Derrick moved the motion to approve the April Minutes. Diane seconded the motion and the April Minutes was approved.
- It was mentioned that there was no guest speaker for this meeting. Looking forward to a guest speaker for the next meeting. There is a possibility that Councilwoman Ramos or someone from her office might be our guest speaker for our next meeting and will provide more insights on the City’s tax sale.
- Housing Study Steering Committee
- Non-SWP developer
- SWP Staff
- City of Baltimore
- Community Development Expert
- 2-3 Committee Members
Carrie provided an update on the Housing Study Steering Committee as indicated above. She further explained that members of this committee will involve a commitment of about three hours a month, which will last around six to eight months. This will include both virtual and in person meetings and community engagement. Carrie also mentioned that those interested in being members of this Housing Study Steering Committee should contact her and let her know of their interest.
- S. Gilmor Project Walk-thru
Carrie provided an update that the developer has sent out an invitation to this committee and the SWP Board for a Project Walk-thru. The date for the Walk-thru is May 21, 2022 which is a Saturday at 11:00 AM.
- Down Payment Assistance Program
Employee live near where you work
Referrals to NHS
Mailer for renters
Mortgage for less
Meet with Steering Committee
- Overall City Updates
Tony provided updates that have been new incentives announced by the Mayor.
SWP is designated as an economic impact area
- Saving Your Home from Tax Sale
Carrie provided an update on the City’s Tax Sale
- MD Homeowner Assistance Fund
Homeownership referral program
Build a pipeline of rentals to become homeowners
- Resident Resource Guide
Diana mentioned that she has no updates yet to provide.
- Poe Homes – HABC
Kevin and Brian from HABC provided updates on the Poe Homes. Demolition has started on the Jehovah’s Witness property on W Mulberry St with a timeline for construction to begin sometime in 2024.
15 applications received
Rebuild Together still taking applications
They also gave an update on the Poe Homes Residents which includes:
Transformational plan boundaries
Relocation plan to HUD – this includes environmental reviews to submit to HUD
Relocating households – No vouchers currently available
The Transform Poe Plan will also include case management
They provided a sort of timeline on the POE Homes in three phases
Demolition, Construction, Relocation
All things being equal they expect construction to start sometime in 2026
A website was also provided on the chat to everyone in attendance
New Business (Community Updates)
Diane provided information about Vibrant Streets
Biking – meets at Hollins Market on Sunday mornings
Anyone interested in biking are encouraged to join them