ezStorage News | September 2, 2015
ezStorage is honored to assist charities and organizations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. Recently, ezStorage assisted St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center during the National Night Out neighborhood community event in Greater Charles Village. Our Charles Village storage facility donated wardrobe boxes to be used for a children’s craft activity. The children had great time painting and playing in the donated boxes and it was a great creative outlet for them during the community event.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, located at 321 E. 25th Street in Baltimore, Maryland is a non-denominational 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The organization, founded in 1968, is the oldest non-profit housing provider in Baltimore. Since its inception over 47 years ago, the organization has helped over 118,000 families with a variety of housing needs. St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is supported by individuals, local corporations, local financial institutions, religious organizations and the federal government. The non-profit also receives support from the Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. The mission of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is to “create and maintain equal housing opportunities for low and moderate income people, mainly in Baltimore City and to encourage and support strong and diverse neighborhoods.”
The organization helps over 3,000 families per year by providing information to assist in homeownership to help in finding affordable housing in Baltimore to legal advice and assistance. The group also takes part in community events and activities.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center offers a variety of programs and services from acquiring a home to keeping a home. The services offered by St. Ambrose are:
Home Ownership- Professional counselors help individuals and families find affordable housing in Baltimore. The organization has workshops that teach new homebuyers a variety of topics such as getting a mortgage, looking for a home and keeping a home.
Home Sharing– St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center helps homeowners who want to offer an extra room of their home to someone who is looking for an affordable room to rent. St. Ambrose matches the two parties based on various levels of compatibility.
Rental Services-St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center has been providing affordable housing in Baltimore for low to moderate income individuals and families since 1977. The organization also works with social service providers to develop programs to assist the tenants with special needs. The organization runs seven rental facilities and the Aigburth Vale Senior Community in Towson, Maryland.
Housing Development-St. Ambrose has renovated over 1300 vacant houses and buildings including 400 low-income rental units that St. Ambrose now manages. The organization buys foreclosed homes and renovates them to top standards with the latest features establishing high standards in the neighborhood and encouraging other homeowners to make needed repairs to help the community.
Foreclosure Prevention-The staff provides free counseling services and information to homeowners who are facing the threat of foreclosure. The counselors work with the legal department to ensure that all potential issues preventing foreclosure are addressed.
Legal Services-The legal services department provides pro bono legal assistance to lower income Maryland residents who are unable to afford legal representation. The legal services team assists with legal issues that can threaten homeownership or tenancy.
St. Ambrose depends on individual and corporate donations to support their programs. They also receive volunteer help from many local groups and universities who provide counseling and services to St. Ambrose’s clientele. During the holidays, the organization participates in an “Adopt a Family” campaign to raise funds for gifts for families in need of help to make the holidays a little brighter. Donations are tax deductible.