Reinvestment Fund is financing the redevelopment of the historic Hebrew Orphans Asylum building in West Baltimore into a Crisis Stabilization Center for people with acute addiction crises.
The Stabilization Center provides safe, short-term crisis services for individuals who are intoxicated from drugs and/or alcohol. Operated by Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB), the center will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in Baltimore City, which has the highest rate of opioid use and public intoxication in Maryland. People are transported to the center by EMS or mobile crisis teams. The center can serve 30 people at any given time. This innovative model provides the community alternatives to sending people to overburdened emergency departments and supports recovery in communities, as it helps to link people with substance use disorders to treatment and recovery support services that will help them in overcoming their addiction.
BHSB is currently operating a pilot center in a neighboring facility and will move to its new building when renovations are completed. The project is being developed by Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation (CHCDC), a nonprofit corporation that was established Coppin State University, a Historically Black College or University, to advance community improvement and neighborhood revitalization in the area around the University including the Greater Coppin Heights/Rosemont community.
Reinvestment Fund has been a longtime partner to the project, initially providing predevelopment financing to support efforts to stabilize the building, in anticipation of a larger project to repurpose the facility.
Reinvestment Fund is now supporting the New Markets Tax Credit transaction for the project, with a permanent loan and loans to bridge Maryland State Historic Tax Credits, Federal Historic Tax Credits, a State Bond Grant and a grant from the Weinberg Foundation. Reinvestment Fund’s capital for the project includes resources from the Baltimore Energy Initiative, which incentivizes the creation of energy improvement measures. A portion of Reinvestment Fund’s loan is participated to Blue Hub Capital. Wells Fargo is the investor for the NMTC and Fallbrook Credit Finance is the investor for the Federal Historic Tax Credits. Harbor Bank is providing the NMTC allocation for the project.
The Stabilization Center is a critical access point into the broader public behavioral health system. People who receive care at the Center are offered meaningful connections to treatment and support services in the community and are also provided case management for 30 days after discharge from the center. The project also includes an ongoing evaluative component to assess if there is improved health outcomes for those served by the Center and cost-savings to the system of care. The evaluation is overseen by staff from Baltimore City Health Department, Johns Hopkins Hospital and BHSB.