Maryland Philanthropy Network’s Community Investment Affinity Group is pleased to host Alice Kennedy, Commissioner of Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development for a conversation about the Department’s work to improve the quality of life for all Baltimore City residents by revitalizing and redeveloping communities and promoting access to quality affordable housing opportunities in safe, livable neighborhoods. We’ll hear the status of DHCD's aspirational and comprehensive Framework for Community Development, various approaches to address residential vacant properties and the availability of quality affordable housing. We’ll also discuss the role that funders could play in addressing the issue of neighborhoods impacted by high levels of vacancy and disinvestment.
Baltimore has long faced a crisis of vacant and abandoned homes, which makes communities less safe and hurts families’ ability to build wealth through homeownership.
Rural America faces a barrage of structural challenges. Please join Grantmakers of Western Pennslyvania as Joelle Cook and Chris Carlson from the nonprofit consulting firm FSG lead participants in a discussion of their report, Rural America: Philanthropy’s Misunderstood Opportunity for Impact.
Baltimore has long benefited from the place-based investments of our philanthropic community. The Community Investment Affinity Group and others who invest in place are invited to hear about two newer initiatives led, in part, by MPN members:
Join the Community Investment Affinity Group to hear about the issues and implications of declining homeownership in Maryland and Baltimore, as well as efforts to blunt the pandemic’s impact on homeownership. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of what investments, connections, and elements are needed, where funder’s interests are, and possible roles for philanthropy.
The West North Avenue Development Authority, created through legislation, brings together state, local, and community partners to develop a comprehens
ReBUILD Metro works to restore and revitalize Baltimore’s neighborhoods by rebuilding homes and fostering enduring community relationships.
The aged homeless population is growing rapidly and will continue to grow for the next decade. Please Maryland Philanthropy Network’s Baltimore Seniors & Housing Collaborative for a discussion on forecasts of the aged homeless population; projected costs associated with the use of shelter, health care, and long-term care by this aged homeless population; proposed housing and service intervention models matched to the varying level of housing and services needs of these subgroups; and potential service cost reductions associated with housing interventions.
Maryland Philanthropy Network’s School-Centered Neighborhood Investment Initiative funded a research analysis of the 21st Century School Buildings Program efforts. All MPN members are invited to hear from the research team: Ariel H. Bierbaum, MCP, PhD; Erin O’Keefe, MPP; and Alisha Butler, MA; about the report’s findings and the overarching questions they raise about the 21CSBP. These questions bridge their findings with the current context and aim to prompt reflection and additional conversations about the 21CSBP in the face of the “dual pandemics” of COVID-19 and systemic racism in the United States.