Poe, Poppleton, Hollins Transformation Plan #TransformPoe

On September 10, 2018, The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Executive Director Janet Abrahams announced that the agency received a $1.3 million Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop a transformation plan for Poe Homes and the Poppleton/Hollins Market neighborhood. Baltimore is one of six cities selected to receive nearly $5 million in combined Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. The other cities include Phenix, AL; Tucson, Arizona; Camden, NJ; and Milwaukee, WI.

The grant will be used to develop a comprehensive neighborhood plan to leverage public and private resources to improve housing access, resident success, and neighborhood vibrancy. Development of the plan requires extensive commitments from a highly qualified team of committed partners.

This Transformation Plan will revolve around the redevelopment of Poe Homes - 288 units of public housing - and the integration of this housing into the footprint of the Poppleton/Hollins Market neighborhood. The Poe, Poppleton, Hollins Transformation Plan is being developed under the framework of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) program, which was launched by the Obama Administration in 2010 to guide federal investment in comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. The CNI program supports locally driven strategies to transform neighborhoods of extreme poverty into sustainable, mixed-income communities.

A Vision for Poe Homes

The long-term vision of the Poe, Poppleton, Hollins Transformation Plan will be to transform Poe Homes and the surrounding community into a Community of Choice, that is inviting, promotes resident pride and unity among neighbors, and is integrated into the surrounding area.

The Plan Will Focus On

  • The redevelopment of Poe Homes, a 288-unit public housing development in disrepair, to support and accommodate existing and future residents of all income types, family composition, and lifestyles.
  • A coordinated and targeted neighborhood plan that combines infrastructure improvements economic development, and public safety strategies.
  • A comprehensive human services plan that supports families to increase economic self-sufficiency and improve educational outcomes over the long term.

Three Core Goals

The Poe, Poppleton, Hollins Transformation Plan will support a community-driven approach to neighborhood transformation. There are three main core goals:

  1. Housing - Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
  2. Neighborhood - Attract public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to improve the amenities and assets (ex. safety, good schools, commercial activity) available to the community.
  3. People - Improve educational and economic outcomes through services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families.

Documents and Relevant Links

HABC Awarded $1.3 Million HUD Planning Grant to Redevelop Poe Homes (Press release 9/10/18)

Steering Committee Q&A (11/2/18)

Stakeholder List (12/6/18)

Poe Tenant Council Q&A (10/24/2018)

Planning Structure/Org Chart

Planning Process Graphic (11/1/2018)

CN Neighborhood Boundary Map

Poppleton-Hollins Market Neighborhood Map

Poe Homes/Poppleton-Hollins Market CNI Orientation & Big Picture Overview Presentation (11/26/2018)

HUD FY2018 Planning Grant Award Information Choice Neighborhoods

Click HERE to find more information on HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants to support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans.

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Steering Committee Members

  • Lorraine Ledbetter - President, Terrace Garden Senior Co-Op apartments
  • Leslie Ware - President, Poe Homes Tenant Council
  • Sonia Eaddy - President, Poppleton NOW
  • Jane Shaab - UM Biopark
  • Michael Seipp - Southwest Partnership
  • James Brennan - BCPS
  • Talib Horne - Bon Secours
  • Stacy Freed - Representing local government


  • Janet Abrahams - HABC Executive Director
  • Brian Greenan - Project Manager
  • Michael Moore
  • Kevin Gallaher
  • Tracey Oliver-Keyser
  • Tania Baker


  • Kathy Carton - EJP Consultants
  • Rhae Parkes - EJP Consultants
  • Davin Hong - Living Design Lab
  • Matthew Fitzsimmons - Hord Coplan Macht