On July 14, 2022, Mayor Scott launched the Squeegee Collaborative – a cross-section of squeegee workers, business, community, nonprofit and government stakeholders that will work together to reimagine the city’s comprehensive squeegee strategy. The collaborative’s approach will be rooted in equity and will work to: (1) tackle the systems that contribute to the challenges faced by squeegee workers, (2) address the safety of squeegee workers and motorists and (3) bring together community members and squeegee workers to adopt a final set of recommendations to address the challenges and opportunities squeegeeing presents to the Baltimore community.
The Scott Administration is building on the 90 Day Squeegee Action Plan released in November, 2022. Since November, MOAAME has:
- Connected 42 youth to subsidized employment in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
- Piloted a same day work program in partnership with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, which employed 24 young people to supplement the Downtown Partnership’s clean Corp during CIAA.
- They made 19 additional employment offers for jobs at government agencies during the July 7th Job readiness event and hiring fair at the Reginald F Lewis Museum
- MOAAME has Engaged 30 youth, half of which are youth that squeegee in a summer rites of passage program at Coppin State University as part of Youth work
- And today – on President and Lombard streets we are continuing our efforts to connect young people that squeegee with resources right on the corners where they squeegee. Through our resources to the corner events, we provide employment, housing, education, mental health and other resources to our youth
The squeegee collaborative is committed to including bold ideas, suggestions and recommendations from Baltimorean’s city-wide during our strategy development process. There are multiple ways to get involved!