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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2007.
Health & Human Services
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Regional Equity in Housing Project. The purpose is to provide more than 6,000 families the opportunity to move from racially isolated public housing units in Baltimore City to non-impacted, low-poverty, racially integrated neighborhoods throughout the region that offer greater education, employment, and housing opportunities.
For continued support of after-school tutoring and mentoring programs for at-risk students in the Park Heights Community. The program, along with tutoring and mentoring, provides utilities, insurance, and security monitoring for the newly renovated and expanded After-School Institute. Located in one of the poorest and most distressed neighborhoods in Baltimore, B-Spirit offers an opportunity to 50 younger people to take advantage of programming designed to improve their quality of life.
Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc. (BHCA)
For support of a one-year fluoride varnish pilot program for 6,000 low-income Medicaid or uninsured children, ages one to five, in Baltimore City. By partnering with three large pediatric practices: a clinic at the University of Maryland, a community-based clinic operated by Baltimore Medical Systems, and a private practice, BHCA will develop training materials and contract with dental educators who will train pediatricians and nurses to conduct oral health screenings and administer fluoride varnish treatments, and will track the number of children screened and receiving fluoride varnish, then being referred to primary care dental providers.
Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc. (BHCA)
For continued support and expansion of an initiative to assist low-income persons in Baltimore City obtain medical coverage through the Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program and the Primary Adult Care Program. In an effort to help clients overcome barriers to health care, BHCA will provide funds to purchase identity and citizenship documents for clients applying for health care programs.
Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU
For continued support of the Baltimore Stars Basketball Program for 120 inner-city boys, ages eight to 17. This program provides the boys with an opportunity to compete in the AAU state and national basketball tournaments and serves as an incentive to maintain good grades and positive behavior on and off the court. Mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation assistance are available to all Stars players.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation (BNCC)
For continued support of the Patterson Park Youth Programs, including a basketball and football league, a reading club, an art club, and a youth employment project. Serving a minimum of 300 children and youth from the Patterson Park community, BNCC programs are designed to provide safe and healthy recreation. At least 70 adult volunteers act as coaches, mentors, teachers, and tutors. The summer employment program involves eight young people taking part in keeping Patterson Park and the surrounding blocks clean. The inter-generational activities with adults are expected to build positive generational relationships and reduce neighborhood conflicts.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc. (BBBSCM)
For continued support and expansion of the Amachi mentoring program, designed to provide emotional support to 650 children of incarcerated parents. The program links these children with adult mentors, provides professional case management support, and engages the incarcerated in a mentoring program designed to facilitate a comfortable transition after release. BBBSCM will collect data on outcomes, including school performance, substance use, and relationships with peers and adults, so as to keep a measure on how effectively the program is working.
East Baltimore Christian Athletic Association/EZRA
For continued support of youth athletic programs for 375 inner-city children, ages nine to 17. Adult volunteers coach and teach fundamentals of playing organized sports while at the same time instilling values of sportsmanship, hard work, discipline, and respect.
Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.
Costs for expansion of the Baltimore Housing First pilot project for homeless persons with physical and mental disabilities. Based on a national model that places homeless persons in stable housing as a first priority and then follows up with supportive services provided by outreach workers, Baltimore's project expects to provide permanent housing and supportive services to 100 chronically homeless individuals over a five-year period.
Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute
For the development and evaluation of the Urban eClinic Project, an electronic system created to improve health care in an urban setting.
Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.
For support of public education, maintenance, and strengthening the Health Care for All! Coalition. The program functions in a population where more than 21 percent do not have medical insurance and, consequently, need to learn health care options. The objectives of the coalition are to educate the public about Maryland's current health care system and the benefits available to the uninsured and underinsured, and to build grassroots support for a universal health care plan.
Mental Health Policy Institute for Leadership and Training, Inc.
For continued support of the Poverty and Depression Initiative. The program provides educational services to low-income Baltimore City residents about mental health disorders and substance abuse issues at three sites: the Men's Health Center, Healthy State, and Rose Street Community Center.
Mission Possible Ministries, Inc.
For capital expenses for a new facility to provide shelter and services to 21 homeless men in West Baltimore. The Ministries offer clean, safe furnished rooms, two meals a day, and assistance in finding employment and permanent housing. The average stay is 18 months, during which time the men are expected to find employment and become self-sufficient.
On Our Shoulders, Inc.
For the purchase of a 15-passenger van in order to provide transportation for youth from surrounding West Baltimore neighborhoods, enabling them to participate in educational, recreational, leadership development, and preventative street gang activities.
Parks & People Foundation
For continued support of the Hooked on Sports program for Baltimore City public school students. The multi-sport program serves more than 1,100 children and includes soccer, baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse leagues. Along with playing-field skills, participants are taught the basic fundamentals of playing organized sports and the value of teamwork and fair play. The organizers monitor academic achievement and attendance, and encourage achievement and excellence.
Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project, Inc.
Toward the purchase of a building to help support after-school programs for at-risk youth in Southwest Baltimore. Operating as a community center, the project serves approximately 60 children and adolescents in an after-school program providing homework assistance and recreational activities while their parents are working.
Sandi's Learning Center
Continued capital support toward completion of a daycare center in the Rosemont neighborhood of West Baltimore. The center will provide developmental and educational childcare and after-school services for 200 children from birth to 12.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc. (SOBER)
For general support and for the energy assistance program. SOBER provides food supplies and other basic necessities to more than 250 clients per month. Energy assistance grants are awarded to up to 100 clients who have received utility turn-off notices.
The Samaritan Center
Two grants for continued support of the Travel Voucher Program. Up to 500 homeless persons in need of travel assistance will be provided with vouchers for bus travel to destination cities, where there are contacts willing to assist in finding housing.
The Samaritan Center
For continued support of the Eviction Prevention Assistance program at the Samaritan Center. In addition to providing a one-time only grant for past-due rent and requiring each client to contribute toward the unpaid rent balance, the center will assist clients in applying for food stamps, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits, and with problems of unemployment and substance abuse.
For the implementation of an oral health intervention program serving up to 100 homeless persons at the Helping Up Mission. The program will provide follow-up oral health care to clients with oral-health needs identified through on-site screenings or referred by Helping Up Mission's case managers.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Two-year funding for continued support of the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E) initiative. The program has been designed to improve the environmental impact of health care institutions in Maryland over the course of two years by reducing reliance on medical water incinerators, reducing or eliminating the use of mercury-containing and PVC products, increasing reliance on locally grown food products, and conducting workshops for hospital management in an effort to make the hospitals environmentally safe.
Action In Maturity, Inc.
Toward the purchase of a mini-bus to provide affordable transportation for low-income senior citizens in Baltimore City. By expanding transportation opportunities, the program seeks to increase mobility of elderly residents, enabling them to maintain their health and independence, and to create desirable neighborhoods and livable communities.
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Toward support of the alley gating and greening initiative in Baltimore City. As a strategy to reduce crime and excess dumping and to increase property values, the Community Greens concept provides an opportunity for neighborhoods to reclaim their alleyways, broaden the possibilities for involvement in communal life, and improve their communities.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
For support of the Neighborhoods for All Ages project, a pilot program designed to assist older residents to continue to live independently in their own homes by helping them gain access to services and providing them with assistance for home repairs.
Baltimore Community Lending
Toward support of the Baltimore Homeowner Emergency Loan Program (HELP), an initiative to provide refinancing options for predatory loan victims. The program objectives are to refinance 18 predatory loans, to provide two-year financial counseling and budgeting services for each refinanced family through St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, to make referrals to other needed services for 60 families, and to support future class-action lawsuits determined by Civil Justice, Inc. and St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.
Baltimore Development Corporation
Toward continuing support of administrative expenses for Maglev-Maryland, a program to develop a magnetic levitation high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington. When fully operational, the train could reduce travel time between the two cities to less than 20 minutes.
Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative/ABAG
For support of the Transit-Centered Community Development initiative. The focus of the initiative is to expand transit-centered community-development strategies in Station North, West and East Baltimore; to promote and encourage employer investment and support of increased regional transit; to develop a targeted housing acquisition, rehabilitation, and development plan; and to support the creation of mixed-income communities.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
For continued support of expenses for residential and commercial revitalization efforts, including expansion of the Foreclosure Prevention Initiative. To deter disinvestment, the program will work to create conditions to attract investment and new homeowners.
Friends of Patterson Park
For general support of the maintenance of restored facilities and landscapes of Patterson Park. In addition to keeping the park facilities operational and well maintained, the program seeks to provide recreational opportunities, educational outreach, and cultural arts programming in partnership with other community organizations.
Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
For general support of a partnership of banks, foundations, government agencies, and community organizations committed to strengthening underserved neighborhoods. The intent is to increase home values, create standards for property improvement, and increase the level of renovation and improvement in participating neighborhoods targeted for revitalization.
Johns Hopkins University/Environmental Sciences and Policy Programs
For support of Indicators for Urban Sustainability in Watershed 263 in West Baltimore. The project will measure trends in aspects of environmental, economic, and social characteristics related to planned restoration projects in Watershed 263, a systematic and holistic sustainability project. The project includes tree planting, clearing and greening of vacant lots, reducing litter, cleaning streets and alleys, creating community gardens, improving city parks, greening schoolyards, increasing recycling, and supporting community stewardship.
