Buy Back the Block Recipients

Thanks to the launch of Live Baltimore’s Buy Back the Block program, Baltimore renters are becoming homeowners in the neighborhood areas that they love!

Buy Back the Block is an ARPA-funded anit-displacement program that provides eligible renters a $10,000 home purchase grant or a $20,000 home purchase and renovation grant to buy a home in their current neighborhood area. These grants do not need to be repaid!

See the stories from Buy Back the Block grant recipients below and learn more about the Buy Back the Block program here.

First-Time Homeowner: Shannon Clifton

Shannon Clifton began the journey to generational wealth for her family after receiving the $5,000 Buying Into Baltimore incentive and the $10,000 Buy Back the Block home purchase grant. Learn more about how she became a first-time and first-generation homebuyer without leaving her beloved Edmondson Village area.

Keeping it in the Family: Leslie Neal

Leslie Neal had been renting a family home in the York Road area from her nephew when she decided to take a step toward homeownership. However, she had doubts about whether she could make it happen. Once Leslie found out she was eligible for the Buy Back the Block program, she not only decided to purchase but also to make some renovations to the home that had been in her family for decades. With $20,000 in grant funds, she’s well on her way to creating her dream home!

Have more questions about Buy Back the Block?

Visit the Buy Back the Block program page to watch a video on how the program works, view resources, and take the eligibility quiz to learn if you’re eligible for up to $20,000 in grant money.

The Buy Back the Block Program is an ARPA-funded project. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided $641 million to the City of Baltimore in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its negative economic impacts. Mayor Brandon M. Scott has established the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs to transparently and effectively administer this funding on behalf of the City. For additional information, visit the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs website.