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GBHDC Collection Overview

Collection Title: Greater Baltimore Housing Development Corporation (GBHDC) 

Inclusive Dates: 1965-1975 

Size: 10.2 linear feet plus 54 sets of housing plans

Scope and Contents:  
By-laws, correspondence, minutes, contracts, legal papers, accounting records, cost estimates, newspaper clippings, mailing lists, membership lists, speeches, and housing plans.  This collection includes records that focus on efforts to rebuild "slot housing" on Carey Street and apartment houses in Shipley Hill.  Also included are records on housing construction on Fulton Avenue, rehabilitation of the Gay Street urban renewal area, and relocation housing for displaced African Americans in East Towson, Baltimore County.

Historical Note:  
GBHDC was a private, non-profit corporation established in 1967 to assist other organizations in building low and moderate income housing in metropolitan Baltimore.  As a subsidiary of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the GBHDC eventually become a housing developer itself, working on subsidized housing programs with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  In 1972, the GBHDC was liquidated after significant financial losses.  A 1973 report cited neighborhood instability, vandalism, trouble obtaining competent builders, and problems with Federal housing programs as factors that led to the decline of the corporation.

Custodial History:  
The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by the Greater Baltimore Committee in February 1980.