Paul’s Place is located in the heart of Washington Village/Pigtown, a once thriving industrial center, just west of downtown Baltimore. While we are physically located on Ward St. in Pigtown/Washington Village, Paul’s Place serves many communities including Morrell Park, Westport, Federal Hill, South Baltimore, Sandtown/Winchester, Harlem Park, Violetville, Mt. Winans, Cherry Hill, Allendale, Irvington, Poppleton, Hollins Market and more. Some of our programs see guests come from other areas across the city, as well.
Families and individuals in Southwest Baltimore face extraordinary challenges. Industrial plants and other businesses that employed them 30 years ago have disappeared. Forty percent of adults have not graduated from high school and need special training to fit into today’s job market. Seventy percent of families with children are living in poverty. Of the guests accessing the Hot Lunch Program at Paul’s Place, 60% report having no safe, stable place to live, and of those, 10% are living on the street or in an abandoned building.
Our community is plagued with drug trafficking, commercial sex work, high unemployment rates and low literacy levels. While efforts to revive Southwest Baltimore have made headway, there continues to be a great need to help individuals and families move beyond social, emotional and financial crisis.
Additional community information is available at:
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance Community Statistical Profile