Jubilee Baltimore was awarded a grant of $213,000 for a major planning initiative in Central West Baltimore. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent, Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez and Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Galante joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings to announce the grant award. Baltimore is among 17 cities to be awarded the first Planning Grant funding through HUD’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.
Central West Baltimore includes the neighborhoods of Bolton Hill, Madison Park, Druid Heights and Upton. The centerpiece of the planning effort is Pedestal Gardens, 203 units of HUD-assisted housing built in 1968. This planning effort will create a strategic plan for Central West Baltimore that will include plans for better housing for project residents, improved educational access and outcomes, adequate neighborhood retail, and reduced crime and vacancy in the overall area.
“This grant will launch an effort to re-weave long damaged neighborhoods in a strategic part of Baltimore” said Charlie Duff, President of Jubilee Baltimore.
HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiativewill promote a comprehensive approach to transforming distressed areas of concentrated poverty into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. Building on the successes of HUD’s HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods will link housing improvements with a wider variety of public services including schools, public transit and employment opportunities.