The Homewood Community Partners Initiative
The Homewood Community Partners Initiative (HCPI), a large-scale revitalization agenda, encompasses the collective interests of major stakeholders in Central Baltimore. Central Baltimore includes ten neighborhoods and one commercial district: Abell, Barclay, Charles North, Charles Village, Greenmount West, Harwood, Oakenshawe, Old Goucher, Remington, Wyman Park, and Waverly Main Street.
HCPI outlines strategies and recommendations for addressing five areas of concern:
- clean and safe neighborhoods;
- blight elimination and housing creation;
- public education;
- commercial and retail development; and
- local hiring, purchasing and workforce development.
HCPI originated with an announcement from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) stating that the president and the trustees would make a special investment in the area surrounding the Homewood Campus. JHU commissioned Joseph McNeely, then executive director of the Central Baltimore Partnership, to lead an extensive community planning process that culminated in the Homewood Community Partners Initiative: A Call to Action.
HCPI, adopted by CBP in 2012, serves as the framework for our community development strategy and is our guiding document. HCPI details a common vision for the future, a concise set of strategies for realizing that vision, and recommends a series of programs for advancing those strategies with the collaboration of a broad range of public, private, and nonprofit groups.
HCPI was awarded the 2015 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for “Building Smarter Communities” and the 2014 Award of Excellence “Collaboration Award” from the Community Development Network of Maryland. Read more about the awards received for the HCPI Agenda here.