• Make your dream of homeownership a reality.

    Join the already 63 employees who have benefited from over 1 million dollars in grants, including Justin Hanna, Facilitates Manager of the School of Social Work.

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  • Live Near Your Work Program Expands

    Live Near Your Work is capitalizing on its success by adding two neighborhoods with historic significance: Druid Heights and Heritage Crossing.

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    Druid Heights video tour

    Heritage Crossing video tour

  • Low Mortgage Rates Make Now a Good Time to Buy a Home

    Because of low mortgage rates, now is the perfect time to purchase your dream home. Find out how you can apply to the LNYW program.

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  • Employee Tara Wells Purchases Home in Pigtown

    Urged by School of Nursing Dean Jane M. Kirschling to pursue the LNYW Program, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health program administrative specialist Tara Wells purchased a rowhouse in Pigtown. Read her story.

  • Live Baltimore Tours Hollins Market with UMB Employee

    Ashley Valis, executive director of the Office of Community Engagement and a Hollins Market resident, welcomed Live Baltimore into her home and gave a tour of the neighborhood. Read more about Hollins Market and the tour.

  • Catholic School To Be Built in Qualifying Neighborhood

    The Archdiocese of Baltimore is planning to build its first new Catholic school in the city in more than 50 years in Poppleton, one of the Live Near Year Work Program's qualifying neighborhoods. Learn more about the plans.

  • CURE Scholars Employee Finds Home

    Lauren Kareem and her husband moved to Baltimore City to shorten their commute and find a home with more space. They found everything they were looking for and more in Pigtown. Learn more about her experience.

  • Community Engagement Coordinator Talks Living in Union Square

    Bill Joyner and his partner wanted to buy a house with a big yard, private parking, and space for a future family. Union Square offered an affordable location to settle. Learn more about his experience.

  • A Postdoctoral Fellow’s Baltimore Experience

    Khandra Sears originally came to Baltimore for school, but it was the city’s famous charm that made her decide to settle for good. Learn more about her dedication to her neighborhood, Union Square.

  • A Library Employee's New Home

    Seeking a more relaxed and affordable city than Washington D.C., Stephanie Bowe settled in Union Square for its closeness to work and play. Find out what she loves about her neighborhood.

  • Explore Franklin Square

    Centered around the Franklin Square Park, this neighborhood boasts historic homes and vibrant community spaces like the Sunflower Village. Learn more about Franklin Square.

  • Explore Hollins Market

    Located near downtown and the BioPark, Hollins Market is known for its diversity, active community, and growing business district that revolves around the historic market. Learn more about living in Hollins Market.

  • Explore Union Square

    Named for the flourishing park at its center, Union Square is known for its welcoming community, elegant rowhomes, and historic charm. Learn more about living in Union Square.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program is a homebuying assistance benefit for University employees that offers money toward the down payment and closing costs of homes in select West Baltimore neighborhoods, including the purchase of a home requiring major renovations. 

UMB will contribute $16,000 per eligible participant. In addition, participants will be eligible to receive a matching grant of up to $2,500 from the Baltimore City Live Near Your Work Program.

You also may qualify for additional grants toward your home from programs outside of UMB.

Our Mission

The Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program is an initiative between UMB and key community partners that focuses on community revitalization and stabilization in targeted West Baltimore neighborhoods. LNYW benefits UMB employees by offering homeownership down payment and closing cost assistance on newly purchased homes while also demonstrating commitment to the community.

Why Live in Baltimore?

Baltimore is a vibrant city that continues to evolve and welcome new residents. This is especially true of LNYW’s qualifying neighborhoods, which boast an unrivaled sense of community and intimacy without sacrificing diversity or dynamism.

Purchasing a home in a qualifying neighborhood allows UMB employees to:

  • Become involved in active and ever-growing communities.
  • Shorten lengthy commutes to work.
  • Live within walking distance of restaurants, stores, stadiums, and cultural centers.
  • Choose from a variety of housing types, ranging from historic rowhouses to newly constructed condos.

Interested in UMB’s LNYW Program? See if you are eligible or contact us for more information.

A map showing neighborhoods where homes have been purchased through the LNYW program: 1 in Franklin Square, 1 in Poppleton, 4 in Union Square, 12 in Hollins Market, 3 in Barre Circle, 1 in Mount Clare, and 41 in Washington Village - Pigtown

In just 4 years UMB has helped 63 employees become homeowners by distributing over 1 million dollars in grants.


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UMB Receives ‘PR News’ 2019 Nonprofit Award

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) received PR News’ 2019 Nonprofit Award for Employee/Internal Communications for its Live Near Your Work (LNYW) program campaign. The Office of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) accepted the national award on behalf of CPA, UMB administration, Human Resource Services, the Office of Community Engagement, and the LNYW subcommittee.