To empower east Baltimore communities with life-enriching programs for youth and older adults.
An east Baltimore where youth and older adults have access to exceptional services and resources to thrive.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation was established in 1982 to address disinvestment in Baltimore City communities of color, which had resulted in deterioration of housing stock and increasing numbers of vacant and abandoned homes. Supported by a major grant from the Ford Foundation, Banner initiated a program to help seniors keep their homes in good repair and remain in their communities. In 1999 Banner launched a community empowerment initiative that resulted in visible neighborhood improvements such as wall murals, community gardens, and playgrounds. Programs for youth were added in 2000. Today, key initiatives include services to help senior homeowners age in place, afterschool and weekend programs for young people, job preparation for older youth, and partnerships with community-based organizations.
Banner’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan provides a road map for bringing more resources and more services to the residents of east Baltimore. Over the next three years we will be exploring new revenue streams, securing more program space, investing in our infrastructure, creating new jobs, and sharing more good stories about the Banner neighborhoods.