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Abell Brief: Spring 2016

Abell Brief Spring 2016

Working To Enhance The Quality Of
Life in Baltimore And In Maryland





The Power of Place

Can housing policy boost educational achievement? In The Power of Place: How Housing Policy Can Boost Educational Opportunity (March 2016) Stefanie Deluca and colleagues describe early findings from the Baltimore Housing Mobility program, a voucher program that has helped more than 3,000 low-income African American families move to opportunity-rich communities and schools throughout the metropolitan region.  They find that after moving with the program, children attended significantly higher performing schools and made gains in their academic achievement. Learn more here.

The Double Crisis

More than half of Baltimore’s renters live in housing they cannot afford and the situation is only getting worse. In The Double Crisis: A Statistical Report on Rental Housing Costs and Affordability in Baltimore City, 2000-2013 (May 2016), Philip Garboden pinpoints a “Double Crisis” in Baltimore’s housing market driven by the city’s poverty and rising rental rates. The report details which neighborhoods are most affected, who is at the greatest risk, and what can be done moving forward.  Read more here.


Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove

Located in an impoverished community with some of the lowest health indicators of the city, Ben Franklin has succeeded in more than doubling enrollment over the past five years while seeing a significant improvement in average daily attendance. It has become an anchor for a more healthy community. Read more here.


Astor Court Apartments

For over a decade, Astor Court Apartments on the corner of 25th and St. Paul’s Streets has provided a welcoming and cost-effective community for teachers new to Baltimore City. Over that period, Astor Court has also become a model for cities and developers looking to create affordable housing for teachers. Read more here.



Healthy Harbor Report Card 2015

With funding support by the Abell Foundation and other partners, the Healthy Harbor Initiative of the Waterfront Partnership recently released its third annual Healthy Harbor Report Card.  The results are mixed and, overall, disappointing and underscore just how much work there is to do. Learn more about the Report Card here.  


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