ARPA Insight Stories: A Clean Corps Initiative

Clean Corps isn't just a cleanup crew—it's a symbol of hope and progress. Clean Corps is a multi-agency project that combines the efforts of the Mayor's Office of Recovery Programs, Department of Public Works, Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development,  Mayor's Office of Employment Development, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and the Baltimore Civic Fund, led by the Department of Planning as part of the Baltimore Green Network. Funded by ARPA, this initiative combines workforce development, equity, and community empowerment to realize Mayor Brandon M. Scott's vision of a cleaner, healthier Baltimore.  

Since January 2023, our dedicated Clean Corps crews have been on the front lines, working tirelessly to rid our communities of trash and debris. Together, we've removed nearly 650 tons of waste through over 10,000 cleaning and mowing services in 16 targeted neighborhoods!  

But it's not just about cleaning up—Clean Corps creating opportunities. Over 120 unemployed, underemployed, and returning residents have been trained and employed by Clean Corps, with some transitioning to full-time positions with other employers such as the Department of Public Works.

To showcase the incredible impact of Clean Corps, we've partnered with the Department of Planning and Mayor's Office of Recovery Programs to bring you an insightful profile. Hear from crew members, neighbor leaders, residents, and elected officials about how Clean Corps improves neighborhoods and lives. #bmoreclean #ARPAinACTION

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ARPA Insight Stories: Bridging Baltimore’s Digital Divide: Creating a Community-led Digital Inclusion Effort

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Mayor Brandon M. Scott launched the Digital Equity Fund through the BDE in April 2023. The initiative supports the creation of community-led digital inclusion plans and provides funding for communities to bring those plans to life. The Digital Equity Fund, managed by the Baltimore Civic Fund, was initially seeded with $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding. Grant Recipients of the Digital Equity Fund, which currently supports 22 Baltimore-based organizations with over 27 digital inclusion projects, have started work on their programs for closing Baltimore’s digital divide

Click here to read more about Baltimore's continuing work to create a community-led digital inclusion network using ARPA funding...