Press Release

February 26, 2021
Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $3.3 Million in Federal Funding to Reduce Health Disparities and Boost Affordable Housing Across the City

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $3,344,121 in federal funding to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in housing and healthcare services for underserved communities across Baltimore.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic barriers that prevent communities of color from accessing housing and healthcare. This funding will provide quality healthcare to Baltimore women and expand access to affordable housing across the city,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland remains committed to securing additional resources to ensure our constituents’ basic needs are met and to invest in Baltimore’s low-income communities.”

The latest round of funding includes:

  • $2,200,000 for Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc. to strengthen affordable housing developments throughout the city. This tranche of funding comes from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Capital Magnet Fund.
  • $1,144,121 for Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. to ensure that new mothers receive high-quality care in the periods before, during and after their pregnancies, which will help reduce maternal mortality and infant mortality. This tranche of funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Start Initiative.

Last week, the lawmakers announced more than $750,000 in housing assistance for Baltimore City.

In November, the Maryland delegation announced nearly $2.4 million in federal funding to support maternal care and child health care services across the state.