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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2005.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
Seventh-year funding of a car ownership program designed to make reliable, reconditioned, low-cost cars available to low-income Baltimore City residents.
Washington Village/ Pigtown Neighborhood Planning Council, Inc.
For support of Managed Work Services-Baltimore, a transitional work experience to prepare job seekers for permanent employment. Managed Work Services contracts with businesses to staff high turnover, entry-level positions. Teams of up to ten Managed Work Services employees work alongside a job coach to gain valuable work experience in these temporary, transitional jobs, and are then placed into permanent jobs.
Health & Human Services
Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)
For expenses related to the expansion of Baltimore City's Child Welfare Reform Program. ACY will conduct a "gap analysis" to identify and quantify the need for additional resources to reform the Baltimore City child welfare system, review progress, maintain pressure for reform, and advocate for overhaul of the child welfare data collection and responding system.
AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc.
To develop a Comprehensive Youth Services Model for homeless youth and young adults. This program will provide transitional housing, educational and employment training, health care, substance abuse treatment, financial education, and life and social skills counseling. The model is based on national state-of-the-art practices.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland
For continued support of the Regional Equity in Housing Project. The project will provide thousands of families with the opportunity to move from inner-city Baltimore to communities that offer greater educational opportunity, employment, housing, and safety. Efforts will be made to reduce regulatory barriers that undermine the ability of low-income families to move into communities of opportunity.
At Jacob's Well, Inc.
A challenge grant toward the conversion of an abandoned building at 337 East 25th Street into three apartments to provide housing and services to homeless and mentally ill persons with little or no income.
Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD)
For support of BCHD's Transforming Baltimore's Public Health Clinics project, established to encourage greater utilization of Baltimore's public clinics.
Baltimore Homeless Services, Inc.
For research to support the implementation of the Housing First model in Baltimore City. In partnership with Health Care for the Homeless, the Housing First pilot project team has recruited the homeless from streets and parks, placed them in housing, and linked them to ongoing services. The outcomes of the pilot project will determine whether Housing First should be expanded as a viable strategy to help reduce homelessness.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
For continued support of the Patterson Park Youth Program, providing safe, healthy, and engaging activities for more than 400 neighborhood children. The program includes basketball and football leagues, reading and art clubs, and a summer youth employment program. Adult volunteers serve as coaches, mentors, teachers, and tutors.
Center for Promotion of Child Development Through Primary Care
For continued support of a pilot project testing the Child Health and Development Interactive System (CHADIS), a computerized interactive system created to diagnose and monitor psychosocial and developmental problems of at-risk three to 12-year-olds in Baltimore City. CHADIS is designed to improve delivery and access to treatment and resources for children with mental health disorders.
Communities of Care of Maryland, Inc.
For support of a recruitment campaign for families contemplating adoption in the Ednor Gardens/Waverly neighborhoods of Northeast Baltimore. Once prospective families are identified, they will receive the training required to become licensed caregivers, and support through the finalization phase and post-adoptive services.
Community-Built Playground, Inc.
Toward construction costs of a playground for children in the former Memorial Stadium neighborhoods of Baltimore City. The goal is to engage neighborhood volunteers in designing and building a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible playground.
Maryland Food Bank
For support of the Baltimore City School Pantry Program. In exchange for volunteering in the schools, parents are eligible to attend classes on nutrition, budgeting, and meal planning, and to receive free food once a month.
Maryland Salem Children's Trust
Toward construction costs of a centralized school building for special education programs for up to 37 at-risk children, primarily residents at Salem, a residential foster care facility for children ages six to 18 who have been abused and unable to attend regular school.
National Heritage Foundation/B-SPIRIT-A2Y
For support of the B-SPIRIT-A2Y after-school mentoring and tutoring program for at-risk adolescents in the Park Heights community.
Parks & People Foundation
For continued support of the Hooked on Sports program serving more than 1,200 Baltimore City public school students. The program, which includes lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, and soccer, provides opportunities for organized and safe after-school activity. Participants are required to maintain at least a C average and 90 percent attendance.
Paul's Place, Inc.
Toward improvements to the first and second floors and elevator, and for the purchase of furnishings, equipment, and playground equipment for a community outreach center serving poor and marginalized residents of Pigtown.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Inc.
