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Port of Baltimore Worker Support Program

The Port of Baltimore Worker Support Program provides temporary relief to Port workers who have lost work and income due to the reduction in Port operations following the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

The program gives a $430 weekly payment to individuals who regularly worked at the Port before the bridge collapse and need assistance given a loss of job hours and income since then. To be eligible, applicants need to have worked at the Port of Baltimore at least 25 times or have earned at least $5,000 from Port jobs between January 1 and March 26, 2024. As part of the application, workers need to provide documentation that they regularly worked at the Port of Baltimore and verify their employment.

Here is the online application: https://maryland-dol.submittable.com/submit

The last day to submit new applications to the Worker Support Program is June 28, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

On Monday, June 17, 2024, the Department’s temporary Port office will move to the Eastpoint American Job Center located at 7930 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. The office will be open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Who is eligible for the Worker Support Program?

Individuals who regularly worked at the Port of Baltimore and who have lost work and income due to the reduction in Port operations following the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. Applicants need to have worked at the Port at least 25 times or have earned at least $5,000 from Port jobs between January 1 and March 26, 2024.
Eligible workers include:

  • Independent contractors
  • Individual owner-operators
  • Sole proprietors
  • Single person Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  • Employees of a Port business or trade association
  • Workers who receive a 1099 tax form from a Port business

How much money can I receive and for how many weeks?

Eligible workers receive a $430 payment by check for each week of reduced pay since the bridge collapse. The first week of compensation started March 26, 2024. The final week workers may be eligible for compensation though the Worker Support Program will be June 18 - June 24, 2024. New applications may be submitted until June 28, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Eligible workers can receive a maximum of 13 weeks of relief if their income and work hours remained reduced from what they earned pre-bridge collapse.

Am I eligible if I also apply for and receive Unemployment Insurance?

Yes. Port workers who are eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) can also apply to the Worker Support Program as long as an applicant’s UI benefits are less than their previous income from work at the Port.

Do I have to recertify every week similar to Unemployment Insurance?

Yes, after your application is approved you will receive an email from the program every week asking you to certify your income remains lower than before the bridge collapse.

What identification and documents do I need to apply?

  1. U.S. or state-government-issued photo identification
  2. A real-time photograph taken by smartphone or webcam during the application process
  3. Proof of access to the Port. Acceptable identification includes:
    • A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card)
    • A terminal ID badge
    • A Port employer-provided ID badge
  4. Two documents that provide proof of work performed at the Port from the list below:
    • 2023 W-2 from Port of Baltimore employer
    • 2023 1099 from Port of Baltimore contractor
    • Copy of paystub(s) from 2024 from a Port of Baltimore employer
    • Canceled check(s) from 2024 from a Port of Baltimore employer/contractor
    • Evidence of direct deposits(s) from 2024, from a Port of Baltimore employer/contractor
    • Interchange ticket(s) from 2024, for containers moved from the Port of Baltimore

How do I apply?

The online application is at https://maryland-dol.submittable.com/submit.

Can I get help over the phone or in person with the application?

You can call 410-541-1363 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday) or e-mail mdportsupport@submittable.com for assistance.

The Department previously set up a temporary Port office at 2501 Broening Highway near the Seagirt terminal. On Monday, June 17, the office moved to the Eastpoint American Job Center located at 7930 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. The office will be open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19.

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