||Baltimore Exploring ways to link residents most in need of support to opportunities and resources that will enable them to thrive.
Baltimore is focused on the power of connections. This means finding ways to connect low-income residents with jobs by capitalizing on the purchasing and hiring needs of the City’s many anchor institutions. In addition, Baltimore is focused on reducing recidivism and supporting residents returning from incarceration.
On the one hand, although Baltimore is rich with resources like “ed and med” institutions and a pipeline of investment and redevelopment projects, pervasive poverty still plagues the city–especially along racial lines. This reality came to a head following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. To improve the economic well-being of its low-income residents, Baltimore is harnessing anchor institutions’ hiring and purchasing needs; to date, targeted efforts have provided workforce services for more than 1,200 individuals, job training for over 500, and placed 800 people into job opportunities.
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800 PEOPLE IN JOBS
Efforts in Baltimore have placed 800 people into job opportunities.
In addition, the City recognized that many residents returning home from prison or jail were unaware of the resources and support services available to them. To combat this problem, their City Accelerator team built “Here 4 Reentry,” an online, mobile-friendly platform that offers a toolkit of resources for formerly incarcerated citizens to connect and share experiences. The goals of these efforts are to reduce recidivism, decrease rates of violent crime, and ultimately give residents the support that they need to rebuild their lives.
Baltimore’s efforts to make government more innovative and responsive to residents are bolstered by its participation in the Project on Municipal Innovation.
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The City Accelerator, an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, works within and across cities to advance and promote the spread of promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of residents.
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