The recipients of Baltimore City’s Clean Corps competitive grant program using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act have been announced.
Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore City Department of Planning, the Department of Public Works and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs have announced the recipients of the Clean Corps competitive grant program. Clean Corps is an initiative to provide employment to Baltimore residents to clean 16 neighborhoods as part of the City’s strategy to clean and maintain public spaces in historically disinvested neighborhoods throughout Baltimore.
“Every Baltimorean deserves to live in a clean, thriving community,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “We must take bold, yet measurable steps to immediately abate vacant lots, dispose of trash and debris and empty public trash cans throughout our communities – especially those communities that have been historically overlooked and underserved. Through Clean Corps we are actively expanding our capacity to maintain neighborhoods and proactively address blighted spaces, all while providing meaningful employment for residents in our communities” (Press Release).
Clean Corps is fueled by a $14.6M investment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds distributed through a competitive grant process in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs and the Baltimore Civic Fund. Six community-based organizations will hire and train local residents at a rate of $15/per hour to clean and maintain vacant lots and alleys, remove street debris and empty public trash cans in select communities.
The selected Clean Corps grantees are:
- Bon Secours Baltimore Community Works, Inc. will work with the residents of the Boyd-Booth, Penrose, Fayette Street Outreach, Carrollton Ridge, and Franklin Square neighborhoods.
- Broadway East Community Development Corporation will work with the residents of the Broadway East and East Baltimore-Midway neighborhoods
- Civic Works, Inc. will work with the residents in the Coldstream, Homestead and Montebello (CHM), Darley Park and Four by Four neighborhoods.
- Park Heights Renaissance, Inc. will work with the residents of the Arlington and Greenspring neighborhoods.
- The Lazarus Rite, Inc. will work with the residents of Harlem Park, Penn-North, Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and Druid Heights neighborhoods