Two-year funding for support of the Latino Outreach Program. The grant will provide for two full-time bilingual (Spanish/English) staff members to provide reproductive health care, family-planning services, and education programs for sexually active females. It is hoped that the program will reduce the number of teen and out-of-wedlock births.
Safe and Sound Campaign for Children and Youth
For the implementation of the Family Recovery Program, an initiative designed to reduce the length of time children spend in the Baltimore City foster care system. The program will provide case management support and substance abuse treatment for 250 parents whose children are entering foster care. It is expected that the time children of participating parents spend in foster care will be reduced by 50 to 70 percent.
The Samaritan Center
For continued support of the Eviction Prevention Assistance program at The Samaritan Center, designed to provide emergency grants to individuals and families facing eviction. Aside from providing a one-time grant directly to the landlord, the Center's case manager will refer the unemployed to Catholic Charities' employment services and assist clients in applying for other income supports, such as food stamps and Medicaid Earned Income Tax Credit.
The Samaritan Center
For continued support of the Travel Voucher Program. Each year, the program provides bus vouchers to more than 400 homeless people who want to leave Baltimore to reunite with family, find employment, or receive treatment for substance abuse.
The Shepherd's Clinic
For ongoing support to cover malpractice insurance for volunteer physicians, nurses, and physicians' assistants who donate medical care to uninsured Baltimore City residents.
Umar Youth and Boxing Program, Inc.
Capital funding for the renovation of Umar's existing facility for expansion of boxing and tutorial programs for 40 at-risk youth. Umar provides an after-school program and full-day summer camp, a computer lab and academic program, including homework assistance by tutors.
University of Maryland Dental School
To provide dental services to Baltimore City Head Start children. The school's team will screen children at Head Start centers, and those requiring treatment will receive it.
University of Maryland Medical System
For continued support of the Breathmobile program for asthma treatment of inner-city children. The program, which delivers state-of-the-art asthma care in Baltimore City public schools to more than 400 students, has been shown to decrease asthma attacks, absenteeism, and emergency room visits.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Two-year support of "A Maryland Initiative: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment," designed to decrease the environmental impact of health care institutions in Maryland. The initiative will focus on encouraging the implementation of environmental health programs in Maryland hospitals, advocating for the reduction of medical waste by recycling and segregation of toxic products, eliminating mercury-containing products in health care facilities, and finding alternatives to medical waste incineration.
Baltimore ACORN/ American Institute for Social Justice
To conduct an analysis of new data available under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The report will detail lending patterns, summarize findings, and offer recommendations to consumers, the lending industry, and local officials. The purpose of the report is to provide information that stimulates and expands access to financing in minority and low-income communities with the long-range goals of improving housing opportunities for minorities and stabilizing communities.
Baltimore Development Corporation
Continuing support of administrative expenses for Maglev-Maryland, a program to develop a magnetic levitation high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington. When fully operational, the train could reduce the travel time between the two cities to less than 20 minutes.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
Toward support of ongoing residential and commercial revitalization initiatives in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. In partnership with the Healthy Neighborhoods and Main Street programs, the organization works to strengthen the market for residential and commercial properties, improve their physical condition, and build a strong sense of community.
Citizens Planning and Housing Association
For support of the Regional Housing Equity initiative, designed to organize and support development of affordable housing, to explore foreclosure intervention as a tool for increasing regional housing equity, to identify key locations for targeted development of affordable units, and to explore homeownership models for low-income and Section 8 recipients.
Friends of Patterson Park
For support of the Volunteer Teams Project, a volunteer training program designed to improve the park's maintenance, and encourage usage.
Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
For general support of a partnership of banks, foundations, government agencies, and community organizations committed to strengthening ten underserved neighborhoods. The intent is to increase home values, market the communities, create high standards for property improvement, and increase the level of renovation and investment. Included are Midtown, Reservoir Hill, Garwyn Oaks, Patterson Park, Belair Edison, Greater Mondawmin, neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Charles Village, Southeast Baltimore, and Ednor Gardens.
International Center for Sustainable Development
Toward a feasibility study and business plan for the creation of a Maryland Clean Energy Center. The Center is expected to foster the growth of existing clean energy businesses in Maryland and create new business and job training opportunities.
Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.
