Los Angeles: Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Angeleno Connect debit card and mobile app — a program that can be used by the City to disburse financial assistance directly to residents, connect people to City services, and offer free financial services to Angelenos without a bank account.
“Covid-19 laid bare the systemic inequities too often found at the heart of our communities — and as we continue to emerge from this crisis, we must rebuild an economy that truly includes everyone,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “At a time when countless Angelenos are in need of financial assistance and guidance, Angeleno Connect will bring them the benefits of a free debit card, financial support and resources, and direct access to critical City services.”
The program is a result of a partnership with Mobility Capital Finance, Inc, or MoCaFi, which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the card and app. The card, which has already been in use to disburse the City’s allocated Emergency Relief Funding to Angelenos, will give users free transactions, providing a safe debit card for populations without a bank account in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Through the Angeleno Connect website, users can connect to more than 140 of the City’s online services, such as adopting a pet, making a park reservation, or obtaining a business license or permit. Through the mobile app, Angelenos will also be able to access additional materials on crucial financial literacy information, including credit building, small business displacement, and predatory financial services.
In the future, Angelenos will be able to use a single sign-on account for additional City services, including accessing their Los Angeles Department of Water and Power account, filing a MyLA311 request, and enrolling their children in youth sports.
The Angeleno Connect Card is supported by Mastercard’s City Possible™ platform, which helps provide security and extra protection for users of the program.
Leading Indian American Rajendra Vora Founder & President of Beverly Hills Jain Social Group was also present in support of this launch of the Angelino Connect.
Residents may learn more about the program, get an account, or sign up for services by visiting LACity.org/