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Case Studies

Workforce Development

In the spring of 1997, the Abell Foundation awarded Baltimore City Healthy Start a $250,000 grant to replicate in Baltimore the highly successful East Harlem job placement program called STRIVE. The East Harlem program has been in operation since 1985 and now has affiliate programs in ten other... Read More
According to a National Economic Development and Law Center report, the link between owning a car and being gainfully employed is significant. Studies have shown that not only are those who own cars more likely to work, but they are also more likely to work additional hours and earn higher wages.... Read More
Year Up provides low-income high school graduates and GED recipients, ages 18 to 24, with a year of information technology (IT) and Investment Operations training, leading to technical careers, with starting salaries of over $35,000. In 2006, Year Up opened an office in the Washington, DC area (the... Read More

Health & Human Services

It is well established that families living in distressed, high-poverty neighborhoods struggle against far greater odds than families who live in economically strong communities.  Conversely, poor families who are able to move to more affluent communities have access to a wide range of benefits—... Read More
According to the Guttmacher Institute, an international reproductive health research and policy organization, nearly half of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended, and rates of unintended pregnancy are more than five times higher among poor women than among more... Read More
The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP) provides counseling and rental assistance to participants in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program.  BRHP was created as a result of the settlement of the landmark civil rights case Thompson, et al. vs. HUD, et al., which was filed by the American... Read More
Established in 1979 on the south bank of the Middle Branch Basin, the Baltimore Rowing Club is located between two of Baltimore’s highest poverty neighborhoods, Cherry Hill and Westport.  In 2011, the Rowing Club created a new after-school and summer program, called Reach High Baltimore, in an... Read More
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national organization founded in 2005 to help low-income individuals access state and federal aid programs, such as food stamps (SNAP benefits), Medical Assistance, and energy assistance programs. BDT’s model relies on partnerships with federal, state, and local... Read More
For more than 50 years, Catholic Charities has been meeting the needs of Baltimore’s Latino community in East Baltimore.  Originally known as the Hispanic Apostolate, the immigrant support program began by teaching English to new immigrants.  Over the past half-century, the program has grown into a... Read More
Founded in 1968 by the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore, the Franciscan Center is an emergency outreach center that serves individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Franciscan Center is located in the Charles Village neighborhood in central Baltimore, but serves... Read More