This morning, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved an updated plan to distribute $400 prepaid cards to up to 15,000 Baltimore City residents hardest hit by COVID-19 and the economic impact. OSI and the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success (MOCFS) are leading the initiative in partnership with 13 community-based organizations who serve those most in need and will help connect them to this resource. Read the Sun story on the vote.
OSI initially announced this program in the Fall, but the launch was delayed when a national vendor administering the project fell through. Local organization Baltimore’s Promise stepped in to administer the project, which will all us to leverage the infrastructure created for this project to quickly respond to other urgent community needs in the future.
Check out this great story on WMAR last night, including interviews with MOCFS Director Tisha Edwards and Cathy Pitchford of the Center for Urban Families, one of the community-based partners on the project.