New Haven’s municipal ID card creates community. In 2007, New Haven launched the Elm City Resident’s Card and became the first city to issue a municipal ID card as a strategy to protect and integrate its growing immigrant population into the community. The city’s undocumented residents were previously targets of crime as they carried large amounts of money with them because they did not have bank accounts. The ID card now provides access to a host of services for more than 10,000 residents, from banking to parking to checking out library books. The Elm City card has fostered a sense of community among all its residents and contributed to an increase in crime reporting and a decrease in crime in the city. Read more.
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