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The fundraiser will help support Delegate Henson. The dinner will take place at Pit Boys on 1515 Forest Dr. Annapolis, MD.

If you are unable to attend the dinner, you can still make a donation to Delegate Henson.

RSVP or donate HERE.
NEW-- Annapolis Police Dept. Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Annapolis Police Department is accepting donations of food for a Thanksgiving Food Drive until 11/17. We will be providing Thanksgiving meals to local families and donating the remaining food to local food pantries.
Please check expiration dates. You can drop off donations any time at the police department at 199 Taylor Avenue.
NEW-- CIAA Fan Fest Vendors

Registration for the CIAA basketball tournament Vendor Village is open. Vendors will have the opporuntity to sell their goods, services, and provide tournament goers with information about their exhibit.

To apply visit HERE.

Contact fanfestvendorvillage@gmail.com with any questions.
NEW-- Low Interest Disaster Loans from the SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing loans for businesses and residents who have been affected by the Tropical Storm Ida.

To apply visit HERE under SBA declaration #17229.

You may also contact the SBA for more information by calling 800-659-2955 or by emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
NEW-- Spring Fellowship with Chesapeake Climate Action Network

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is looking for a Policy Fellow for Spring 2022 to assist with research, policy development, and outreach. The fellowship is reserved for persons of color who have a special interest in climate policy.

To apply visit HERE and fill out the application by November 21,2021.
NEW-- Mama & Baby Pantry at Discoveries: the Library at the Mall

If you are in need of supplies for babies, feminine products, or other toiletries they are available to all in need every Saturday.

Saturdays 10am - Noon
NEW-- St. Margaret's Church Grant Program

St. Margaret's Church is currently accepting applicants for their grant program. Those requesting grants must share the some of the same mission priorities as the church such as healing the broken, feeding and providing the poor or hungry with shelter and clothes, sustaining environment health, and confronting structural racism and inequality. Applications are due November 30th.

To apply visit HERE.
NEW-- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Community members can now provide volunteer language interpreter services to taxpayers who are not fluent in English. A basic tax knowledge is helpful, but there are no requirements.

To learn more visit HERE.
NEW-- Maryland Health Connection Enrollment Now Open

Know someone who needs health insurance? Open enrollment through Maryland Health Connection is here!

Marylanders ages 18-34 have access to additional discounts thanks to a new state-funded subsidies pilot program. All plans available through Maryland Health Connection cover important health benefits, including doctor visits, prescriptions, mental health services, and more. Enroll HERE
NEW-- Blood Donors Needed

The Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donors. They are currently working around the clock to meet the needs of their patients and hospitals, but desperately need community members to get involved. All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for type O.

To make an appointment to give blood or platelets, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit HERE, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
NEW-- The Hiring Event

If you are looking for new or better employment, The Hiring Event will be presenting dozens of employment opportunities for you to apply for.

Find your next job at The Hiring Event, Wednesday November 10th from 10am - 3pm

Anne Arundel County Career Center in Linthicum Heights

For more information and to register visit HERE

NEW-- Diabetes Awareness Month Online Workshops

Learn more about Diabetes risk factors and prevention strategies through these virtual workshops.

Diabetes and Oral Health: Tuesday 11/9 (11:30-12:30) Log on HERE.

Healthy Ways to Prevent and Manage Diabetes Thursday 11/18 (11:00-11:30) Register HERE
NEW-- Racial Justice Essay Contest for AACPS Students

This scholarship contest is open to any student attending a public high school in Anne Arundel County. Prizes total at least $5,000.

Students will be asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and discuss its legacy today.

Submissions are due November 15th. For more information visit HERE

Medicare Open Enrollment

If you have Medicare and are looking to review your plans, costs, and compare current plans with new Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare is offering open enrollment from October 15th through December 7th.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program can also help beneficiaries review their benefits and rights. More information on Open Enrollment can be found HERE & more information on the Assistance Program can be found HERE
Rent & Mortgage Tool Kits

If you or someone you know is struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created tool-kits to assist, which include consumer rights, action steps, and listings of financial assistance programs.

More Information regarding this toolkit can be found HERE
Lower Bills with Weatherization Programs
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers a wide range of programs that provide assistance to households to lower their energy bills. Applicants must turn in an OHEP or DHCD application to be screened for approval. Those with questions can call 1-855-583-8976.

More information regarding the programs can be found HERE

 COVID Booster for Eligible Groups 

Find out if you are eligible for a booster.

Moderna or Pfizer? What's the difference? This graphic has some answers. To make an appointment for the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson Booster OR the 3rd dose your COVID vaccines, go to HERE Visit HERE & HERE for more information.

