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Baltimore City awarded $30 million to renovate Perkins Somerset Oldtown community

Posted at 8:59 PM, Jul 19, 2018

Baltimore City was one of five cities to receive a $30 million award to the HABC in an effort to renovate and transform about 629 public housing units in the Perkins Community.

The project was provided by HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative to implement the community transformation plan and revitalize the Perkins Somerset Oldtown neighborhoods.

"HABC would like to thank HUD for awarding a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to HABC and the City of Baltimore to fulfill our long-term vision of transforming the Perkins, Somerset, Old Town area," said Executive Director Janet Abrahams. "We are very excited to take the next step with our federal, state, city and community partners in this major redevelopment project, which will replace distressed public housing with high quality housing for people from all income levels and create new education, recreation and economic opportunities that will connect residents to the tools they need to achieve their personal goals."

Aside from the 629 units of public housing getting renovations, they will also use the grant to conduct the integration of housing into the footprint of the Perkins Somerset and Old Town neighborhoods.  The plan calls for a new mixed-income and mixed-use community of 1,345 total units.