Move Up in Baltimore

Revitalizing Communities & Stabilizing Families in Baltimore

Since 2003 HomeFree-USA has been acquiring and rehabilitating houses for sale to LMI homebuyers. With our newest program, Move Up in Baltimore, we are  expanding homeownership opportunities through the reuse of vacant, abandoned and/or foreclosed properties. Starting in West Baltimore, Move Up in Baltimore is acquiring, rehabilitating and selling up to fifty (50) formerly vacant properties each year. 

To date, we have acquired 23 Baltimore properties, sold 8 and  have 2 currently under contract.  The program works in tandem with the HomeFree-USA homeownership preparation program, which has made homeownership possible for more than 24,009 first-time homebuyers. 0% have foreclosed.

Through Move Up in Baltimore, HomeFree-USA: 

  • Acquires a steady supply of properties for acquisition and rehabilitation at discounted pricing.  
  • Generates a prospective pool of qualified homebuyers by working with major employers enrolled in the Baltimore “Live Near Your Work” program and other employer match programs.  
  • Offers  pre-purchase, post- purchase and loss mitigation counseling services to Baltimore homebuyers.
  • Helps existing homeowners by improving the overall condition and value of properties in the neighborhoods where Move Up operates.
  • Creates local employment opportunities.

Program Participants

  • Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Baltimore City

Move Up in Baltimore is reclaiming the Baltimore neighborhoods that have been ravaged by vacant properties and the other ill effects of the housing crisis.


Affordable Housing Tip

Do you know that on the east coast, Baltimore stands out for affordability?  Check out this news release from The Baltimore Sun.


See also Project Rebound. Project Rebound, a nationwide program, was created in 2009 to revitalize communities impacted by the housing crisis. HomeFree-USA and its affiliated agencies have been rebuilding neighborhoods in urban markets around the country. 2,000 units have been delivered to date.


Move Up in Maryland Launch

Marcia with Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh


Baltimore City Council President, Jack Young, with Ricardo and Demetrius, participants in The Road Home


Marcia with Amber Rodriguez  and Jill Showell of Ocwen


Harry Sewell, HFUSA and Carol Gilbert, Maryland DHCD


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