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HABC Participates in Second RAD Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Newly rehabbed apartment community preserves affordable housing for seniors and non-elderly disabled persons

BALTIMORE, MD (May 18, 2017) – On Wednesday, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined the Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s (HABC) Acting Executive Director Michael Braverman, Councilman John T. Bullock (District 9), Senator Barbara A. Robinson, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, the HABC Board of Commissioners, partners, and residents to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Hollins House, the second Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) community of affordable apartments to be completed in Baltimore.

“Today’s ribbon cutting celebration at the Hollins House represents a major step in the preservation of affordable housing in Baltimore,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “I appreciate the support of our federal and state partners, as well as our development partners at CPDC, who are helping us preserve public housing communities that serve seniors and individuals with disabilities.”

HABC selected CPDC in 2013 as its development partner to convert all 130 one-bedroom units at the Hollins House from public housing into Project Based Section 8 rental units under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program. The Hollins House high-rise building received more than $10 million for much-needed interior and exterior renovations and will remain permanently affordable to low-income seniors and non-elderly disabled persons. This affordable housing redevelopment also represents a new way of revitalizing housing that focuses on the health and wellness of community residents.

“CPDC’s commitment in Baltimore extends beyond creating better living conditions,” said CPDC President & CEO Michael Pitchford. “Our community development initiatives and partnerships are connecting residents to critically-needed health and wellness services including diabetes and hypertension management programs, health fairs and free exercise programs. It is our mission to ensure each person living in CPDC communities has resources to help them grow and thrive.”

Resident programs at Hollins House include Senior Fitness Challenge, Diabetes Management, Maryland Food Bank’s monthly meals on wheels, UMB School of Nursing exercise and yoga classes, Agape Food Distribution, Mobile Optical eye examines, Hungry Harvest, Baltimore Gift Economy Food Market, Beat Gaddy Family Center support, as we well as social and mental-stimulation activities such as Bingo, Tournament of Games, Movie Night, and Tech Tuesday.

“HABC is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Hollins House, our second completed RAD project. I want to thank CPDC for their partnership. They did more than help us preserve affordable housing with this project, they set an extraordinary standard for quality and look that we are all proud of,” said HABC Acting Executive Director Michael Braverman. “I share in Mayor Pugh’s vision that our housing agenda must include a focus on creating the conditions and opportunities that improve the quality of life for all Baltimore City residents.”

During renovations, all apartments received new windows, upgraded floors, kitchens, bathrooms, and HVAC. The enclosure of the balconies solved existing water infiltration problems and expanded the indoor living space in each apartment, enhanced the building’s energy efficiency, and significantly improved the building’s exterior appearance. Additionally, first floor common areas were substantially upgraded to include an expanded vestibule, a new game room, a library with computer stations, new and expanded community program space, resident services office, and seating areas. The leasing and management office, mailroom, and laundry room were also updated, along with a new door entry and security system.

The Hollins Market neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore, where the Hollins House is located, is currently undergoing revitalization. CPDC’s investment in the Hollins House will serve as an anchor for continued development.

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