How to Apply

Black Women Build – Baltimore is a home ownership initiative that trains black women in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing by rehabilitating vacant and deteriorated houses. Once completed, the participant will have an opportunity to buy the home.
It is a multistep process to become a candidate. First step is the online questionnaire application.  We will be accepting these twice per year depending on how many houses we are able to work on. The inaugural application period has opened for the program beginning in late June. Enrollment is very limited, and applicants must come for an information session and personal interview to be considered.

Basic Applicant REQUIREMENTS

Baltimore City resident

At least 20 years old

Be drug-free

Have a HS diploma or GED

Meet the basic financial criteria (see the ‘Important financial details’ section and the Applicant FAQ)

Conduct a successful interview with Leadership team

Be able to attend every weekday, Monday-Friday from 9am. – 3pm for 16 weeks + possible weekends if needed (advance notice will be given)
caveat: try to be flexible as rebuilding a house takes time

Able to participate in trades-related workshops up to twice a month with our collaborators.

Participate in program-related sessions for financial literacy and debt repair, counseling, and nutritional awareness.

Please read all the information on this page, including the Frequently Asked Questions and Important financial details before filling out the Application.

If you are not selected, please do not be discouraged. Admission as a participant to Black Women Build – Baltimore is very competitive and committing to a 16-weeks and career skills training program while balancing a lot of other demands on one’s life is a big consideration. Should you not be accepted, please apply again.

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

 Please scroll down for the Frequently Asked Questions

Important financial details

As a participant you, will be expected to be or become financially literate and fiscally responsible. This is integral to the program, and being able to buy the home. Owning a home is a big deal and we want to make sure that the financial foundation of the woman buying the home AND the physical foundation of the house are both sound. There are basic financial criteria you must meet in order to purchase the home on which you will be working. We do not expect you to have completed this criteria prior to beginning the program, there will be financial counseling available through our lending partner, the non-profit Neighborhood Housing Services.

One of the things the lender will be looking for is a minimum credit score of 640. You can look up your credit score for free and pull one report every four months – one from each credit reporting bureau – in order to have an idea of what is in your credit history. You can look up your credit at annualcreditreport.com. You do not have to buy a credit score.

Another criteria is the lender will look at is your ability to save money and put down a down payment for the house. Their financial coaches will help you create a budget in order to save $2500. How long it will take is dependent on your personal fiscal acuity and debt. We understand that not all participants have traditional lines of credit (loans, credit cards, student loans) and so NHS allows for non-traditional lines (utilities in person’s name that are paid on time, phone bill paid on time, and documented 12 months of on time rental payments (even if living with family members).

Please understand that these things are not exhaustive and there may be other ways to prove income and credit but these are good examples of what a participant could use. If thinking about applying for our program, it would be better look into these things before you begin. Of course, you can always apply but these are some of the financial commitments that will be expected of you.

How to Apply

Black Women Build – Baltimore is a home ownership initiative that trains black women in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing by rehabilitating vacant and deteriorated houses. Once completed, the participant will have an opportunity to buy the home.
It is a multistep process to become a candidate. First step is the online questionnaire application.  We will be accepting these twice per year depending on how many houses we are able to work on. The inaugural application period has opened for the program beginning in late June. Enrollment is very limited, and applicants must come for an information session and personal interview to be considered.

Basic Applicant REQUIREMENTS

Baltimore City resident

At least 20 years old

Be drug-free

Have a HS diploma or GED

Meet the basic financial criteria (see the ‘Important financial details’ section and the Applicant FAQ)

Conduct a successful interview with Leadership team

Be able to attend every weekday, Monday-Friday from 9am. – 3pm for 16 weeks + possible weekends if needed (advance notice will be given)
caveat: try to be flexible as rebuilding a house takes time

Able to participate in trades-related workshops up to twice a month with our collaborators.

Participate in program-related sessions for financial literacy and debt repair, counseling, and nutritional awareness.

If you are not selected, please do not be discouraged. Admission as a participant to Black Women Build – Baltimore is very competitive and committing to a 16-weeks and career skills training program while balancing a lot of other demands on one’s life is a big consideration. Should you not be accepted, please apply again.

Please read all the information on this page, including the Frequently Asked Questions and Important financial details before filling out the Application.

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

Important financial details

As a participant you, will be expected to be or become financially literate and fiscally responsible. This is integral to the program, and being able to buy the home. Owning a home is a big deal and we want to make sure that the financial foundation of the woman buying the home AND the physical foundation of the house are both sound. There are basic financial criteria you must meet in order to purchase the home on which you will be working. We do not expect you to have completed this criteria prior to beginning the program, there will be financial counseling available through our lending partner, the non-profit Neighborhood Housing Services.

One of the things the lender will be looking for is a minimum credit score of 640. You can look up your credit score for free and pull one report every four months – one from each credit reporting bureau – in order to have an idea of what is in your credit history. You can look up your credit at annualcreditreport.com. You do not have to buy a credit score.

Another criteria is the lender will look at is your ability to save money and put down a down payment for the house. Their financial coaches will help you create a budget in order to save $2500. How long it will take is dependent on your personal fiscal acuity and debt. We understand that not all participants have traditional lines of credit (loans, credit cards, student loans) and so NHS allows for non-traditional lines (utilities in person’s name that are paid on time, phone bill paid on time, and documented 12 months of on time rental payments (even if living with family members).

