community development

Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.

Baltimore, MD

The Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc., (HEBCAC) is a nonprofit community development organization founded in 1994 by Johns Hopkins University, city and state officials and area residents. Its mission is to work with residents and other stakeholders to improve neighborhoods in a 220-block area of East Baltimore. Since its founding HEBCAC has implemented a series of programs that address both the physical infrastructure and human capital issues faced by residents of the neighborhoods within which it works.

HEBCAC programs serve out-of school youth, people with drug addiction and local economic development. It provides community organizing activities. HEBCAC converts vacant warehouses into space for nonprofits and community use. HEBCAC sponsors EBTRC, a computer refurbishing and training center. Local residents learn to refurbish systems, use software and can earn a free computer. Refurbished computers go to schools around the state. Systems are sold through EBTRC’s retail outlet. Store profits subsidize free training and community adoption programs.

In 2008, HEBCAC and the Center for Community Technology Services began the L@TCH program to help city school families get home computers to support their child’s academics.

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