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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...

Mayor Scott Introduces FreeBmoreWiFi, Baltimore's Free Public Wi-Fi Network

Mayor Brandon M. Scott introduced FreeBmoreWiFi - Baltimore City's free public Wi-Fi network.

 

City Utilizing ARPA Funding to Upgrade Several Playgrounds in Connection With Its Rec Rollout'

The City of Baltimore hosted a Day of Play to celebrate plans to upgrade several playgrounds across Baltimore.

 

Mayor Scott Announces Two New Programs to Support Housing Opportunities for People Exiting Homelessness

Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) launched two new programs - the House Baltimore Property Owner Engagement Initiative and the Flex Fund for Diversion and Rapid Resolution.

 

ARPA Insight Stories: Justice-Impacted Workforce Development - Greater Baltimore Urban League

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Justice-impacted job seekers faced unique challenges and disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barriers to employment for justice-impacted individuals existed before the pandemic but were exacerbated in a post-pandemic job market. In August 2022, Mayor Brandon Scott awarded $1 million in ARPA funding to the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL) through the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs for a workforce development program that provides counseling, case management, skills training, and certifications for Baltimore residents returning from incarceration. Click here to read more about Baltimore's continuing work on providing workforce development for justice-impacted individuals through ARPA-partner Greater Baltimore Urban League...

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Mayor Scott Announces $2 Million “Direct Care Worker Relief” Grant Alongside 1199SEIU

Mayor Brandon M. Scott, alongside leadership and members of 1199SEIU, announced an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded investment to provide Baltimore's direct care and service workers needed relief funds.

 

Ground Broken on New Indiana Avenue Playground Funded By ARPA Investment

Mayor Brandon M. Scott joined Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (BCRP) and community members to break ground on a new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded playground project at Indiana Avenue.

 

Mayor Scott Announces $6.25 Million Investment in Baltimore's Arts Community, Including $4.5 Million

Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced additional investments in the arts made possible with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for a combined total of $6.25 million focused on supporting arts and cultural institutions led by diverse artists and groups.

 

ARPA Insight Stories: Confronting and Eliminating Barriers to Immigrant Success 

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During COVID, immigrant and refugee families had fewer resources to sustain themselves financially through the pandemic as many were ineligible for unemployment benefits and other federal aid such as the Payment Protection Plan and child tax credits—further exacerbating economic disparities within these communities. Even families that qualify struggle to navigate complicated program requirements, which are not often available in languages other than English. Public and private entities with bilingual capabilities could help residents with application forms and information, but these organizations are limited in reach due to funding. 

Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the ARPA-funded Baltimore New American Access Coalition (BNAAC) to minimize the economic and social disparities immigrant and refugee families face.Click here to read more about Baltimore's continuing work to confront and eliminate barriers to immigrant success... 

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ARPA Insight Stories: Fighting Food Insecurity

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In May 2022, Mayor Scott announced an $11.1 million ARPA investment for the Department of Planning (DOP) to continue building an equitable and resilient food system. This funding supports five programs 1) Continuation of produce box distribution; 2) Increase online SNAP fruit and vegetable incentives; 3) Expansion of nutrition incentives at farmers’ markets; 4) MedStar Harbor Hospital’s Produce Prescription program; 5) Build the BIPOC local food supply chain by improving access to produce. Click here to learn more about Baltimore's fight against food insecurity...

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