Betamore is a technology, entrepreneurship, and education-focused organization located in an 8,000 sq. foot campus in Federal Hill. Its goal is to foster the growth of a technology community and a technology-savvy workforce in Baltimore City. Betamore’s focus on business incubation and ongoing professional development is the latest iteration of the Abell Foundation’s efforts to support the growing technology industry in Baltimore.
Civic Works created the Retrofit Baltimore program to make it easier for homeowners in Baltimore City to make weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to their houses. Lowering the monthly costs of utilities is critically important to strengthening the financial well-being of low-income families, lessening the need for government utility bill-pay assistance, reducing the likelihood of utility turn-offs, and lowering the environmental costs of energy production and distribution.
In recent years, family homelessness has become an increasing concern, both in Baltimore and nationally. In Baltimore, families with minor children comprise more than a quarter of the city’s homeless population. Because of the unique needs of homeless families with children, homeless service providers have begun to develop new models for serving them. One of the most prominent of these models is called “Rapid Rehousing,” which seeks to move homeless families into permanent housing as quickly as possible. The rapid rehousing model provides short-term rent subsidies and financial assistan
According to the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, “housing cost burden” (households paying a high percentage of monthly income for housing) is “by far the most common housing problem in Baltimore City,” and poor families are especially vulnerable. The Department estimates that more than 25,000 extremely low-income renter households in the city pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing-related costs, placing them at serious risk for eviction if they encounter an unexpected expense or loss of income. With an inadequate supply of affordable housing t
Established in 1979 on the south bank of the Middle Branch Basin, the Baltimore Rowing Club is located between two of Baltimore’s highest poverty neighborhoods, Cherry Hill and Westport. In 2011, the Rowing Club created a new after-school and summer program, called Reach High Baltimore, in an effort to introduce Baltimore City public school students to the benefits of rowing, and to share the club’s resources with children from the surrounding communities. Rowing offers tremendous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility. At the same ti
Litter in Baltimore is a public nuisance that drives down property values, clogs and damages sewers, provides food for rats, and is unhealthy for the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore spends millions of dollars annually on litter collection, street cleaning and watershed cleanup. The city could save money and improve quality of life by more carefully targeting trash collection and litter reporting efforts.
Every Tuesday at 1 pm about a dozen people show up at Civic Works’ training center to learn about opportunities with its Baltimore Center for Green Careers. Some are there at the recommendation of a cousin or friend; others have heard about it from a barber or parole agent. All are there because they want a better job and have heard that Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers (BCGC) can help them get one.
This Abell Report, written by John Clark of the Pretrial Justice Institute, provides an overview of why bail reform is urgently needed in Maryland; explores the recent efforts to achieve reform in Baltimore, and highlights recent progress in other states using evidence-based risk assessments that yield a more just, effective, and cost-efficient pretrial system.
What’s wrong with the current system?