Who We Are
The Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) is a ten-year-old nonprofit with over 100 partners who together achieve a comprehensive strategy for community revival in eleven Central Baltimore neighborhoods. CBP is a lattice of neighborhood associations, community-based nonprofits, businesses, public agencies, and institutions including Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and the University of Baltimore. With a small staff and many Task Forces, CBP has built remarkable reinvestment momentum.
CBP collectively sets targets and priorities, mobilizes partners, develops resources, and tracks progress toward our agreed-upon goals. We are governed by a Steering Committee and most of our agenda is realized by partners — from social service providers and community organizers to nonprofit and for-profit real estate developers. CBP only provides direct services when no partner can do so. We are committed to the principle that the benefits of our work extend to the entire community and that our work creates opportunity for our most underserved residents.
What We Do
CBP is guided by two action plans: the Homewood Community Partners Initiative: Call to Action Plan commissioned by JHU and adopted by CBP in 2012, and the 2017 Front & Center: A 5-Year Equity Plan for Central Baltimore. Each plan resulted from and is being realized with broad community participation.
• Coordinate community participation in major projects, including the redevelopment of Baltimore’s Penn Station and North Avenue Rising;
• Expand incentives to recruit small businesses to long-vacant sites including innovative commercial façade and tenant improvement programs;
• Work with health care providers to improve residents’ health by expanding access to health care and chronic disease prevention;
• Offer home repair programs for legacy seniors and families;
• Developing more robust programs at Central Baltimore’s community centers and other youth service providers;
• Mobilize partners to transform blighted sites into vibrant community green spaces in our neighborhoods and along the lower Jones Falls; and
• Manage an ambitious marketing campaign, Explore the Core, to attract homebuyers, businesses, and visitors.