The Ravens are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to build rowhouses in Baltimore.
The two organizations are combining to construct three new rowhouses in the Washington Village neighborhood called Pigtown on Russell Street near M&T Bank Stadium
Pigtown is an impoverished area with several residents living below the poverty line and one in eight homes abandoned or in need of repair.
Habitat for Humanity has rehabbed 20 homes in the neighborhood of the project site, and the Ravens' community foundation will fund three of the homes to be completed by the fall.
“This neighborhood, which surrounds the M&T Bank Stadium area, is important to both Habitat for Humanity and the Ravens,” Ravens team president Dick Cass said in a statement. “We are honored to be a part of this building project and hope that our involvement will lead to joint future endeavors. We are delighted to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this venture.”
Ravens players, coaches and staff will take part in building the projects May 17 and June 6.
Among the recipients of these new homes, deserving and qualified homeowners may include existing members of the Pigtown community, veterans and current members of the military and stadium workers from M&T Bank Stadium.
According to the news release, applicants must go through a rigorous eligibility process and meet the following criteria: the ability to pay a monthly mortgage; a need for decent housing; and a willingness to partner in the form of “sweat equity,” in which applicants become actively involved in the building process through volunteer hours.
"Our Habitat Chesapeake board and staff are incredibly excited about partnering with the World Champion Baltimore Ravens,” Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake CEO Mike Posko said. “Our focus and efforts for this project are to continue the revitalization of a neighborhood within the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium."