Seeking Services After Port of Baltimore Closure?


The closure of the Port of Baltimore poses many challenges that will be ongoing for some time. The Maryland Department of Labor has set up a dedicated phone number for individuals who need help applying for unemployment insurance. Unemployment Insurance Hotline 667-930-5989, Option 1.


Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) is here to help you and has services available for both individuals and businesses.




Staff are assisting individuals with filing applications for Unemployment Insurance, including True ID verification. AAWDC also is helping connect individuals to resources such as temporary jobs and other supportive services that would help during this difficult time. Contact the Anne Arundel County Career Center to get connected to the resources you need. You can call, email, or visit for services.



Anne Arundel County Career Center

613 Global Way
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Career Resource Room open: 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday

Phone: 410-424-3240



Port of Baltimore Emergency Worker Support Program

  • Provide temporary cash assistance to Port workers. Individuals eligible include employees of Port businesses who have lost pay and work hours and independent contractors/solo owner-operators who regularly work at the Port and have experienced a reduction of income since the Key Bridge collapse.
  • Click Here to learn more and apply





Welcome to the Francis Scott Key Bridge Disaster Workforce Service, a dedicated initiative by the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) aimed at supporting the Anne Arundel County business community during this challenging time. Here's how we can assist you:


  • Application Assistance. In partnership with Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, we extend support to individuals and businesses in navigating and completing applications for temporary relief programs as they become available.
    • Port of Baltimore Worker Retention Program - Maryland Department of Labor

      • ​It is the prerogative of the state and affected communities to prevent employee layoffs resulting fromt he Port closure. Businesses facing this challenge can apply for up to $200,000 in grant funding.
    • Port of Baltimore Emergency Assistance Program - Maryland Department of Commerce
      • ​Businesses reliant on the Port of Baltimore may qualify for up to $100,000 in flexible operating revenue.
    • Neightborhood BusinessWorks Program - Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
      • ​Small businesses in need to support for regular operating expenses may be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 for low-interest loans of up to $500,000.
    • For more information or to apply for these programs, click here.
  • Temporary Job Placement.  Access alternative employment opportunities through the AAWDC Business Solutions Employment Portal, facilitating temporary job placements for those impacted by the FS Key Bridge collapse.  AAWDC Business Solutions Employment Portal
  • Training Initiatives.  Explore our Incumbent Worker Training and Reskilling Programs tailored to help you retain and upskill your employees affected by the suspension of positions due to the FS Key Bridge incident.



Count on AAWDC's Business Solutions to stand with you through these challenges, providing vital resources and assistance to help rebuild and thrive in the aftermath.


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