In support of a pilot partnership between Jubilee Baltimore and Baltimore Heritage, established to provide community outreach and technical rehabilitation assistance to homeowners and buyers in the Marble Hill, Station North, and Hollins Market neighborhoods. While Baltimore Heritage provides small group workshops on the historic renovation process and facilitates access to state and city historic tax benefits, Jubilee Baltimore will offer a full program of renovation assistance, developing the scope of work, finding a contractor, overseeing the construction process, and helping to obtain financing.
Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.
For support of an initiative to encourage homebuyers and homeowners to acquire and renovate houses in Reservoir Hill. Jubilee Baltimore provides technical assistance that enables owners to access financing and historic tax credits and complete complex historic rehabilitation projects.
Live Baltimore Home Center
For support of Live Baltimore's House Auction Project. Intended to promote the Station North neighborhood, the project calls for the conversion of a vacant house into a showcase home, and marketing it before putting it up for auction. The goal is to encourage redevelopment and investment.
Maryland Film Festival
Toward the Friends of the Festival Campaign, established to create a major film festival in Baltimore. The program is designed to encourage film production in Baltimore City and Maryland, and increase the size of the festival's audience for year-round events to 20,000 by 2007.
Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Coalition/ International Center for Sustainable Development
To promote hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Center will develop a website, quarterly newsletter, plan for a regional hydrogen energy conference in 2006, and create a database of regional information.
Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc.
For continued support of housing and commercial revitalization programs designed to improve the communities of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Lauraville, Moravia-Walther, Morgan Park, and Waltherson. This effort will focus on marketing the neighborhoods and providing access to renovation loans through an Abell Foundation guaranteed loan program.
Patterson Park Community Development Corporation
To fund the cleaning of streets and alleys in a 22-block area of the Patterson Park community. This effort is designed to help eliminate trash and create a visually appealing, comfortable, and secure environment.
Public Justice Center, Inc.
For continued support of the Tenant Advocacy Project, an effort to reduce evictions and help eliminate the practice of allowing tenant belongings to be placed on the curb. The Center will focus on strengthening the coalition by providing research, legislative proposals, testimony, legal representation, and media support.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
For support of the Foreclosure Prevention and Intervention Program. This effort will expand homebuyer education and homeownership counseling activities in Baltimore City, intervene when a family is unable to meet its mortgage obligation, and develop a comprehensive assessment of foreclosures in Baltimore City.
The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc.
For the purchase of a building to expand the distribution of free books to students, teachers, and residents of Baltimore City. Responding to a lack of books in Baltimore City public schools, The Book Thing redistributes more than 20,000 donated books a week.
The Loading Dock
For purchase, renovation, and relocation costs of a new facility to provide affordable recycled building materials for housing and community improvement. By doubling the size of its facility, the Loading Dock will be able to serve more customers in Baltimore City and in metropolitan area.
Upton Planning Committee/ Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative
For support of revitalization efforts in the Upton community. Funding will encourage homeowners to take advantage of incentives for renovations and renters to become homeowners.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
Baltimore City Healthy Start, Inc.
To provide support for transitional housing and community outreach services for the Recovery In Community (RIC) outpatient substance abuse treatment program. As a state-certified facility, RIC offers on-site case management, auricular acupuncture, outreach services, assistance in finding employment, and rehabilitative services.
Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc.
Two-year support of the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team (FACTT), offering mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and health care to ex-offenders. This program supports those with severe mental illness who are functionally impaired and at high risk of inpatient hospitalization. Maintaining a link with the criminal justice system, FACTT will provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The intent is to reduce the rates of recidivism, homelessness, and anti-social behavior.
Baltimore Police Department
Toward the cost of hiring nine retired police officers to monitor 82 closed circuit television cameras in three areas of the city: Greenmount Avenue, Monument Street, and Park Heights Avenue. The purpose of the "CitiWatch: Active Monitoring and Crime Prevention" initiative is to ensure the safety of Baltimore's residents, workers, and visitors.
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.
For support of the Threshold to Recovery program initiative, which seeks to demonstrate that threshold centers are a low-cost, high volume, and effective means of increasing access to treatment, retaining people in treatment, and sustaining recovery. Threshold centers are different from traditional drug treatment centers in that they are open for extended hours, accept walk-ins, and offer alternative healing therapies such as Tai Chi, acupuncture, and meditation.
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.
For an evaluation of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). ASI is the substance abuse assessment tool currently mandated by the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration for use by treatment providers receiving state funding, including those in Baltimore City. The study will help determine the effectiveness of the assessment.