Please note:

CHAI offices are closed to the public until further notice in an effort to keep our community and staff safe but we continue to offer services to our community.


Founded in 1983, CHAI is dedicated to the enhancement and development of our neighborhoods. CHAI’s efforts focus on increasing homeownership and economic stability in northwest Baltimore communities with a significant Jewish presence. We carry out this mission through loan programs, workshops and counseling that promote safe and affordable single-family, multi-family and senior housing, and community organizing programs that emphasize strengthening local associations and public schools.

For 37 years, CHAI has worked to strengthen neighborhoods, schools and communities in northwest Baltimore.


CHAI, a proud agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, is mobilized to respond in times of crisis thanks due the network of agencies who receive funding and financial support from The Associated’s Annual Campaign. Our Associated network needs your support to continue the growing needs in our community due to the current COVID-19 crisis.  Please give generously:


CHAI's Values

Kavod honoring others through actions
Kehillah finding strength in the collective
B’tzelem Elokim seeing unique potential in all people
Derech Eretz following an ethical & trustworthy path
Ometz Lev motivation to the highest level of service

CHAI strengthens the fabric of neighborhoods connected to Jewish Baltimore, through housing and community development, so residents of all ages can thrive. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Developing and managing affordable housing for seniors, families and individuals with disabilities.
  • Rehabilitating housing and providing supporting repair services to improve housing stock and enhance economic stability in northwest Baltimore.
  • Promoting sustainable homeownership through homebuyer education, housing counseling and favorable financing mechanisms.
  • Undertaking community organizing and supporting residents to become agents of change in their neighborhoods.
  • Strengthening area schools through community engagement.
  • Supporting older adults to age in their own homes and communities.

Staff and Leadership

At CHAI, our people are our greatest asset. Meet the dedicated team that's helping inspire change in northwest Baltimore.


Our Partners

Thank you to our local partners, who help us make a difference in our neighborhoods! We are grateful for the support of our funding partners, who help support our community development programs and services in northwest Baltimore.


Careers at CHAI

Are you looking for a job that will help you turn mission into action? Joining our team is an experience filled with hard work, creativity and collaboration.

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Annual Reports

Browse our recent Annual Reports to learn more about how CHAI works.