Baltimore Community Lending is the largest & only Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Baltimore City exclusively. We’re100% dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending products to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream. We’re making loans to small real estate developers and small business owners committed to developing underserved neighborhoods.
CERTIFIED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTION (CDFI)
REVITALIZING & STRENGTHENING UNDERSERVED BALTIMORE NEIGHBORHOODS
Baltimore Community Lending supports the revitalization and strengthening of underserved Baltimore neighborhoods through innovative and flexible financial resources designed to promote community development.
MEET OUR LEADER,
WATCHEN HARRIS BRUCE
It’s Not About Me. It’s About The Community!
While growing up in Liberia, Watchen stood out among her peers through her compassion for better education, housing, finances, economics and healthcare in distressed African communities. Her motto is: ‘It’s not about me.” This belief has led to her successful 30-year career in the U.S. advocating for affordable lending to help re-energize low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities. Now, Watchen is leading Baltimore Community Lending as we support real estate projects and small businesses that revitalize Baltimore neighborhoods. Because it’s about the community! Read more about Watchen.
MEET OUR TEAM
Our highly skilled team is experienced in making affordable lending to small real estate developers and small business owners committed to developing underserved neighborhoods.
A few thoughts from our customers on “Baltimore Community Lending.”
“I didn’t know how I was going to get the money to start my business. Other banks said I didn’t have the credit score they needed and that I wasn’t going to be able to do this. Because of BCL I’m 26 years old, a year and a half out of college, and I’m an entrepreneur providing generational wealth for my family. Without BCL, I don’t know what I would be doing today.” – Kevin Antoine, owner, KWJW Distributors
“I first learned of Baltimore Community Lending (BCL) at the 2015 Baltimore City Vacants to Value Summit hosted at the convention center. BCL financed my first Baltimore deal in 2016. From that moment on I did not view our relationship as bank and client, but rather a strategic partnership. I can honestly say I am not certain that my company would be where it is today if not for BCL!” – Alex Aaron, North Bethel LLC
“BCL worked extensively with NR2C LLC to help us resolve some of the issues that we faced at one point like swapping some of our properties with Baltimore City. It would have been a daunting task if it wasn’t for BCL’s great staff who scheduled multiple meetings with City officials. Also BCL organized a meeting between their investors and BGE. It was a very helpful meeting that answered most of our questions with BGE. Not many lenders would go to that length. They’re extremely supportive and a great resource!” – Ukamaka Udeh, NR2C LLC