Maryland PIRG Foundation
Toward the implementation of a statewide campaign to promote energy policies focused on efficiency and conservation. MaryPIRG will produce timely and relevant research on models for energy-efficiency and conservation programs and practices, including case studies with cost benefits, funding mechanisms, and best methods of program delivery. Such efforts will encourage the state to pursue energy policies that are consumer-oriented and environmentally sustainable.
Parks & People Foundation
Toward start-up costs of two revenue-producing ventures: Chesapeake Trees, an urban tree nursery; and Baltimore City Wood Works, LLC, a waste wood reuse/recycle business. The purpose is threefold: to grow and sell local urban-appropriate tree species that can be used to increase the tree canopy; create opportunities for city residents to learn about environmental restoration/mitigation projects; and generate examples of successful environmental social ventures.
Patterson Park Community Development Corporation
For continued support of an initiative to clean streets and alleys in the Patterson Park community. The effort is intended to help eliminate trash and create a visually appealing, comfortable, and secure community in the 22-block area.
Public Justice Center, Inc.
For continued support of the Tenant Advocacy Project. The objectives are to reduce the number of eviction cases and the number processed through the court and to eliminate the practice of depositing tenant belongings in the public right-of-way and the cost of chattel pickup and disposal.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore
To fund the salary of a part-time program manager. The program manager's responsibilities include client relations, and volunteer and contractor management. This intensive oversight will help Rebuilding Together Baltimore to increase the numbers of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, disabled, and families with children, served in targeted neighborhoods.
Resources for the Future
Toward expenses in support of a conference to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Maryland's Smart Growth legislation. The conference is expected to identify strengths and weaknesses in the law, to present an assessment of how the Smart Growth laws are working, and to develop programming to strengthen state and local laws.
Skatepark of Baltimore, Inc.
Toward planning and pre-development costs of building a public skatepark for Baltimore City skateboarders, bikers, and rollerbladers.
University of Maryland/Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Capital funding for construction of a new journalism building to establish The Abell Professorship in Baltimore Journalism. Each semester the professorship will provide the opportunity for eight to 10 students to develop stories on timely and important issues affecting quality of life in Baltimore City.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
A Step Forward, Inc.
Two grants for pre-development and renovation costs for a property to be used as a Single Room Occupancy facility to house recovering substance abusers. The newly renovated house, with its capacity to serve up to eight men, will be operated as an Oxford House, a democratically run, self-supporting, and drug-free facility. The residents will receive support and services from A Step Forward, Inc. until permanent housing becomes available.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
For continued support of the Turn About Program, a transitional program that provides reentry services, case management, and self-advocacy training for female ex-offenders.
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.
For continued funding of the three-year Threshold to Recovery initiative. The program seeks to demonstrate that threshold centers are a low-cost, high-volume, and effective means of increasing access to treatment, retaining patients in treatment, and sustaining recovery. Threshold centers distinguish themselves from other drug treatment centers in that they remain open for extended hours, accept walk-ins, and offer alternative healing therapies such as Tai Chi, acupuncture, and meditation.
Bright Hope House, Inc.
Emergency funding to cover interim operating costs of a residential drug treatment program in Sandtown-Winchester, until Bright Hope House becomes certified as a fee-for-service provider.
For continued support of the Re-entry Partnership Initiative in West Baltimore, including salaries for the program director and casework coordinator. The initiative links offenders returning to the community with integrated services located in East and West Baltimore to provide transition from prison back into community.
Citizens Planning and Housing Association
Toward support of Access to Housing, a program designed to set standards for housing of homeless, ex-offenders, and recovering addicts. Baltimore Area Association for Supportive Housing (BAASH) will continually assess quality of housing for the homeless, and provide guidance on best practices. BAASH will train and provide technical assistance to new providers upon request.
Foundation of Hope, Inc.
For operating costs to provide supportive housing for 13 men and 20 women in Baltimore City who are recovering from substance abuse. Fountain of Hope operates five houses with minimum stays of six months, during which time clients seek and secure employment, enroll in a higher education program, and participate in ongoing self-help groups. Residents may stay as long as one year if they need additional time to make the transition back into the community.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
For continued support of Dee's Place, a 24-hour substance abuse recovery center serving residents in East Baltimore. As a key partner in the Threshold to Recovery initiative, Dee's Place offers counseling, auricular acupuncture, case management, mental health services, referrals for jobs, housing, and counseling programs throughout the night, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Two-year funding to support salaries and benefits of a case manager and employment counselor for Serenity Place, a permanent housing facility for Marian House graduates. By providing stable housing, the program intends to increase the potential for women to obtain employment, while promoting self-worth and confidence.
No Turning Back Supportive Housing for Men/A Step Forward, Inc.
For the purchase and installation of a new HVAC system, and to cover costs of office supplies and staffing for a transitional housing facility for men recovering from substance abuse. The facility provides housing for up to one year, financial counseling, nutritional classes, family reunification services, along with job readiness and an opportunity to work for a landscaping and hauling business.