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THE CHALLENGE

Black and Latinx households in Baltimore are suffering a housing crisis, even though there are tens of thousands of vacant homes in the City.

Over two out of every three (66%) Black and Latinx households do not have enough savings to cover at least 3 months of their family expenses in case an emergency happened and they lost their regular income. The most affected are women between the ages of 25-54.

59% of Latinx and Black households pay more than 30% of their incomes for rent. This significantly affects their ability to pay for other important bills and build savings. Baltimore has almost 15,000 vacant home lots that could potentially be accessed by these communities. Over1,200 of these vacant lots are city-owned, according to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Many of Baltimore’s mostly Black and Latinx neighborhoods have been historically “red-lined” as poor financial risks by real estate agents and banks. This resulted in a downward cycle of these home properties not being eligible for renovation loans and low sales prices and valuation. To reverse this cycle, the Maryland legislature has approved a special program to help formerly red-lined communities bridge the gap between the cost of improving homes and the real estate appraised value of homes in those neighborhoods. 

Additionally, Scott Administration committed $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding towards housing initiatives designed to protect residents, prevent blight, create affordable housing initiatives, and implement vacancy recommendations made through Mayor Scott’s 30-day directive to address Baltimore’s vacant housing stock.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Many of Baltimore’s mostly Black and Latinx neighborhoods have been historically “red-lined” as poor financial risks by real estate agents and banks. This resulted in a downward cycle of these home properties not being eligible for renovation loans and low sales prices and valuation. To reverse this cycle, the Maryland legislature has approved a special program to help formerly red-lined communities bridge the gap between the cost of improving homes and the real estate appraised value of homes in those neighborhoods.

Additionally, Scott Administration committed $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding towards housing initiatives designed to protect residents, prevent blight, create affordable housing initiatives, and implement vacancy recommendations made through Mayor Scott’s 30-day directive to address Baltimore’s vacant housing stock.

THE PROJECT

Prioritizing Our Women’s Economic Rise is a three-year project supported by JPMorgan Chase that brings together community-based organizations, government agencies, and institutions to accelerate the wealth creation among Black and Latina women in West Baltimore.

The POWER project equips Black and Latina women with the tools (Skills Training, Entrepreneurship Education, Access to Capital, Financial Education) to tap into the emerging and existing economic opportunities for the redevelopment and revitalization of the city of Baltimore. This project also includes advocacy for equitable and inclusive implementation of the state and local initiatives to address issues of the acquisition and disposition of vacant properties in Baltimore.

RESOURCES

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

access to capital

SKILLS TRAINING

CREDIT BUILDING AND FINANCIAL CAPABILITY

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

Intensive Entrepreneurship Training & Mentorship.
Three-month, 60-hour course in business, workforce, and leadership skills. This program strongly emphasizes the fundamentals of micro-entrepreneurship, combined with the basics of financial literacy and Cooperatives. Time Commitment: 2 Sessions per week for 12 weeks. Cost: No fees. More Information

One-on-one Business Coaching.
Set your goals, design a business model, and establish a work plan guided and supported by a Small Business Coach. Time Commitment: Each participant establishes its own time commitment Cost: No fees. 

Business Accelerator Program.
This program is designed to equip women running an existing microenterprise with tools to accelerate business growth. This program will have optional modules for emerging real estate developers. Time Commitment: 1 Session every two weeks for 4 months Cost: No registration fees. More Information

ACCESS TO CAPITAL

SKILLS TRAINING

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Computer Foundations

Build a solid foundation to learn more in an IT (Information Technology) Professional Track. This is a great starting place for adults that have little to no experience with computers.  More Information

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Apprenticeship Readiness Program

(Building Trades)

Apprenticeship Readiness Program (Building Trades). Start your career in the construction industry by participating in this Apprenticeship Readiness program that prepares participants to apply for, enter, and successfully complete a building trades apprenticeship program. More information

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Real Estate Developer Training.

This initiative gives emerging developers hands-on skills in real estate development through training and mentorship.

CREDIT BUILDING AND FINANCIAL CAPABILITY

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

If your organization is interested in participating in this program, please reach out to ovelasco@ledcmetro.org

PROJECT EVALUATOR & PROJECT MANAGER

www.ssw.umaryland.edu

www.thevpifirm.com

SPONSOR

www.jpmorganchase.com/impact