The Southwest Partnership, one of the community partners in UMB’s Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program, is holding a spring housing fair on Sunday, March 25, at the UM BioPark. The fair is open to the general public and will feature a presentation about the University’s improved LNYW grant, information about Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods from residents and community leaders, tours of homes for sale in the area, and more (see below).
The LNYW Program offers eligible UMB employees up to $18,500 in grants ($16,000 from the University and $2,500 from the city of Baltimore) toward the purchase of a home in seven nearby neighborhoods: Barre Circle, Franklin Square, Hollins Market, Mount Clare, Pigtown/Washington Village, Poppleton, and Union Square.
To qualify for the program, you must be a regular full- or part-time (50 percent FTE or more) UMB faculty or staff member who is in good standing, complete a homebuying counseling program, demonstrate creditworthiness, and contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the down payment.
Here are details about the Southwest Partnership Spring Housing Fair:
When and where
- Date: Sunday, March 25
- LNYW Program presentation: 11:30 a.m. to noon
- Housing fair: Noon to 4 p.m.
- Bus tours: Start at 12:20 p.m.; last one at 3:50 p.m.
- Where: UM BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore St.
What to expect
- Learn about the LNYW Program’s qualifying neighborhoods from community leaders
- Get a better understanding of the LNYW qualifications
- View housing stock and tour homes for sale in the area
- Meet lenders, real estate agents, and home developers
- Tour businesses and historical landmarks
- Talk with residents, teachers, and community leaders
- Explore all the benefits and incentives that can stack up for a new home purchase
- Sign up for homebuying counseling, which is a requirement of the LNYW Program
- Get a chance to win a new iPad Mini or other door prizes
Registration and Other Links
- To register for the Southwest Partnership Spring Housing Fair, click here.
- Check out the Southwest Partnership’s website for resources and more information about the neighborhoods that make up the “Hidden Gem of Baltimore.”
- Check out the LNYW Program website for information about program eligibility, parameters, the application process, and more.
- Read about the first UMB employee to buy a house under the improved LNYW Program.