Habitat Chesapeake is currently building in five neighborhoods in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. As we build, our Community Engagement team is on the ground every day, attending community association meetings, actively participating in public-private coalitions and building relationships with residents and community leaders to advocate for other projects and improvements that create stronger, safer, healthier and more vibrant communities.
Among our current projects are:
Mt. Winans is an historic African-American community in South Baltimore, which includes Mt. Auburn Cemetery, the first black cemetery in Baltimore City. Famed Negro Baseball League player Leon Day grew up in Mt. Winans. The neighborhood has a strong tradition of homeownership and is one of six communities set to benefit from $40+ million in investments related to the redevelopment of Port Covington. Habitat Chesapeake has worked in Mt. Winans since 2010 when we advocated alongside residents from the Mt. Winans Community Association, as well as local churches and nonprofits like AHC Baltimore and Parks & People Foundation to have dangerous and derelict buildings demolished and green spaces activated. Since then, we have built a handcap-accessible duplex and nine new townhomes on Huron St. For more information on our work and the community, view our Mt. Winans Fact Sheet.
Pigtown is a historically working class neighborhood in South Baltimore, so named for the pigs that were once shuttled through the streets from the B & O railroad to local butcher shops. Today, Pigtown is a diverse community with a bustling main street full of locally-owned restaurants, and easy access to downtown Baltimore, as well as major highways and public transportation to DC. Since 2007, Habitat Chesapeake has renovated 23 existing homes and constructed 18 new townhomes in Pigtown. Much of this work has centered on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Ward St. where we have demolished 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 is also working with Pigtown Main Street to address infrastructure and public safety needs such as street lighting. For more information, please view our Pigtown Fact Sheet.
Sandtown is a vibrant West Baltimore community bordered by historic Pennsylvania Avenue and the burgeoning Innovation Village district between Maryland Institute College of Art and Coppin State University. Jazz great Cab Calloway and groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall both grew up in Sandtown. Previously, the Sandtown community was served by Sandtown Habitat, founded in 1989 by charismatic leader Allan Tibbels. Then part of New Song Community Church’s Urban Ministries, the organization built more than 330 homes, helping many families find safety, stability and a brighter future. In 2014, Sandtown Habitat merged with Habitat Chesapeake, which remains committed to serving the community. We are currently renovating 9 homes in the neighborhood and also operate a ReStore, selling low-cost building materials, tools, furniture and more. For more information, check out our Sandtown Fact Sheet.
Woodbourne-McCabe is part of the Greater Govans Community directly off of the York Road Corridor in North Central Baltimore City. Once a strong middle-class African-American community, the neighborhood suffered from gang violence and vacancy in the 1970’s and 80’s. Despite its challenges, Woodbourne-McCabe has much to recommend it: abundant green space, a playground, easy access to mass transit and strong local partners like Loyola University and the York Road Partnership. Habitat Chesapeake’s work began in 2012 in partnership with the City of Baltimore’s then-new Vacants to Value Initiative. Since then, we have rehabilitated 18 homes on McCabe Ave. – a street that was once half vacant – and worked alongside residents and community leaders to advocate for other investments, like the demolition of derelict buildings, upgrades to street lighting and the installation of speed bumps. Today, with 18 Habitat homeowners in place and more to come, the community is filled with the sounds of children playing and neighbors greeting one another. For more information, read our Woodbourne-McCabe Fact Sheet.
Annapolis – Clay Street Community
The Clay Street Community was once a prosperous African-American neighborhood, full of middle-class black homeowners and businesses. Unfortunately, the neighborhood struggled through civil rights-era riots and later the drug epidemic. In recent years, determined residents, public agencies, private developers and nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity have invested tens-of-millions of dollars to restore it to its former glory. To date, two public housing complexes have been revitalized, more than 150 owner-occupied units have been repaired and infrastructure, including repaved roads, better lighting, and signage has been upgraded. Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake alone has created 23 new single-family homes – both new construction and rehabilitation of vacant properties. Acquiring property in Anne Arundel County is often cost-prohibitive, but Habitat Chesapeake has been fortunate to have the support of the City of Annapolis and to occasionally receive property donations in other sections of the county, including, most recently, Severn. Please visit our Anne Arundel County Fact Sheet for more information.