ST AMBROSE HOUSING AID CENTER INC

St. Ambrose provides a pathway home and a springboard to a better life.

Baltimore, MD   |  https://www.stambros.org/

Mission

The mission of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is to create and maintain equal housing opportunities for low and moderate income people primarily in Baltimore City, and to encourage and support strong and diverse neighborhoods.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Gerard J Joab

Main address

321 E. 25th Street

Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

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EIN

52-1729460

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The universal need for a place to call home and all that it implies: - A sense of place, stability, and security - Neighborhood and community - A place to nurture a family and companionship - The pride of homeownership - An opportunity to build wealth - Empowerment

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rental Services

St. Ambrose Rental Services Program has been at the core of the agency's mission for over 30 years. By providing well managed, affordable rental opportunities to 310 very low to moderate income households in the Baltimore area, St. Ambrose has helped assure quality affordable housing options in a city desperately in need of more.

Population(s) Served

The Homesharing Program, which is the only one of its kind in the state, presents a unique solution to the challenge of increasing the availability of affordable housing in today’s economy. Homesharing is a solution to the affordability challenges of both homeowners and renters in Baltimore. A successful match creates housing and financial stability for the home seeker and home provider.

The Host Home Program is an expansion of our Homesharing model designed to target and accommodate the needs of young adults experiencing homelessness. The Host Home Program matches young adults ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness with a host home provider, specifically recruited and trained to work with this population, to provide them with a stable and supportive home environment for up to three months. Hope House is a new venture for St. Ambrose that houses youth (18-24) who need more than the 90 days that the Host Home Program offers to prepare them for long-term sustainable housing. Program participants live in one of our two Hope House properties and receive case management services from St. Ambrose staff.

Population(s) Served

St. Ambrose's Housing Development Program focuses on for-sale residential real estate development in targeted neighborhoods of Baltimore City. Foreclosed and distressed houses are acquired, renovated and sold to qualified low and moderate owner-­occupant home buyers. The objective of this work is to strengthen communities by helping to establish, preserve and improve quality market-rate homeownership opportunities in Baltimore's "middle neighborhoods", emerging communities with both assets and challenges, including high rates of foreclosure, reduced rates of homeownership and sluggish property values. The agency has acquired 597 vacant properties and restored them to homeownership over the past 18 years.

Population(s) Served

St. Ambrose’s Housing Counseling Program is tackling underlying financial education challenges that cause families to be at risk of foreclosure and family instability. Through group education, workshops, individual financial coaching, and pre-purchase counseling, St. Ambrose clients graduate from the program prepared to make informed and realistic decisions about their future as it relates to their financial reality. Most recently, St. Ambrose added the HUBS (Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors) Program as a service component, through which legacy homeowners can age-in-place by accessing much-needed home repairs and modifications to ensure housing stability for themselves and for future generations.

Population(s) Served

The Legal Services Program at St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center provides civil legal services to lower income residents which help secure homeownership, preserve intergenerational wealth, and ensure economic justice. The staff attorneys address housing stability issues for low income Baltimore families and those facing foreclosure or eviction using unique, community-driven legal strategies. The program provides civil legal aid to assist low income clients to preserve stable and affordable housing and aims to address the broad spectrum of housing and consumer legal issues that affect one’s ability to attain and preserve affordable housing. To this end, the staff attorneys provide direct legal services to our clients including brief advice, more in-depth counsel, and direct representation at judicial or administrative proceedings.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

NeighborWorks America 2005

Awards

Neighbor of Excellence Award 2004

Bank of America

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric includes households served through all programs: Housing Counseling, Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors, Homesharing, Legal Services, Rental Services, and Housing Development

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric includes households that attended a homeownership or foreclosure prevention workshop

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services Department

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Legal Assistance includes brief advice, legal counseling, document review and preparation, and representation

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rental Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a point-in-time count of families housed in our rental homes.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Key Measures
-People moved into permanent housing situations
- People receiving case management who are meeting their objectives
- Homes sold and neighborhoods strengthened
- Rental units and occupancy; new units developed
- Families provided financial education, counseling, and coaching - increased savings, improved credit scores, and reduced debt
- Potential first-time homebuyers served and success rate
- Post-purchase participants and impact on foreclosure rate
- Families supported in navigating the foreclosure process and number of foreclosures prevented
- Homesharing matches and homes shared
- Housing preservation legal cases and success rate
- Families whose wealth was secured through a deed or will
- Home improvement projects completed for seniors

Strategic Priorities
*Framed by our mission and vision, and in pursuit of our intended impact – provide a pathway home and
a springboard to a better life – our strategic priorities for FY 21-23 are:

- Provide pathways to permanent housing – Assist people, including formerly homeless young adults, to move to permanent housing.
- Support people in their quest for a better life – Provide case management that enables people to maintain permanent housing and expand their educational and vocational opportunities.
- Expand the rate of affordable homeownership – Develop affordable, high-quality homes for purchase.
- Clear the path to successful homeownership – Provide pre- and post-purchase education and counseling.
- Address the crushing burden of rental costs – Provide quality, affordable rentals to individuals and families.
- Help families build and preserve assets and take greater control of their financial destiny – Provide financial education, counseling, and legal services that preserve and build family wealth and facilitate the intergenerational transfer of assets.
- Enable seniors to age in place in their community – Provide a comprehensive array of services for “legacy residents” that include home improvements, financial education, asset protection, and Homesharing matches.
- Expand access to shared housing – Match home providers with home seekers, providing permanent homes across the age span and temporary housing for formerly homeless young adults.
- Help families avoid the devastation of foreclosure or eviction – Provide counseling, education, and legal services that help families avoid losing their homes through foreclosure or through landlord-tenant disputes.



Our Capabilities

Excellence in:
- Understanding how to meet the affordable housing needs of Baltimore
city and the area
- The business of affordable housing
- Affordable, attractive, marketable home renovation
- Rental property management
- Homesharing
- Housing-related financial education and counseling
- Housing and wealth-preservation legal services

- Assist people, including formerly homeless young adults, to move to permanent housing
- Provide case management that enables people to maintain permanent housing and expand their educational and vocational opportunities
- Develop affordable, high-quality homes for purchase and rental
- Offer pre- and post-purchase education and counseling that leads to successful homeownership
- Provide quality, affordable rentals to individuals and families
- Offer financial education, counseling and legal services that preserve and build family wealth
- Provide a comprehensive array of services for "legacy residents" that allow seniors to age in place in their community
- Match home providers with home seekers, providing permanent homes across the age span, and temporary housing for formerly homeless young adults
- Provide education, counseling, and ;egal services that help families avoid losing their homes through foreclosure or landlord-tenant disputes

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ST AMBROSE HOUSING AID CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 5/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Wells

Former CEO of K Bank

J. Joseph Clarke

J.J. Clarke Enterprises

Jesse Alfriend

Enterprise

Rahn Barnes

No Affiliation

Jerome Geraghty

Blades & Rosenfeld, PA

Millie Hrdina

Whole Foods/Avatar Deliveries

Barbara Schmitt

MD Department of Housing and Community Development

Nora Vlahoyiannis

SunTrust Development Corporation

Jane Wilson

Semmes, Bowen & Semmes

Patricia Bennett

Our Daily Bread, Catholic Charities

Phil Croskey

PointClickSwitch.com

Syeetah Hampton-El

State's Attorney Office, Baltimore City

Andrew O'Brien

Retired, Maryland Energy Assistance Program

Theo Ngongang

Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Shannon Pinder

Institue of Notre Dame

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes