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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2008.
Health & Human Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc .
For continued support and expansion of the Amachi mentoring program for 650 children of incarcerated parents. The program is designed to match the children with caring and responsible adult mentors while, at the same time, providing case-management support for families, guardians, and volunteers. The program will continue to collect data on outcomes, including school performance, substance use, delinquent behavior, relationships with peers and adults, and degree of achieved self-confidence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County
Toward the implementation of Project Learn, an after-school mentoring program for 300 at-risk youth in the O'Donnell Heights and Brooklyn/Curtis Bay communities. Project Learn activities include Power Hour—the first hour of the afternoon activities set aside for children to complete homework, receive tutoring, and work on computers, as well as art activities, health education, and recreational activities. In addition, the program emphasizes parent involvement in club activities.
Catholic Charities/The Samaritan Center
Two grants for continued support of eviction prevention and traveler's aide programs administered by The Samaritan Center. The center provides direct financial assistance to homeless and low-income individuals in Baltimore City, helping them avoid eviction and utility termination, and providing transportation vouchers to those stranded in Baltimore without lodging. Clients are referred to other counseling services to obtain income support, such as food stamps, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits, and referrals to job training and placement.
Empire Homes of Maryland
Capital funding toward the completion of Restoration Gardens, a 43-unit permanent supportive rental housing development in the lower Park Heights community, to serve homeless, at-risk young adults, ages 18 to 24. These affordable units will be subsidized by Section 8 vouchers. Referrals to supportive services, such as job training and placement, substance abuse treatment and mental health services will be provided to enable the residents to gain the stability and skills needed to live independently.
Food Research & Action Center
Toward support of Maryland Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger program for low-income residents of Baltimore City. The purpose of the program is to reduce hunger in Maryland by forming and coordinating a strong, antipoverty coalition, and working on common solutions.
Good Shepherd Center
Toward renovations to the Good Shepherd Center, a residential treatment facility providing services to troubled adolescent females. Renovations are being made in the physical plant to meet the special needs of residents with emotional disorders.
Healthy Teen Network
Toward costs related to the relocation of Healthy Teen Network's headquarters from Washington, DC to Baltimore City. The teen pregnancy prevention program is focused on providing comprehensive educational resources to professionals working in the areas of adolescent reproductive health, with an emphasis on pregnancy prevention and supportive services for teen parenting.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc. (HEBCAC)
Three-year funding to provide mental health screening, education, and treatment for youth enrolled in the HEBCAC Youth Opportunity employment and training program. In partnership with Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, the program will focus on mental health education and staff training to address mental health needs of clients and increase the capacity to provide on-site treatment. By reducing the stigma associated with mental health treatment, the program anticipates that more clients will access available on-site mental health services. The program will track data on length and type of services received, retention in the program, GED attainment, and job placement.
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
For support of "Housing First," a program designed to reduce chronic homelessness by providing immediate access to permanent housing, coupled with voluntary services to address underlying problems, such as mental illness and addictions. Funds from the grant will address legal issues related to the administration of the program, how candidates for the program are identified and assessed, and how to assure the legal rights of homeless individuals.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
To develop and disseminate a report on the potential effects of an alcohol tax increase on the public health and economy in Maryland.
Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.
Toward support of the Health Care Enrollment Campaign for Baltimore City, to encourage newly eligible low-income Baltimore City residents to enroll in Medicaid. The campaign will include dissemination of information about the new Medicaid eligibility guidelines and benefits conferred under Medicaid coverage. Outreach coordinators will distribute applications and provide assistance to people who are eligible for and want to enroll in the new program.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.
Toward the cost of leasehold improvements for expansion of existing office space used by NAMI volunteers and staff. Serving more than 7,000 clients a year, NAMI provides educational programs, support groups, training workshops, and other resources for persons with mental illness and their family members. The facility will offer two new meeting areas, dedicated space for volunteers, handicap-accessible facilities, and upgraded HVAC systems.
