Podcast: Turning Baltimore's abandoned houses and vacant lots into affordable homes

Podcast: Turning Baltimore's abandoned houses and vacant lots into affordable homes
In neighborhoods like North Baltimore's Woodbourne-McCabe, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is restoring vacant homes and parking lots into affordable housing units. (Dan Rodricks / Baltimore Sun)

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Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks:

Baltimore's long-standing problem with thousands of abandoned houses and blighted communities is gradually being addressed -- with state funds for demolition and initiatives by the city to raise funds for affordable housing and new development in previously overlooked neighborhoods. One of the key organizations on the affordable-housing front is Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Since it came on the scene in the 1980s, Habitat Chesapeake has built or restored about 750 homes in the city, Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County.

On this show: A catch-up conversation and ride-along with Mike Posko, CEO of Habitat Chesapeake, about the non-profit's building projects and its HabiCorps skills-training program.

We visit two neighborhoods where Habitat has completed projects -- Woodbourne-McCabe in north Baltimore, and Orchard Ridge in the northeastern part of the city.




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