Resources 2018-03-07T09:01:16+00:00

The Southwest Partnership has collected, created, and supported the development of resources that community members and groups can use to strengthen our community…

The resources below are sorted by topic area. Some may appear in more than one category, and we are working on adding more. If you have a suggestion for a resource to share with the community, please contact us!

Small Neighborhood Grants

Up to $5000 to support small neighborhood projects! Learn more here:

Education and Literacy

SoWeBook Boxes: Created by CUPs Coffeehouse and maintained by CUPs and community volunteers Book Boxes are an opportunity to take a book–to read something new–and leave a book for a neighbor to enjoy. A map of the book boxes is available here, and for more information or to volunteer please contact Jon Law at

Commercial Development

Commercial Development Study by CLUE (Community Land Use and Economics Group. A professional study of the SWP area, including market gaps, potential businesses to take advantage of local purchasing, and suggested commercial development strategies.

A Toolkit for Commercial Revitalization on West Baltimore Street. This toolkit, created by the Historic Preservation Studio at the University of Maryland College Park. This toolkit offers a history if West Baltimore Street, a guide to building types, and information on incentives available for the revitalization of historic commercial buildings.

Design a Public Market, Socially: A process of transformation in Hollins Market. A thesis project by Peggy Liao, a Masters in Social Design Student at MICA. It provides perspectives on Hollins Market from the points of view of the management, merchants, and community members and offers ideas about how to build connections and relationships between the Market and the community in order to strengthen the Market.

Housing Development

Housing Market Analysis by Zimmerman and Volk. A professional study of the housing market in the SWP area, which includes information on city and regional housing markets and attracting new residents to the area.

Historic Preservation

A Toolkit for Commercial Revitalization on West Baltimore Street. This toolkit, created by the Historic Preservation Studio at the University of Maryland College Park, offers information about the history of buildings and the community on West Baltimore Street, a guide to evaluating the condition and historic character of buildings, and information about resources available for the renovation and preservation of historic buildings.

Workforce Development

Free Job Training Programs. The Southwest Partnership is partnering with free job training programs in Baltimore City to recruit area residents. All programs provide certification and/or skills training, job placement help, and career guidance.

Southwest Partnership Workforce Development Resource Guide. A resource guide to training programs, job readiness, and job placement programs in and accessible from the Southwest Partnership Area. Programs in the SWP area are marked with the Southwest Partnership logo. A special thank you to the West Baltimore Employment Project which collected most of this information. If you have any suggestions for updates or corrections to the Resource Guide please contact us at