About Belair-Edison


Stronger Together


Strong community partnerships are vital to the well-being of Belair-Edison. Not only are they an important component of community advocacy efforts, but they can also enhance community engagement projects, and increase community awareness! This effort to promote the Belair-Edison community is led by Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., with assistance from our many partners!


Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI) is a nonprofit community based organization that works to foster an environment where residents, business owners, and stakeholders feel confident to invest their time, energy, and money. We are a Healthy Neighborhoods and Baltimore Main Streets partner organization, as well as a HUD certified comprehensive housing counseling agency.


For 31 years we have offered a variety of neighborhood services, including community organizing, homeownership counseling, small business development, asset promotion and school support services. Our office is a lively hub of neighborhood activities and services.  Learn more about our FREE programs and services or call 410-485-8422.


St. Ambrose Housing
St. Ambrose Housing Development is a lead partner with BENI and is dedicated to restoring and strengthening neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City by purchasing foreclosed properties and renovating them to top market standards for purchase. Homes are renovated with new or updated kitchens, baths, refinished hardwood floors, systems, windows, roofs and more. These renovated homes help to establish and maintain high standards in the community and encourage neighboring homeowners to make necessary repairs to their homes in an effort to maintain integrity and value. Learn more.


Belair-Edison Community Association
The Belair-Edison Community Association’s (BECA) mission is to develop and foster positive relationships among Belair-Edison community members; to encourage the general health, welfare, and safety; and to promote sanitation and physical improvement of the community. They also pride themselves at being able to address the needs of the residents and encourage a stable residential population through information dissemination. For more information email BECA President, Rita Crews ritacrews@verizon.net.


Friends of Herring Run Parks
The mission of the Friends of Herring Run Parks (FHRP) is to preserve, protect, restore, and promote Herring Run Parks and its stream valley for the benefit of present and future generations. Their vision is to create a vibrant, restored stream valley park that connects its many segments to one another, its neighbors and its business communities, and adjacent Morgan State University. Herring Run is part of Baltimore’s “One Park”, its greenway connecting to Lake Montebello, to trails running up Chinquapin and Herring Run, and down Herring Run to Back River. Learn more.


The Morgan Community Mile
Since 2013, the Morgan Community Mile (MCM) initiative has focused on a 1-mile radius around the campus to engage community stakeholders and university students, faculty, and staff in the inclusive process of community plans and projects. As an anchor institution, in the heart of Northeast Baltimore City, Morgan State University and President David Wilson created the MCM to engage university-community partnerships to make the community a better place to live and work. Five priority areas have been identified: Health and Public Safety, Education and Youth Development, The Environment, Live, Work, and Spend in the Community, and Strengthening University / Community RelationsLearn more.


Enoch Pratt Free Library Herring Run Branch
The Herring Run Branch is located adjacent to the Erdman Shopping Center, in the Belair-Edison community. Just around the corner from Herring Run Park, and down the road from i95 It was established in 1963 as Branch 29, and the building was renovated in 2004. The library hosts several events for toddlers, teens, and mature adults. Learn more.



Civic Works
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. They are a non-profit working in Baltimore communities for over 20 years, and are deeply committed to service. Learn more.



North East Housing Initiative (NEHI)

NEHIs goal is to transform vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed properties into permanently affordable homes for people with an AMI of 80% and below, while providing training and employment opportunities, leadership development, increasing economic self-sufficiency, lifting people out of poverty, thus building a community that is sustainable, inclusive and diverse. Learn more
Safe Streets

Safe Streets is an evidence-based violence prevention and interruption program that works to reduce shootings and homicides in high violence areas, operated by Catholic Charities in collaboration with the Baltimore City Department of Health and the Mayor’s Office for Neighborhood Safety and Engagement.

Safe Streets is based on the premise that violence is a disease that can be prevented using disease-control methods. Violence interrupters connect with high-risk individuals to defuse potentially violent situations, and link community youth with services, working within targeted neighborhoods with historically high levels of gun violence. By linking individuals and their families with educational opportunities, employment training and assistance, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and other crucial services, Safe Streets helps to provide young people with alternatives to a life of crime and violence. Learn More


About Belair-Edison