Shelley Halstead isn’t sitting and waiting for the housing market to turn in central West Baltimore. She’s helping to make that happen herself — quite literally, with her own two hands. For the last couple years, Halstead’s nonprofit Black Women Build has been purchasing neglected homes in Upton and Druid Heights from the city for thousands of dollars at a time and partnering with Black women on restoring them. A master carpenter who lives in historic Marble Hill, Halstead targets homes adjacent or close to one another, solicits applications from hopeful homeowners and then teaches a chosen homebuyer woodworking, electrical work and numerous other home-renovation skills.
In West Baltimore, two Black women developers take novel approaches to tackle blight
March 23, 2021