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Neighborhoods with high child poverty rates to receive new state funding

By meerna Jul11,2024
Neighborhoods with high child poverty rates to receive new state funding

BALTIMORE — Many local communities could soon receive up to $5 million from the state to help combat child poverty, under Gov. Wes Moore’s new Office of Children’s Affairs.

The state announced today that certain disenfranchised neighborhoods can now apply for grants through the ENOUGH (Engaging Neighborhoods, Organizations, Unions, Governments and Households) program, which will provide up to $10 million in annual grants.

These neighborhoods must have been “disproportionately affected by systems and policies that limit wealth creation and economic mobility” — which includes large parts of Baltimore City; parts of Middle River and Essex in Baltimore County; parts of Joppa (the Magnolia area) and Aberdeen (east of Route 40) in Harford County; and parts of downtown Annapolis, Brooklyn Park, and Maryland City in Anne Arundel County.

Baltimore areas eligible for the new grant program are marked in yellow

State of Maryland

Baltimore areas eligible for the new grant program are marked in yellow

These neighborhoods have at least one census tract where more than 30 percent of children live in poverty and a school where the percentage of children living in poverty is at least 80 percent.

New Grant Program Eligibility Criteria

State of Maryland

New Grant Program Eligibility Criteria

Grants will range from $65,000 to $5 million.

Communities must demonstrate they can evaluate the programs they use to help residents succeed, work with diverse partners and address challenges “strategically and holistically.”

Baltimore City Councilwoman Phylicia Porter, who represents much of South Baltimore, said her district is using the initiative “to repair decades of underinvestment and create an end to concentrated poverty … for so many traditional communities.”

In Baltimore County, the project will “break cycles of poverty” and build on existing community initiatives in Essex County, said County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

The grants could go towards a variety of causes, from child care and early childhood education to affordable housing, public safety and other social programs.

It’s all part of Moore’s new initiative to help communities struggling with generational poverty through the ENOUGH Act.

By meerna

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