Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 21, 1997

Employees To Get

Johns Hopkins University, as part of the state of Maryland's new Live Near Your Work pilot program, will contribute $1,000 toward employee purchases of new homes in target areas near the Homewood, East Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Bayview campuses. The state and the city of Baltimore each will match the university's contribution, making $3,000 available to each participating member of the faculty or staff.

Any full-time faculty or staff member of the university is eligible. Employees must also contribute a minimum of $1,000 cash toward the purchase of their home.

"Johns Hopkins has been working with its neighbors for decades to ensure the vitality and stability of the communities near our campuses," said Steven Knapp, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "To that end, we have long encouraged our faculty, staff and students to live in these neighborhoods. This new partnership with the state and city gives us an opportunity to back that encouragement with cash."

Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendenning had lobbied the General Assembly this past year, urging them to approve the program as part of his Smart Growth initiative.

"Smart Growth is not just about protecting open space but revitalizing communities that are here," the governor said in comments made at the official program kick-off on July 10 at the School of Medicine.

Twenty-one employers have joined the Live Near Your Work program, including Hopkins. And the pilot program will operate from now through June 30, 1998.

Any Johns Hopkins University faculty or staff member, employed at any Hopkins campus or facility, may participate in Live Near Your Work by purchasing a home within either of two target areas, both in Baltimore City.

The perimeter of the Homewood campus target area runs from the Jones Falls Expressway east across 41st Street to 40th Street to University Parkway to Greenway to Chancery Road to Devon Street to Britton Place to Greenmount Avenue, north to Argonne Drive, east to Loch Raven Boulevard, south to the Alameda to 33rd Street, west to Loch Raven Boulevard, south to Greenmount Avenue to North Avenue, west to the Jones Falls Expressway, and north along the expressway to 41st Street.

The perimeter of the East Baltimore-Johns Hopkins Bayview target area runs from the corner of Aisquith Street and North Avenue east on North Avenue to Milton Avenue, south to Federal Street, east to Edison Highway, south to Monument Street, east to Kresson Street, south to Lombard Street, east to the county line, south to O'Donnell Street, west to Lehigh Street, north to Eastern Avenue, west to Central Avenue, north to Fayette Street, west to Aisquith Street, north to North Avenue.

The university has committed to fund 30 grants during the pilot program. Participants will be required to contact a housing agency for information about the neighborhoods in the target areas and about the Live Near Your Work program. The agency will also be able to provide information about home ownership, the process of buying a home, mortgages and fair housing laws.

For more information, a voicemail line has been set up by the Office of Worklife Programs at 410-516-6702; information will be mailed to interested employees who leave a message on the phone line. Also, you will soon receive a general mailing from the university.

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