BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Thirty Baltimore families will soon be new homeowners.

Monique Griego has more on how Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Authority made it happen.

The shovels are doing more than just breaking ground. They’re laying the groundwork for a new life.

Michelle Montgomery and her two kids are one of the 30 families that will soon be moving into a Habitat Humanity home in the Orchard Ridge Development in East Baltimore.

“We have a long and very anxious list of homeowners who are ready to move in here,” said Mike Brennan, Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity Chesapeake is teaming up with the city’s housing authority to rehab the homes and help the future owners get the financial help they need.

“This was not easy. I’m a single parent, and I’m doing it on my own, but I was determined. I was motivated.  And I was going to get it done,” Montgomery said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says these homes are an example of her plan to move blight out of the city.

“This project is proof that for every block in this city we can bring it back to life,” the mayor said.

However, Montgomery feels a new home does more than just revive a neighborhood.

“Not only am I gaining a new home, I gained an excellent family and new friends,” she said. “They have been a great support system to me.”

Once construction on the new homes is complete, the families will be given the new keys to move in.

Comments (8)
  1. paul k says:

    of course not one of the families getting a home will be of the european ethnicity, to be politically correct

    1. gary says:

      look paul nobody wants lice and flee’s all over the place with your trailer trash people. you europeans are really dirty and nasty people. you brought diseases to america when you arrived so nothing has changes.

  2. dave says:

    They will have a mortgage payment that is chump change. These people are ill trained for responsibility & have depended on government handouts for generations. It’s the black welfare way. These homes will be trashed in less than three years.

    1. outkasts says:

      @Dave,as much as I hate your trailer park comments.You have made some good points.The area was called freedom way years ago.They wanted to sell these homes for 250 thousand but why would you spend that money in that area?The city had already made it a section 8 area.5 more years and Hollander ridge part 2 ?

  3. Brian says:

    Fool. Obviously these families have to apply for the home in the first place. There is very likely an interview process to see if the homes are given to the people who will take care of it and will accept all of the responsibilities that come with it.

    1. outkasts says:

      A new home still needs work done to it!

  4. NickNackPaddyWack says:

    I give the homes less then a yea to look the way they did before habitat for humanity came into play

  5. Sharon says:

    To some of you ignorant people, there is a Mortgage Assistance Program in Baltimore City and Maryland’s counties that allow people to attain a mortgage based on their salary & credit reference. They are given a chance just like you and me to become a homeowner. I think that’s a good thing. When you have something to work for, you have a tendency to take pride in what you have accomplished. I applaud them for their accomplishments. At least they are attempting to live a better life just like you and me.

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