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State ID Program for Low-Income Residents

3/7/2019


Media contact:
Miranda Pomiecko: (216) 698-2546; mpomiecko@cuyahogacounty.us


Over 6,000 Identification Documents Obtained for People in Need in 2018

CLEVELAND – Everyone needs identification documentation. In some cases, it is required to enter public buildings. A State ID is needed to obtain a job, qualify for healthcare and other public benefits, to vote, to enroll children in school, to apply for public housing or non-subsidized housing, and much more. Without an identification, people are blocked from receiving the most basic services and activities.

Cuyahoga County is continuing its commitment to ensure all residents have equal access to obtain a State ID. The Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services is submitting an award recommendation in the amount of $170,000 to West Side Catholic Center in connection with the Identification Crisis Collaborative (IDCC) to assist low income and disabled persons obtain identification documents.

“An ID is maybe the most important document you can have,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “It opens the doors to jobs, benefits, education and housing, but for people who are challenged by disability, mobility or low-income, obtaining an ID can seem almost impossible. The Identification Crisis Collaborative works to remove the barriers that exist so that individuals and families can get an ID and access the health care, housing, and jobs that they need.”

In 2018, over 6,000 identification documents were obtained for people in need. These include over 4,000 birth certificates, over 2,100 State IDs and 250 replacement drivers’ licenses.

“The ID Crisis Collaborative is a unique collaboration of faith-based and community organizations that meets people where they are and provides services at 29 sites. The Collaborative provides these services at a fraction of what it would cost for Cuyahoga County to duplicate them through government agencies,” Cuyahoga County Councilman Dale Miller stated.