Sandtown-Winchester is a vibrant Baltimore City community with a rich history and deep cultural traditions. The housing stock is architecturally beautiful but has deteriorated over the years. Too many families with incomes below the neighborhood median of about $15,000 must rent substandard units from absentee landlords, and hundreds of units sit vacant and boarded.
Awareness of Sandtown’s housing crisis led members of the community to initiate an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 to respond to the challenge of rebuilding homes and hope.
Since the founding of Sandtown Habitat for Humanity in 1989, more than 300 Habitat homes have been built in the 15 block focus area within Sandtown. The rehabilitation of ten of these homes began with the 1992 Jimmy Carter Work Project, hosted in Sandtown. This exciting project brought nation-wide attention to this local Baltimore city neighborhood.
Residents of Sandtown, as well as other neighbors throughout Baltimore, are very active with Habitat for Humanity – volunteering, owning homes and even donating. Habitat is grateful for the support shown by numerous individuals, congregations, corporations, colleges and universities in this area.
In 2014, the Habitat affiliate serving Sandtown decided to merge with Habitat Chesapeake to provide more efficient and effective services not just to Sandtown but to many communities throughout Central Maryland. Download more information about this merger. We are grateful to have joined efforts to serve more families, build more homes and revitalize more communities.