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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 22, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 4
Revamped Home-buying Program to Be Unveiled

Johns Hopkins will unveil a newly minted Live Near Your Work Program next week that will feature significantly increased home-buying grants and an expanded neighborhood range.

The changes will be announced at the Live Near Your Work Home Ownership Expo, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Turner Concourse.

The program, launched in 1997, is designed to stimulate home ownership in targeted revitalization areas by providing a cash grant to eligible Johns Hopkins employees. To date, more than 300 employees have purchased homes in the targeted communities, located near the Homewood campus and in East Baltimore.

The event will feature presentations from senior Johns Hopkins officials and representatives of the Office of WorkLife and Engagement, which runs the program. Participants can meet with home- buying experts and learn how to quality for LNYW grants.

The event's organizers will also raffle off prizes — including an iPod Touch, a 27-speed bicycle and gift certificates to area merchants — between 1 and 2 p.m. (must be present to win).

Michelle Carlstrom, director of the Office of WorkLife and Engagement, said that the enhanced program should greatly impact homeownership options for Johns Hopkins employees and the areas surrounding the university's Baltimore campuses.

"We're very excited about the upcoming expo and our official re-launch of this program," she said. "Our focus in rebuilding Live Near Your Work was to create a program that would responsibly serve and benefit three groups: Johns Hopkins people, the institution at large and Baltimore City neighborhoods. I think we're off to a good start."

For more information about the program or the Home Ownership Expo, go to or call 443-997-7000.
—Greg Rienzi


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