You may now mix and match your booster shots as well. For more information on this, visit HERE.

Breaking Free, a Healing Circle for Men of Color

The Busch Annapolis Library will hold a monthly Men of Color Healing Circle Until February 22, 2022. Register for free sessions by emailing HERE or call 240-988-4662 for more information.
New & Growing Businesses Get Rental Assistance

Businesses with 50 or fewer employees are encouraged to apply to receive rental subsidies of $2,500 per month for 12 months—up to $30,000—to help offset start-up costs to occupy vacant spaces (vacant for past six months or more) in and around Maryland's downtown and main streets.

Find more information and to apply visit HERE 
Survivors Support Group

If you or a loved one has experienced COVID-19, you can join COVIDCONNECT! A virtual support groups that meets every Thursday (6:30-8:00pm).

Learn more HERE
COVID-19 Guidance, Masks & Clinics

Get Help Finding Jobs & Hiring New Employees
State of Maryland COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Department of Labor has guaranteed that they will get to all applicants; however, due to the overwhelming number of applicants, they cannot provide a time estimate. To troubleshoot, go to https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml.

If you are unable to determine your issue through the FAQs featured on the website, please send my office an email explaining the issues you're facing as well as the following information so that we may present that to our Legislative Liaison:
  • Full legal name
  • Phone number
  • Claim/Claimant ID (if applicable)

Please note that Senator Elfreth, Delegate Jones and I submit the same claims.
Pandemic Assistance
Childcare Assistance HERE

Court-Ordered Eviction HERE or call1-800-332-6347

Emergency Shelter call (410) 417-7260 Monday-Friday
24 hours a day, 7 days a week call County Warm Line at 410-768-5522

Energy Assistance (BGE) utility shut offs resumed Nov. 16, 2020 call the Community Action Agency's 24/7 hotline at 833-888-0401

Evictions CDC/DHS eviction moratorium has been renewed through October 3, 2021 preventing the eviction of tenants certain tenants who are unable to make rental payments.

Federal Student Loans (UPDATED: Student loan payments have been suspended through January 31, 2022 for federally held student loans.) HERE

Foreclosure Prevention free confidential counseling call 410-222-7600 HERE

Rental Assistance call 410-222-7600 or HERE

Taxi Voucher Program serving older adults and individuals with disabilities AACO residents call 410-222-4CAB (4222) or click HERE; Annapolis residents call 410-263-7964 or click HERE

Temporary Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps HERE or call1-800-332-6347

Find energy assistance for Maryland residents HERE:
  • The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) helps eligible customers pay for a portion of their current electric bill.
  • The Arrearage Retirement Assistance (ARA) program helps customers with large, past due electric and gas bills receive forgiveness of up to $2,000 toward their past due bill.
  • Bill payment assistance may also be available from the Fuel Fund of Maryland.

NEW-- Utility Resource Guides HERE
Community Food and Necessity Distributions

Below are some food giveaways scheduled for this week:

  • City of Annapolis, Office of Emergency Management, Every Friday 12:00pm-2:00pm, Pip Moyer Recreation center, Every Friday-12-2pm, To be placed on the list, call/e-mail Office of Emergency Management: (410) 216 - 9167; kltisch@annapolis.gov

  • Light of the World Family Ministries at Pip Moyer Rec Ctr., 273 Hilltop Lane Annapolis, MD, every Tuesday 12:00pm-2:00pm, Drive Ups and Walk Ups Food Giveaway.

  • St. Luke’s Food, Baby & Senior Pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave., every Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm, (food, infant formula, diapers and wipes, adult formula supplement and adult incontinence protection items), bring ID.

  • Mills Parole Elementary School, 1 George & Marion Phelps Lane Annapolis, MD, every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 10:00am-12:00pm.

  • Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St Annapolis MD, has a food pantry available ever Wed. and Fri. from 9AM - 11AM.

  • Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forest Drive Annapolis MD, has food giveaway every Tuesday 9:30am-11am (must provide ID and proof of residency)

  • First Baptist Church of Annapolis, 31 W. Washington Street, gives away pantry bags and restaurant prepared meals every Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm

  • Discoveries: the Library at the Mall in Westfield Annapolis Mall, gives away baby/infant supplies and menstrual products every Saturday from 10 am - 12 pm.

Delivery and transportation options are available for those unable to pick-up in person. Call Office of Emergency Management at 410-260-2211 to Schedule a Fresh Food Delivery Option.

Information on regularly scheduled pantries can be found at the top of my newsletter by clicking on the link next to "Food Resources in District 30A." Please send an email to Shaneka.Henson@house.state.md.us if you know of a food resource that should be included in this newsletter.
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