The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs (MORP) announces third round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant to address community development, youth services, and food insecurity.
Mayor Brandon Scott has awarded a $950,000 grant to Banner Neighborhoods to provide office space and programming in an under-resourced community in East Baltimore.
This is part of the Mayor’s commitment to nonprofit organizations serving families, youth, and vulnerable communities throughout the city of Baltimore.
“This next round of funding sends a clear statement that we are deeply committed to supporting organizations that provide critical services in and for communities throughout Baltimore,” Mayor Scott said.
The funding will be used to transform an unutilized space at 1819 E. Preston Street. Once the renovations are complete, the building will contain offices and co-working space. It will have a workforce development center, commercial kitchen for teaching and hosting events, and multi-purpose space for events and physical activity.
“This funding will further our mission of providing programs for older adults and youth,” said Robin Truiett-Theodorson, Executive Director of Banner Neighborhoods. “For over 40-years we have been providing out-of-school activities for kids and helping our seniors age in place. We are proud to have been selected among the many great organizations. We applaud the Mayor’s commitment of investing in the lives of young people and preparing them for careers of tomorrow, while at the same time caring for our seniors, a group that often feels left out and forgotten.”
Banner started as a mission to help seniors to keep their homes in good repair. It has blossomed into a community empowerment mission. Banner has been a force of positive change in East Baltimore and has made a difference in the lives of residents ravished by segregation, disinvestment, and underemployment.
Mayor Scott has been committed to providing healthy and sustainable environments for Baltimore. Recognizing the work of Banner to provide afterschool, weekend, and summer learning experiences for 250 neighborhood children and youth per year and helping them develop life skills that they rarely learn in school.
He understands every senior should age in place with health and dignity, and he has pushed to make sure there are tangible and transformational investments in improving their living conditions.
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