COVID-19 and Homeownership in Baltimore

Report by Cheryl Knott
January 2024

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance   (Baltimore)

Homeownership declined in Baltimore during the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating long standing issues that have fallen particularly hard on Black communities, a new report by several local and national nonprofit organizations has found. The report, “COVID-19 and Homeownership in Baltimore,” documents how the Black community has lagged in homeownership rates in Baltimore historically. In Baltimore, from 2019 to 2021, the percentage of owner-occupied homes fell from 55% to 53%, while the Black homeownership rate (43%) remained 18 percentage points lower than the white homeownership rate (61%).

The report represents the collaborative efforts of several organizations – the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute, the Community Development Network of Maryland, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Community Leadership Program