Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has been actively involved in neighborhoods across Baltimore City. From Woodbourne-McCabe to Patterson Park, we look for opportunities to build and match affordable homes with individuals and families, with a focus on recruiting local residents.
Habitat Chesapeake worked in Milton-Montford and neighboring communities in East Baltimore intermittently from 2010 to 2015, ultimately building and/or restoring 90+ houses. Our investment and new homeowners, combined with efforts by the Southeast Community Development Corporation, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Johns Hopkins contributed greatly to the growth of the area. In 2019, we acquired an additional 15 vacant homes on East Eager and Rose Streets, which will bring the total number of Habitat homes in East Baltimore to more than 100.
Pigtown / Washington Village
Since 2007, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has renovated 23 existing homes and constructed 18 new homes in Pigtown. Much of this work has centered on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Ward Street, where we are in the process of demolishing a series of vacant and badly deteriorated structures. These buildings will be replaced by new townhomes, as well as open space and parking for close partner, Paul’s Place Outreach Center, which offers a wide range of programs for the neighborhood. Habitat Chesapeake also partners with Pigtown Main Street to address infrastructure and public safety needs such as street lighting.
Orchard Ridge is a housing development in Northeast Baltimore of apartments, townhomes, and semi-detached homes bordered by neighboring communities Belair-Edison, Orangeville, and Armistead Gardens, and offers the feeling of living in the suburbs without leaving the city. Orchard Ridge’s commuter-friendly location offers access to Penn Station and green space like Clifton Park. With 30 colorful homes already built, Habitat Chesapeake is excited to be bringing even more homes to this community in the coming years.
Brooklyn / Brooklyn Park / Cherry Hill / Curtis Bay
South Baltimore is home to several communities where Habitat Chesapeake has built or remodeled homes. In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park, and Curtis Bay, residents enjoy easy access to major commuter roadways like I-895 and I-95 with a short drive to the Inner Harbor. Residents also enjoy access to green space like Farring Baybrook Park and Recreation Center, the Middle Branch Park along the bay, and outdoor activities at the Filbert Street Garden. Members of the community can get involved with Action Baybrook, the Community of Curtis Bay Association, and more.
Pen Lucy is a small neighborhood located in north Baltimore along the York Road Corridor. Residents enjoy quick commuter access to Penn Station as well as the commercial corridor along York Road. Read about a Habitat Chesapeake homeowner named Yvangela to learn more about her story of coming to live in Pen Lucy!
Habitat Chesapeake began work in the north Baltimore neighborhood of Woodbourne-McCabe in 2012 alongside residents and key community organizations, like the Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood Association and Glenwood Life Counseling Center. Named as one of “Baltimore’s Neighborhoods on the Rise” by Live Baltimore, this community features a community playground, green space, and quick access to the York Road Corridor. Habitat Chesapeake is eager to continue select projects in this community alongside faith partner North Baltimore Presbyterians, who have worked hand-in-hand with residents to encourage community building and youth activities.
The neighborhood of Patterson Park is located adjacent to the eponymous Patterson Park, a 133 acre public park located in southeast Baltimore. The park is a well-known green space and outdoor activity center, featuring a swimming pool, ice skating rink, and restored Victorian pagoda. This walkable neighborhood has undergone many changes since Habitat Chesapeake’s investment and is now considered a highly desirable area.
Mt. Winans is a southeastern community in Baltimore located close to the boundaries with Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. This neighborhood began as a small community alongside railroad tracks just southwest of U.S. Route 1. In 1877, the B&O Railroad established the Mount Winans Station. Many of its current homes were built in the 1940s for factory workers and Fort Meade soldiers. Today, Mt. Winans offers a quick commute to Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and BWI Airport.
The Better Waverly neighborhood is located in north Baltimore between Charles Village and Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello. Once a Victorian village and the home of the former Memorial Stadium, this community now features many rowhomes and single family homes with plentiful green space and walkable areas.
This West Baltimore community has seen over 300 homes built or renovated as part of the former affiliate Habitat for Humanity Sandtown, which merged with Habitat Chesapeake. With the help of the Jimmy Carter Work Project and many community partners, dozens of first-time homebuyers enjoyed home dedications and entire block construction.