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Preserving Long-Term Affordability and Offering Resources in Baltimore’s Hollins Market Community

This spring, CPDC will break ground on Hollins House, our first affordable housing community in Baltimore, MD.


Baltimore’s predominantly African American inner city neighborhoods—including the Hollins Market/Poppleton area—have endured historic housing discrimination and disinvestment, the foreclosure crisis and more. The results: urban decay, abandoned housing and scarce resources.

Housing isn’t the only issue.

Access to affordable healthy food in many predominantly black neighborhoods in Baltimore is also a challenge.


“Only six miles separate the Baltimore neighborhoods of Roland Park and Hollins Market. But there is a 20-year difference in the average life expectancy.”

~Jonathan Bagger, Vice Provost, Johns Hopkins University

According to a Baltimore Sun report, “the number of abandoned houses in Baltimore swelled from 7,000 in 1970 toMC 4239 Hollins Market about 1930

40,000 in 1998 and vacant homes now make up 13 percent of total housing stock.” The report also described how many in Baltimore have difficulty finding housing they can afford. “Almost 53 percent of rent-paying households between 2009–2013 spent over 30 percent of income on housing-related expenses in the city,” the report noted.

At the time of the 2000 Census, nearly a quarter of the more than 1,100 Hollins Market houses were vacant and one-third of area residents were impoverished.

Over the past decade, the Hollins Market neighborhood association and other community groups have taken steps toward revitalization. The area was chosen as the new home for University of Maryland’s Biotech Park and expanded transportation options are on the way.

CPDC’s $10 million  redevelopment of Hollins House will convert 130 one-bedroom apartments for senior and non-elderly disabled community from public housing to project-based Section 8 through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

In addition to preserving affordable housing for some of the most vulnerable among us, CPDC also plans to help revitalize the surrounding Hollins Market community by offering onsite services and resources for residents—and by extending programs and CPDC-BlackHistory-Sliderresources to the larger community.

Our Community Impact team is currently partnering with the University of Maryland to provide healthcare services to fixed-income elderly and non-elderly disabled residents and is exploring additional ways to bring new opportunities and help revitalize the community in line with plans of neighborhood leaders.

Learn more about how CPDC is committed to helping communities and residents grow and thrive.

For more on CPDC’s Black History Month 2016 series exploring our work and impact in minority communities, follow us on Twitter @CPDCorg and join the conversation: #BlackHouseStory #BlacksInHousing.

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