What’s happening?

Black Women Build-Baltimore, a program that teaches carpentry, plumbing, and electrical skills to Black women, has renovated seven abandoned homes since its inception in 2017, reports Belinda Merritt for The Afro. Their work comes as city leaders create plans to decrease the number of dilapidated houses in Baltimore City. 

What’s special about this program? 

Not only do participants learn and implement home renovation skills, they’re also given the opportunity to own the refurbished homes once they have completed the program. “The only way we are going to succeed is if we stick by each other and we do it together,” said the organization’s founder Shelly Halstead, who moved to Baltimore from Seattle in 2015. 

Anything else I should know? 

The nonprofit is bringing on a cohort of new participants in April and September. 

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