Black Women Build-Baltimore was founded in 2017 by Shelley Halstead who believes that for Black women to build intergenerational wealth, with the inherent security and prosperity it can generate, they must also learn the skills necessary to maintain that wealth. Home ownership and the ability to maintain that asset is one way this can be achieved.
With a passionate belief in the power of knowledge, skills, and opportunity to shape a woman’s life, Shelley founded Black Women Build – Baltimore on an intersectional framework. Our holistic program is offered to capable women who are ready for change and would not otherwise have the opportunity.
Black Women Build-Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Shelley Halstead, Founder & Executive Director


That Black women deserve to be treated with dignity for their inherent worth as human beings


We understand that oppression is experienced at the intersection of identities, conditions, systems, policies, and practices; therefore, we address barriers that impact the ability of Black women to thrive.


To create wealth and build community by dismantling the barriers that work against our ability to thrive.

In action

Since their first round in August 2019, BWBB has rebuilt nine more houses. To help keep their houses affordable, BWBB works with the Committee on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), which provides a 10-year tax credit on the property value increase resulting from rehabilitation work, saving thousands of dollars for the homeowner.

BWBB is not only rebuilding sections of historically disenfranchised neighborhoods, they’re doing so economically, environmentally, and consciously.
Our goal is to create change by creating community, knowledge, and wealth together. We appreciate your interest in our Program. If you are looking for additional reading on the need we are trying to address, please visit our Need page.
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Creating community, knowledge, and wealth together.

This project is supported in part by:
Bank of America
Baltimore Department of Housing & Community Development Grant

Black Women Build-Baltimore is an equal employer. You do not need to identify as Black or a woman to apply but as a mission-based organization, we center Black women. 

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