New apartments offer affordable housing opportunities for low-income and homeless residents

(Baltimore, MD - November 29, 2018) – The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Executive Director Janet Abrahams joined Mayor Catherine Pugh, Enterprise Homes, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt and other community leaders for the grand opening of Metro Heights at Mondawmin, a striking new transit-oriented development in West Baltimore. This modern four-story elevator building offers 70 apartment homes in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. HABC partnered with Enterprise Homes on the project, providing Project-Based Section 8 subsidies for 18 units. Of these 18 units, 11 are reserved for non-elderly disabled residents (“NEDs”) earning 30% or less of the AMI and seven are restricted to individuals or families who are “chronically homeless.” 

“Today, we celebrate the creation of new affordable housing in a community that is rich with essential resources and amenities,” said HABC Executive Director Janet Abrahams. “Through strong partnerships such as this, HABC is fulfilling its mission of providing quality affordable housing opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for the people we serve.”

Metro Heights residents have access to a suite of amenities, including in-unit washer/dryers, on-site parking, a business center a fitness room, and a club room with sweeping views of downtown Baltimore. The community stands across from the Mondawmin transit hub – served by the Metro and 11 regional bus lines – giving residents easy access to regional job centers and amenities. The adjacent Mondawmin Mall offers ample options for shopping and dining, as well as health services. The new Parks & People Foundation campus is across the street, and Druid Hill Park – the largest park in Baltimore City – provides expansive green space for leisure and recreational activities a block away.

“Enhancing access for citizens to all that our City has to offer is essential if we hope to be regarded as a 21st century city,” said Mayor Pugh. “The opening of Metro Heights is further evidence of our priority to invest in neighborhoods and improve the quality of life of residents. This is a prime residential location that provides easy access to higher education institutions, transportation, retail and so many of our cherished community assets. I am grateful to our partners who have made this very attractive new residential complex possible.” 

HABC is committed to finding creative solutions to develop and preserve quality affordable housing opportunities in sustainable neighborhoods that support families, stabilize communities, and spark neighborhood investment. In 2017, HABC and Enterprise Homes celebrated the grand re-opening of the Allendale, a 164-unit apartment community for seniors and non-elderly disabled residents. The Allendale, which was transformed into a safe, energy efficient, and welcoming building, was HABC’s first Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversion to close and the first to reach 100% occupancy. 

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