CHAI’s Community Conversations Creates Meaningful Dialogue

February 8, 2021

CHAI is committed to creating a space for community members to come together to listen, learn and act meaningfully. We are pleased to announce the launch of a second cohort of CHAI’s Community Conversations program. This 4-part series will be co-facilitated by Sharlimar Douglass and Paula Young who will lead participants in a discussion on... Read More

CHAI Welcomes Kari Gorkos and Alexia Bing-Heath

February 5, 2021

Kari Gorkos brings over 20 years of program development and management experience to her new role as CHAI’s Vice President of Community Programs. She has been recognized at the national and state level for her work with child and family behavioral health programs. In her new role, Kari’s focus will be on continuing and broadening CHAI’s community development... Read More

CHAI Receives 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for Woodland Gardens I

January 18, 2021

CHAI is thrilled to share the news that we have received an allocation of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for Woodland Gardens I, a 63-unit family housing project to be built in Central Park Heights in partnership with Park Heights Renaissance. Woodland Gardens I is adjacent to Woodland Gardens II, the 75-unit senior housing... Read More

NNC Encourages Members to Lead

January 10, 2021

CHAI’s Northwest Neighbors Connecting (NNC) is a village of individuals supporting each other to age in place while enhancing their physical, emotional and social well-being. In the new year, NNC is finding creative ways to deepen engagement. NNC has shifted popular programs like Diversity Dialogue, Healthy Cooking, and Book Club to an online format. With... Read More

New Initiatives to Support Area Schools

January 7, 2021

For over 20 years, CHAI has been working to support the public schools of northwest Baltimore. Recognizing the specific struggles facing schools and families during the pandemic, CHAI is finding new and innovative ways to provide additional support. For example, CHAI initiated a quarterly “All Principals” meeting, convening principals (virtually) from the 10 public schools... Read More

Foreclosure Prevention Guidance is a Phone Call Away

January 7, 2021

Since 2009, CHAI has helped hundreds of homeowners at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. With so many people out of work and unable to make mortgage payments due to the COVID pandemic, CHAI expects to see an increase in the number of homeowners at risk of default and foreclosure, especially with the federal... Read More

CHAI Welcomes Will Pass

January 7, 2021

CHAI is excited to announce that Will Pass has joined our team as Chief Financial & Operating Officer. Will comes to CHAI with significant experience in finance, accounting and housing development, having worked in finance and operations at the Housing Authority in Baltimore, Rochester, Wilmington and Marin County, CA, in addition to his experience at nonprofit... Read More

Pimlico Redevelopment Community Compact Signed

December 8, 2020

CHAI is pleased to share that the Pimlico Redevelopment Community Compact was formally completed and signed this morning. The Compact ensures the voices of neighborhood groups will be heard throughout the process to redevelop the Pimlico Race Course property and highlights key areas of focus to enhance the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods. CHAI was honored to... Read More

Affordable Housing is Essential to Equitable Communities

December 5, 2020

As America and the world shelter at home to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, it has become clearer than ever that safe housing is a basic human need and that ensuring access to quality affordable housing is essential to an equitable community. CHAI CEO Lisa Budlow, serves as the Chair of the Housing Workgroup of the National... Read More

CHAI Leads Effort to Beautify Glen

December 4, 2020

In partnership with the Glen Neighborhood Improvement Association and Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer’s office, CHAI participated in Baltimore City’s BMORE Beautiful program, a community spruce-up effort to “keep Baltimore beautiful…block by block and neighborhood to neighborhood.” Over the course of five weekends this fall, several local students engaged in neighborhood clean-up projects in the Glen... Read More