On Saturday, 2020 OSI Community Fellow Bree Jones, co-founder of Parity Homes, held a celebration in West Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood to officially break ground on three new homes, each of which is the site of a previously abandoned building, and each of which already has a buyer.
As the Baltimore Sun reports, these homes are just the start: “[Jones] has 25 homeowners signed up to make offers on future homes and a waitlist of more than 90 more. Her goal is to renovate 96 homes on 10 contiguous blocks in the neighborhood just west of Martin Luther King Boulevard.”
The story goes on to explain that Parity is “an economic development company with a goal of creating accessible neighborhoods for aspiring homeowners and long-time residents and a mission statement of ‘development without displacement.'”
The celebration, which included appearances by Mayor Brandon Scott, City Councilwoman Odette Ramos, and Comptroller Bill Henry, was also covered by WMAR. In its September issue, Baltimore magazine called Jones a “Gamechanger.”