Fort Wayne Mayor, Catholic Charities announce Community ID Card Program

While these cards do not count as driver’s licenses or voter IDs, Henry hopes they can make new Fort Wayne citizens feel more comfortable within in the city.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 6:04 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2021 1:37 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — If most people need to show ID at a grocery, bank or during a traffic stop, they'll just pull out their driver’s license.

But not everyone living in Fort Wayne has one.

Mayor Tom Henry and Catholic Charities are hoping to provide another option.

"All the city’s services that we offer that ask for some form of ID, this will be accepted as a form of ID," Henry said.

Henry is talking about the Fort Wayne Community Identification Card.

He officially set up the ID program with Thursday morning’s executive order.

Catholic Charities will run the program, which CEO Daniel Florin says will help welcome people who may otherwise feel isolated in the community.

"We deal on a daily basis with people that are on the margins of society, and a lot of the people that we’re serving do not have identification," Florin said. "So this will help them, and it fits squarely in our mission to serve those people, to give them the opportunity to transform their own lives."

Fort Wayne citizens can purchase a card from Catholic Charities for $20 or $25, depending on age.

While these cards do not count as driver’s licenses or voter IDs, Henry hopes they can make new Fort Wayne citizens feel more comfortable within the city.

"Particularly those in the Hispanic community, the Burmese community and several others, we found out that a real challenge for many of them was a form of identification to access city services," Henry said.

He hopes this program can change that, as it has already in cities like South Bend, Goshen and Elkhart.

"We wanted to make sure that our city was as inclusive as we say it is," Henry said.

If you live in Fort Wayne and want a Community ID card, you can make an appointment here at the Catholic Charities building.

The program starts next week and is available to all Fort Wayne residents, even kids.

To be eligible, you would need to provide proof of residence and two forms of identity, such as a passport, foreign driver’s license, or school ID.

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