Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Card-Carrying Pghers a Bridge Id Card Could Serve Many in Need

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Card-Carrying Pghers a Bridge Id Card Could Serve Many in Need

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The mayor's office is investigating the possibility of offering a municipal identification card to residents who lack valid identification to access basic services. They are calling the proposed card the Bridge ID.

For those who routinely use a driver's license as an ID card, this may seem unnecessary. But thousands of residents do not have a driver's license and do not plan to get one. They may have difficulty opening a bank account, renting an apartment, finding a job or accessing social services.

Among the populations that may be affected are the formerly incarcerated, veterans, seniors, immigrants and refugees, youth, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness and minority groups. As part of his Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative, Mayor Bill Peduto is looking for ways to include these populations in the city's growth.

The card would also have the potential to link holders to membership in city museums, libraries and other cultural venues. …

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