Neighbor to Family
For the recruitment, screening, licensing, and training of new foster caregivers for the Neighbor to Family Sibling Foster Care Program in Baltimore City. The addition of 30 new family foster homes will help house and meet the special needs of a minimum of 60 siblings in foster care, and work toward reunification with their biological families whenever possible.
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 students participating in soccer, baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse leagues. This after-school program stresses the basic fundamentals of organized sports, and the value of teamwork and fair play. The organizers monitor academic achievement and attendance; participants are required to maintain a "C" average and at least a 95 percent school attendance rate.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc. (SOBER)
For general operating support and to fund the program's energy assistance grants. Each month, SOBER provides food supplies in the form of snack bags to the homeless, three-day supplies for individuals and families, and basic necessities to more than 290 clients. Energy assistance grants are awarded to up to 100 clients who have received utility turn-off notices.
The Downtown Sailing Center
For support of the center's outreach programs, which include an Accessible Sailing Program for persons with physical disabilities, as well as sailing instruction programs for children from disadvantaged communities. The program utilizes volunteers to help maintain optimum instructor-to-sailor ratios, and teaches safety, self-confidence, communication, leadership skills, and teamwork.
The Humanitarian, Inc.
For support of mentor training materials, trainer/consultant, and mentoring screening fees to expand an after-school mentoring program for 80 at-risk youth in selected West Baltimore communities. Up to 40 mentors, trained by consultants certified by the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, will commit to participate in the program for at least one year and meet with the mentee for at least eight hours a month. The mentors will focus on helping each mentee reach his or her goals and develop decision-making skills.
For the continued support of an oral health intervention program serving up to 200 homeless persons at the Helping Up Mission. The program offers oral health education, screenings, dental care, and restorative health care with work done mostly by volunteer dentists, dental students, and nursing students.
1000 Friends of Maryland
Two-year funding to advance education on comprehensive land use and transportation policy reform at state and local levels. 1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for statewide policies that address land use and transportation planning, and focus on promoting infill and redevelopment, and promote land conservation and protection of sensitive areas and farmland.
Arundel Habitat for Humanity
Toward the renovation of eight rowhouses in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Baltimore City. Using the national Habitat for Humanity model, Arundel Habitat staff supervises volunteer crews to perform the majority of work on each house, including demolition, framing, and finishing. Construction focuses on energy-efficient appliances and windows. Each of the houses is sold to a low-income household at 0 percent financing offered by Arundel Habitat.
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers/ Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative
To strengthen the capability of community development organizations in targeted neighborhoods offering assistance to households facing foreclosure. Support is given to groups providing pre- and post-purchase counseling and legal assistance.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
For continued support of Clean Streets Program in the Patterson Park community. The program calls for daily cleaning of streets, sidewalks, and alleys, and weekly dumpster roll-offs for bulk trash. The effort is intended to help eliminate trash and create a visibly appealing, comfortable, and secure community in the 22-block area.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
For support of the Home Maintenance Program for low-income, elderly homeowners in Southeast Baltimore. The purpose of the program is to assist the elderly to remain in their homes; improve the safety and livability of the neighborhood housing stock; and enhance neighborhood stability by responding to home maintenance calls, making minor repairs, and helping to negotiate upkeep issues.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
For continued support of residential and commercial revitalization efforts, including the Foreclosure Prevention Initiative. The objectives of the program are to expand foreclosure counseling service delivery in Northeast Baltimore to the Greater Lauraville community, track investor home-buying activity in Belair-Edison, track foreclosure activity in Belair-Edison, and engage renters through pre-purchase homeownership counseling, and encourage homeowner use of incentives to strengthen the residential real estate market.
Charles Village Community Foundation, Inc.
Challenge grant for support of the Trash Basket Initiative, in operation evenings and weekends. Funding will support purchase of a truck and associated costs, fuel, insurance, and maintenance. The goal of the program is to eliminate trash on streets and alleys in Charles Village, improve the appearance of the neighborhood, and encourage resident retention and reinvestment in their homes and neighborhood.
