Slavie in the Community: the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc.
The Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc. (NOGLI), was founded as a result of the concerns from residents, in the community associations of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Lauraville, Moravia-Walther, Morgan Park and Waltherson, with the decline of the area. The Harford Road Partnership (HARP) was originally founded to address the concerns of the declining commercial corridor.
The Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc. (NOGLI) and the Harford Road Partnership (HARP) is a joint project of the six northeast Baltimore City communities of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Lauraville, Moravia-Walther, Morgan Park and Waltherson and endeavors to improve the quality of life for residents of the area by promoting and marketing both residential and commercial properties to prospective buyers, providing comprehensive homeownership counseling, augmenting community efforts for more effective housing and commercial code enforcement, and working to improve landlord/tenant relations.
Michael Tagg, Commercial Loan Officer, serves as Executive Officer of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc. The board meets on a monthly basis to develop strategies and resources for this Baltimore middle-class area and discuss ways to renew a vulnerable community. Board members have developed a program which provides resources to finance home ownership as a tool to develop resident leaders, build homeowners' assets and raise housing standards; to lend funds at attractive rates for property improvements to increase repair and maintenance standards and to involve a broad base of current residents; to proactively organize to build upon the social fabric of the communities, to identify new leadership and to enhance and promote a positive image of the communities; and to convert negative conditions to sustainable community assets by fully involving neighborhood financial institutions into the neighborhood revitalization program.