The socioeconomic traits in Baltimore City stand in stark contrast to Baltimore County and Maryland, the richest state in the nation. Consistently high unemployment rates, especially amongst young adults, feed into a lingering economic inequality. Baltimore’s 2017-2020 Local Workforce Plan (revised in 2019) estimates that there will be a hiring demand of as many as 11,000 construction jobs that require some level of on-the-job or apprenticeship training between 2012 and 2020. A recent Career Cast report of the toughest jobs to fill estimates a 12% increase in construction laborer jobs from 2019 through 2024.
We believe that long-term neighborhood growth and sustainability is dependent on the availability of a skilled and educated workforce. This is where HTP Homes steps in with our earn and learn job pathway model providing skills needed for careers in the construction industry.
Our goal is to bring long-term financial stability to Baltimore families and the community at large. To help reach that goal, we acquire vacant properties in Baltimore that will serve as rehabilitation projects to train at-risk young adults and formerly incarcerated individuals in construction skills. Through hands-on training — often times with small, minority-owned local contractors — participants in our program learn valuable construction trade skills that facilitate transition to permanent employment and livable wages.
To realize our mission, we acquire vacant properties in need of rehabilitation in disinvested neighborhoods of Baltimore. Through public-private partnerships, we bring jobs, economic stability and housing availability to neighborhoods that need it most.
Helping communities thrive, training for sustainable jobs, providing safe and secure homes. That’s HTP Homes.
“We’re going to teach these young people how to grow. Teach them skills – carpentry skills, electrical skills, plumbing skills. We’re going to help them to a point that they can earn a good earnest living in life. And that’s what it’s all about.”
– Aaron Thompson, HTP Homes Co-Founder and CEO