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Toward the Urban Greening Initiative designed to help meet Baltimore City's goal to expand the green cover in urban areas and double the tree canopy in 30 years. This grant will help fund the planting of 4,500 to 5,000 trees; provide technical assistance and support to nine low- and moderate-income neighborhoods participating in their competitive sub-grant process; and reach out to other neighborhood organizations, encouraging them to work with and support grassroots and resident-based efforts.
For continued support of Project Lightbulb, an energy conservation pilot project in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello and Belair-Edison neighborhoods. This program offers free home-energy education and energy-saving assistance to low-income households. Trained AmeriCorps members implement practical strategies to combat rising energy costs including hot water heater and water-pipe insulation, lightbulb replacement with compact fluorescent bulbs, installation of carbon-monoxide detectors, low-flow showerheads and faucets, and setting appropriate thermostat temperatures.
For support of the Weatherization for Nonprofits Pilot Program, which provides ten transitional housing facilities with services to improve energy efficiency. The objectives are to decrease operating costs, reduce energy consumption, improve the quality of supportive housing facilities, and develop an air sealing and insulation training program for replication.
Everyman Theatre, Inc .
Toward the renovation of the former Town Theatre, located at Fayette and Eutaw Streets, to create a new, expanded, and permanent home for Everyman Theatre. The four-story building will provide ample space for rehearsal halls; meeting rooms; scene, costume, and prop shops; administrative offices; a lobby; and increased seating capacity in the theater.
Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc .
For continued support of neighborhoods targeted for revitalization. Healthy Neighborhoods, a partnership of banks, foundations, government, and community organizations, provides operating grants and a home purchase and improvement loan program to help underserved neighborhoods increase home values, market their communities, maintain efforts for property improvement, and increase the level of renovation and investment.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
For energy management and security system expenses of 901 North Milton Avenue in the Madison East End neighborhood. This newly renovated 55,000-square-foot building is fully leased with nonprofit and minority-owned business tenants at affordable rents, and serves as a community center.
Maryland ACORN/ACORN Institute, Inc.
To hire organizers and housing counselors for ACORN Housing in Maryland to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners in preventing foreclosure. ACORN expects to counsel at least 1,000 Baltimore City residents, help refinance at least 40 borrowers who are struggling with unmanageable loan payments, negotiate loan modifications and payment plans, and reach out to targeted homeowners having difficulty making mortgage payments.
Newborn Holistic Ministries, Inc.
Challenge grant toward renovation costs of the Harris-Marcus Community Center at 1947 Pennsylvania Avenue. This new multi-purpose center will accommodate the Jubilee Arts program serving 600 adults and children, the Martha's Place program's consolidated offices, and a neighborhood meeting space.
Parks & People Foundation
Capital funding for the restoration of the historic Superintendent's House, located at the heart of a nine-acre park improvement project in Druid Hill Park. The restored site will become part of the new headquarters of the Parks and People Foundation, which administers 14 programs providing greening activities and recreational opportunities. The building will be used for community training, special events, and meetings.
Parks & People Foundation
Second-year funding for support of two revenue-producing initiatives of the Social Enterprises Program: Chesapeake Trees, an urban tree nursery; and Baltimore Wood Works, LLC, a waste- wood recycling/reuse business. Once a permanent site for the nursery is secured and the tree brokering operation is fully operational, Parks & People anticipates sales of 5,000 trees a year.
Patterson Park Community Development Corporation
Toward efforts to restructure the rental housing financial portfolio, close out sales of renovated and unimproved houses, and implement limited commercial development in Library Square. The objectives are to provide affordable rental housing options within the neighborhood, encourage homebuyers to purchase, and support existing homeowners to remain in Patterson Park.
People Acting Together in Howard
To hire an organizer for residents of mobile home parks in Howard County that are likely to be sold to developers, and to explore options for resident purchase of the parks in order to retain them as affordable housing communities.
Public Justice Center, Inc.
Toward the production and distribution of an educational film and written materials for use in District Court in support of tenants facing eviction. The educational material has been written and produced in consultation with the District Court, landlords, and tenants, to ensure accuracy and fairness, and will help interpret the court system to tenants. The goal is to reduce the number of tenant evictions and reduce the number of cases being processed through the system.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
Toward the purchase and revitalization of 55 FHA-foreclosed properties in the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay community over a two-year period in an effort to increase the number of homeowners and to help stabilize the neighborhoods.
University of Baltimore
To provide three honoraria for world-renown architects to participate in a design competition for a new University of Baltimore Law School on the corner of Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
Baltimore City Health Department
For the expansion of Safe Streets. The initiative is designed to reduce gun-related violence in five high-crime communities in Baltimore City by training neighborhood outreach workers in the techniques of conflict resolution, in an effort to reduce violent confrontations. An evaluation of the initiative is being conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc. (BOS)
Toward the purchase and renovation costs of three new units to help meet demand for transitional housing. BOS provides housing services to the residents for up to two years.
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.
For the third and final year of Threshold to Recovery, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Initiative Funding Partners program. The three Threshold centers are open for extended hours offering a low-cost, high-volume, effective means of increasing access to treatment, retaining people in treatment, and sustaining recovery. The centers welcome walk-ins and offer alternative healing therapies such as tai chi, acupuncture, and meditation.
Center for Emerging Media
For a study of War Room Offenders at the Baltimore Booking and Intake Center. The study will determine whether the criminal justice system is successfully focusing law enforcement resources on violent offenders and addressing the continuing cycle of violence.
Foundation of Hope, Inc .
Challenge grant for capital renovations of five Foundation of Hope locations, providing housing for Baltimore City men and women recovering from substance abuse. Foundation of Hope provides residential and supportive services for up to one year to those leaving prison and halfway houses, including: parenting classes, admission to certified after-care program and HIV education, NA/AA meetings, relapse prevention, training in social skills, educational/vocational training, computer skills, job readiness, and apprenticeships.
Helping Up Mission
Toward capital renovations of Helping Up Mission's 1029 East Baltimore Street facility. The renovation will bring the 100-year-old building into compliance with the American Disabilities Act and State of Maryland building codes, and provide safe, temperature-controlled classrooms, a conference room, a library, a recreation area, and a multipurpose room for up to 370 men participating in the Spiritual Recovery Program. The site includes a dormitory for 60 to 70 emergency overnight guests and offices.
Living Classrooms Foundation/ Operation Safe Streets
For support of an outreach worker for the Mayor's Violence Reduction Strategy initiative, designed to reduce violent crime in areas known for high rates of violence. The worker will identify and make contact with at-risk young people to encourage them to take advantage of supportive services and seek employment.
Recovery In Community (RIC)
To provide for transitional housing support and outreach services for clients recovering from substance abuse. RIC is a State of Maryland certified substance abuse treatment program providing comprehensive services to the Franklin Square, Boyd Booth, and Fayette Street communities in Baltimore.
Safe and Sound Campaign for Children and Youth, Inc .
Two-year funding toward the Public Safety Compact, a pre-release and reentry substance-abuse program for 250 ex-offenders each year. The goal of the program is to increase the chances that ex-offenders can successfully reenter their communities by linking in-patient substance-abuse treatment with community-based case management/reentry services. The early-release clients receive wraparound services, including substance-abuse treatment and residence in halfway houses before reintegrating into family and community.
Transitioning Lives, Inc .
Challenge grant for capital expansion of a residential facility to create six double-room occupancy units and four single-room occupancy units for 16 male ex-offenders. Participants in this program are housed for a period of up to six months in a highly structured residential environment where they engage in substance-abuse and vocational counseling, and attend Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Job-readiness services, as well as planning for suitable housing options three months prior to departure, are available.