Our model revolves around developing homes for a range of families at the scale necessary to transform neighborhoods and catalyze reinvestment. We take a comprehensive approach to redevelopment that relies on community planning, data-driven market analysis, and partnerships with local workers and contractors.
Healthy affordable homes are the foundation on which families thrive and neighborhoods grow. At the heart of our mission is the redevelopment and preservation of abandoned homes–many of which had been abandoned for decades–as stable housing for low- and moderate-income families.
Our development team works with communities to plan and prioritize projects, conducts property and market analysis, secures financing, and guides projects from concept to completion. We partner with local and minority-owned contractors, supervise design and construction, and manage adherence to historic preservation and energy efficiency standards. Once we complete homes, we either sell them to qualified homebuyers, or our property management arm rents them to tenants at affordable rents and then manages them and maintains them over time.
We have rebuilt over 200 abandoned homes since 2008, along with 25 new single-family homes. We have sold 65 of these homes to new homeowners and maintain 170 as high-quality workforce rental housing. This level of intervention has enabled us to eradicate local blight and to stabilize distressed neighborhood housing markets.
Project Portfolio: Oliver/Broadway East Scattered Site
We have strategically partnered to develop three apartment buildings along East Baltimore’s reemerging Greenmount Avenue corridor, creating almost 200 affordable, state-of-the-art apartments, including 60 units at 700 East Chase Street that we completed and fully occupied in 2021. These projects complement our single-family housing by activating large vacant sites, preserving neighborhood affordability, and creating the density to attract larger reinvestments in key locations.
We have also partnered on projects outside of Baltimore in which a locality has sought our support. These projects include the construction of over 370 homes across New Jersey–including close to 100 homeownership opportunities–and the revitalization of a 40-unit development in Delaware.
Project Portfolio: City Arts Apartments
Along with our substantial residential development, we have converted five abandoned corner properties in or near Oliver/Broadway East into new storefront opportunities for small businesses and nonprofits, including our own office space at 1129 North Caroline Street. This revitalization provides opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and social enterprises to establish themselves in a growing neighborhood, and it provides amenities and gathering places to both new and legacy residents.
RECLAIM, REIMAGINE, RESTORE
As we expand our community revitalization work in Johnston Square and beyond, we are piloting a new three-stage model to advance housing reconstruction. By using a “stabilization-first” strategy, we will more quickly eliminate the dangers posed by abandoned rowhomes and create a safer and more cost-effective way to rebuild them.
Stabilize the roofs, walls, and interiors of clusters of 30-40 abandoned rowhomes to prevent further decay and decline, keep neighbors safe, and scale up this most costly and risky reconstruction phase.
Engage architects and engineers to develop new layouts and designs that can be adapted to multiple stabilized property shells, minimizing the need for one-off designs and simplifying renovation.
Hire local builders and tradespeople to safely construct our replicable designs and restore the properties as high-quality homes that are attainable for local families.