Acquiring property from the City has never been easier. Whether you're a large-scale developer, a local community development corporation, a faith-based developer, or an individual homesteader, we encourage you to bid.
There are two primary ways developers can acquire City-owned properties for development:
- Bid on Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Requests for Qualifications (RFQ)
- Purchase individual vacant properties through the Vacants to Value program
DHCD also offers financial and programmatic support for projects, especially for community-based developers and developers interested in increasing the supply of affordable housing in Baltimore City.
Vacants to Value
City-owned properties are sold through DHCD’s Vacants to Value (V2V) program. Through reorganization, increased marketing, and improvement of pricing policy, we are making the sale of city- owned properties a clear, predictable, and transparent process. Click here for more information on the Vacants to Value program.
In distressed neighborhoods where vacants are concentrated, but strong anchors make revitalization possible, Vacants to Value builds partnerships with developers capitalized to rehabilitate large scale areas into neighborhoods of choice.
V2V utilizes the assets uniquely held by DHCD – the capacity for targeted code enforcement, strategic land disposition, receivership filing, and large-scale demolition – to create a predictable environment that allows the City to improve communities, build market confidence, and leverage investment from the private sector, nonprofit partners, and other City agencies.
DHCD accepts applications/proposals for available City-owned properties. A list of these properties is available at www.vacantstovalue.org/propertysearch.aspx.
You may also obtain a paper copy of the property list at:
417 E. Fayette Street
10th Floor – Room 1037
Baltimore, MD 21202
The office is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Track City-Owned Properties Sold through Vacants to Value
Interested in seeing our progress? Check here to see what properties have sold and what their status is today.
Track Properties Going through the Receivership Process
Have your eye on a particular receivership property? Wondering where it stands? Check here to see where vacants being auctioned stand.
Demolition Site Maps
DHCD seeks to create a Baltimore in which every current and future resident lives in a safe and stable neighborhood. The removal of vacant and abandoned buildings is a critical tool that helps the City eliminate blight in order to stabilize housing values, leverage investments, enhance public safety, and create reuse opportunities and green space.
Population loss and other economic factors over the past 60 years have left Baltimore with over 17,000 vacant and boarded structures. Based on location, population trends, and market demand, about 5,500 of those vacants have good potential for redevelopment. Market demand for the remaining 11,500, however, is very limited. These 11,500 properties are candidates for demolition. Under Vacants to Value, the City’s commitment of $10 million per year in demolition funding has allowed us to concentrate significant resources on blight elimination in recent years.
While there is much more need for demolition than current resources allow, Baltimore Housing strives to identify demolitions that will have the most impact on affected neighborhoods. We prioritize demolitions that accomplish at least one of several goals: support investment, stabilize areas of moderate or high homeownership, promote public safety, address community requests, and create opportunities for green space and other reuse. We also prioritize demolition where the least amount of relocation will be necessary. Properties are identified by gathering input from community leaders, City agencies, and other stakeholders in addition to analyzing the available data.
In cases where there are one or more occupied houses on a targeted block, those residents have access to relocation benefits in order to promote whole-block solutions for impacted communities. Each resident is contacted by one of our relocation specialists who is committed to offering the family a substantial benefits package and helping them find a new home if needed.
If you have questions about a specific demolition site on the map, or if you want to propose a location for future demolition, please contact the Demolition Department at 410-396-3512 or at [email protected]. If there is a property that you believe to be an immediate danger to the public, please report it to 311 as soon as possible.
Visit the Project CORE Website.
Financial and Programmatic Support
DHCD’s Office of Project Finance provides funding for the production of rental and for-sale housing opportunities in order to create decent, safe and affordable housing for the citizens of Baltimore City.
Click here for more information on financial and programmatic support for the development of affordable housing.