Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built or renovated 750 homes and helped qualifying low-income families to move into homeownership with energy-efficient, affordable homes with zero-interest mortgages. The organization with acquiring, renovating, and selling 12 homes in the Station East Community in East Baltimore, and create homeownership opportunities in this quickly changing community for families with household incomes of 30%-50% of the Area Median Income.
Farm Alliance of Baltimore City will offer a Double Dollars program to incentivize households receiving federal food benefits to spend their dollars on fruits and vegetables at local farm stands and the Civic Works’ mobile market. The target population for this project is low-income adults and children who live in Healthy Food Priority Areas, or areas with high food insecurity, and who remain at a significant disadvantage as they have unequal access to resources, especially healthy nutritious food.
Drink at the Well operates a drop-in center to address the needs of vulnerable women in the Curtis Bay community in South Baltimore.
Dayspring provides transitional and permanent supportive housing for 63 families, and Head Start services to 329 children at locations in East Baltimore (including on-site at the transitional housing facility). Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Dayspring to expand its programming to include an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program (IOP) on-site to offer substance abuse counseling and mental health treatment to residents in the broader community
Developed by child psychologists, the Tools of the Mind curriculum integrates cognitive, social, and emotional domains and creates child-centered, play-based, and language-rich classrooms. This grant will support the third year of implementation of Tools in 10 pre-kindergarten classes in the 100% Project network of turnaround schools.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI) uses a variety of strategies to support existing renters and homeowners and attract new owner-occupants to its Northeast Baltimore community. BENI facilitates investment in homes, support resident self-management, and ensure that new homeowners are financially well informed and prepared to manage the realities of owning a home.
The Behavioral Health Leadership Institute operates low-barrier substance abuse and mental health treatment programs in communities throughout Baltimore City. A grant from the Abell Foundation will provide on-going support for its mobile treatment van operating outside of the Baltimore City Detention Center. The mobile van offers health screenings, buprenorphine and mental health treatment on-site, and referrals to other community-based services to individuals leaving the detention center.
Strong Schools Maryland, founded in Spring 2017, is a time-bounded advocacy initiative with a goal for an adequately-funded education system in which virtually all Maryland students graduate on time from high school. At stake are the education funding and policy recommendations put forward by the mandated Kirwan Commission in 2019.
Launched by the Abell Foundation and Open Society Foundation in 2007, the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) at Johns Hopkins University pursues long- and short-term educational data analysis and research, and subsequently interprets and shares the findings with Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), community, and stakeholder leaders. Over the next two and one-half years, BERC will expand its work and support for youth in Baltimore by building a sustainable research and practice community that is open to any university or college in Maryland interested in working with B
In 2017, Baltimore Curriculum Project was named the Lead Education Partner in the $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant to redevelop the Perkins Homes neighborhood in East Baltimore. The overall goal of the five-year City Springs College and Career Readiness (CCR) Program is to prepare City Springs students to graduate from high school successfully prepared to pursue careers of choice via successful completion of college or other post-secondary training.