Baltimore Housing Justice Learning Tour

September 25 - 26, 2013

Baltimore, MD


Please join the Neighborhood Funders Group on Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, September 26th for a learning tour on strategies to promote social and economic equity through affordable housing and community development in the Baltimore region.   Baltimore will provide both a case study of pressing housing challenges that face cities and communities across the nation and a model for tackling these challenges through partnership between philanthropic, public and community leaders.  During this tour, we’ll learn from housing advocates and organizers, local funders and policymakers in Baltimore about their work on two critical and timely housing issues:

Responding to the ongoing foreclosure and mortgage crisis.  We’ll learn how Baltimore is responding to neighborhood destabilization and the loss of wealth in communities of color due to predatory lending and concentrated foreclosures.  We will focus on innovative efforts to prevent foreclosures, protect the rights of tenants in foreclosed properties, and mobilize communities to transform foreclosed and vacant properties into community assets. 

Promoting fair housing and regional housing opportunity. Baltimore is leading the nation by piloting comprehensive strategies to address racial segregation and remove barriers to affordable housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods.  We will hear from the families and advocates who won the landmark Thompson v. HUD case aimed at dismantling residential segregation, and learn about new collaborations to reduce racial disparities in access to economic opportunity by linking housing, transportation and workforce development at the regional level.

In addition to learning about local efforts to create more equitable housing policies and programs in Baltimore, this learning tour will provide an excellent opportunity to meet other funders from across the country that are working on housing justice issues!  We will provide ample opportunities to network with peer funders and catalyze new connections in our work.

This learning tour will be hosted by the Abell Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, and the Open Society Foundations.  NFG will send a more detailed description of the tour, agenda and registration information over the summer.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Peabody Hotel. Note that we have this block reserved until September 1st - please make sure to make your hotel reservations by that time. To make reservations at the Peabody hotel, 1-800-292-5500, or their front desk at 410-727-7101, or make reservations online using this link:

Please take note:
If the date range needs to be changed please follow these instructions:  After you click on the ""RESERVE"" button for your room block to go to the booking page, you can make changes to the stay dates by clicking on the ""RESERVATIONS"" button on the upper left column. This opens up the date form and you can select the starting and end stay dates you wish. Then click ""find"" and proceed with making your reservation.

The NFG Working Group on Housing Justice and Community Transformation is a national network of funders that convenes and organizes funders, advocates, practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders in support of more inclusive and equitable communities of opportunity.  To learn more about the Working Group, please visit us on the NFG website, or contact Lorraine Ramirez at

Register today!  Space is limited. This tour is open to all funders.

We ask that participants cover the cost of their airfare/train, hotel, dinner on Wednesday evening, and other travel expenses.