Please understand that these things are not exhaustive and there may be other ways to prove income and credit but these are good examples of what a participant could use. If thinking about applying for our program, it would be better look into these things before you begin. Of course, you can always apply but these are some of the financial commitments that will be expected of you.

Applicant Frequently Asked Questions

How does this program work?

You apply and are interviewed and accepted into the program. Once accepted, we set you up with our partners at NHS to begin the financial counseling portion of the program. This is important as we want to keep the timeline as short as possible for you to be able to qualify for a loan AND finish the house that you will buy. The house will take about four months to complete once we begin working on it.

Do I get paid to work on the house?

You will receive a small stipend for your work.

Do I need money to buy the house?

Yes, you will need to qualify for a home loan from one of our lending partners in order to buy the home.

How much will I need?

You will need to put down at least $2500 of your own money to buy the house.

What if I don’t have it?

You can work on saving it (NHS will help you create a budget) or it can be gifted.

How long does it take to buy the house?

The house building process will take around four months. If you have started to save and/or began working with our lender, the process could coincide with the house building. But most likely, you will be renting the house until you are able to purchase it.

How much is the house?

We are still looking at that but believe it will be somewhere between $70,000 to $80,000.

How big is the house?

These first houses are two bedroom, one bath homes and are about 1000 square feet.

A lot of people talk about “flipping houses” is that what this is?

No, we believe in building community with whom you work and where you live. Therefore, you must stay in the house at least five years before you can sell it. We think you will love living next to and around those of us who have worked together to rebuild this block, and will want to stay even after the five years is up.

How do I get to be a part of this project?

Fill out our initial questionnaire and if there is space and a good fit, we will be in contact.

How do I know if I am a good fit for this program?

You will be asked to follow many different tasks in our program. Before you click APPLY, please make sure you read through this entire page. Following these directions is your first task!

Applicant Frequently Asked Questions

How does this program work?

You apply and are interviewed and accepted into the program. Once accepted, we set you up with our partners at NHS to begin the financial counseling portion of the program. This is important as we want to keep the timeline as short as possible for you to be able to qualify for a loan AND finish the house that you will buy. The house will take about four months to complete once we begin working on it.

Do I get paid to work on the house?

You will receive a small stipend for your work.

Do I need money to buy the house?

Yes, you will need to qualify for a home loan from one of our lending partners in order to buy the home.

How much will I need?

You will need to put down at least $2500 of your own money to buy the house.

What if I don’t have it?

You can work on saving it (NHS will help you create a budget) or it can be gifted.

How long does it take to buy the house?

The house building process will take around four months. If you have started to save and/or began working with our lender, the process could coincide with the house building. But most likely, you will be renting the house until you are able to purchase it.

How much is the house?

We are still looking at that but believe it will be somewhere between $70,000 to $80,000.

How big is the house?

These first houses are two bedroom, one bath homes and are about 1000 square feet.

A lot of people talk about ‘flipping houses’ is that what this is?

No, we believe in building community with whom you work and where you live. Therefore, you must stay in the house at least five years before you can sell it. We think you will love living next to and around those of us who have worked together to rebuild this block, and will want to stay even after the five years is up.

How do I get to be a part of this project?

Fill out our initial questionnaire and if there is space and a good fit, we will be in contact.

How do I know if I am a good fit for this program?

You will be asked to follow many different tasks in our program. Before you click APPLY, please make sure you read through this entire page. Following these directions is your first task!

Intern and Volunteer Opportunities

Our internship cycle lasts 3 months and is a great way to get better acquainted with the building trades. These internships can also be an avenue for additional opportunity with Black Women Build – Baltimore.

Please visit the Internship page to familiarize yourself with our mission and the specific positions available. Submit the application materials as directed, and if we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone/in-person interview.
Black Women Build – Baltimore is also looking for skilled and unskilled volunteers, and trade professionals to support our program!

Please visit our Get Involved page to learn more and apply.

We would love to hear from you.

Please allow at least 72 hours for email response

Name *

Email *

Tel Number (please include area code)

Zip Code *

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Your Message

Intern and Volunteer Opportunities

Our internship cycle lasts 3 months and is a great way to get better acquainted with the building trades. These internships can also be an avenue for additional opportunity with Black Women Build – Baltimore.

Please visit the Internship page to familiarize yourself with our mission and the specific positions available. Submit the application materials as directed, and if we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone/in-person interview.
Black Women Build – Baltimore is also looking for skilled and unskilled volunteers, and trade professionals to support our program!

Please visit our Get Involved page to learn more and apply.

We would love to hear from you.

Please allow 72 hours for email response

Name *

Email *

Tel Number (please include area code)

Zip Code *

Subject

* Required fields

Your Message

This project is supported in part by:

Robert W. Deutsch

OSI Fellow 2018

dhcd logo - BWBB Sponsor

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

This project is supported in part by:

Robert W. Deutsch

OSI Fellow 2018

dhcd logo - BWBB Sponsor

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

This project is supported in part by:

Robert W. Deutsch

OSI Fellow 2018

dhcd logo - BWBB Sponsor

Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.