MARCC program helps people without government IDs

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 17:01:41-04

CINCINNATI -- Dozens of people have picture IDs thanks to a program from the City of Cincinnati and an interfaith group.

The Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) ID card program serves immigrants, returning citizens and homeless people, according to Margaret Fox, the executive director of MARCC.

Fox said having an ID is important for all walks of life.

"It actually has value and is respected by law enforcement, emergency services, housing, all kinds of things," she said.

MARCC and Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio made the card and the city council passed a resolution that gives it value. It allows cardholders access to city services and is recognized by police.

"Having an ID they feel comfortable with approaching law enforcement with is hopefully going to increase the crime reporting, whether they're a victim of crime or a witness," Officer Richard Longworth with the Cincinnati Police Department said.

The MARCC ID does have some limitations. It can't be used to vote. It's not a replacement for a driver's license or a state ID card. 

People applying for the cards Thursday also received health check-ups and fresh produce.