Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake broke ground on what will be 21 new homes for 21 new homeowners Tuesday on McCabe Avenue.
More than 75 people gathered to celebrate what those with Habitat say will be a transformation in the community.
At the event, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake described the planned project as "long-awaited" and "highly-anticipated."
The mayor said she values the hard work of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.
"For too many years, the city's bureaucracy prevented groups like yours from taking ownership of properties," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said.
Over the past 30 years, more than 300 Central Maryland area homes have been purchased by hard-working people in need of simple, decent housing through Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Habitat families purchase their homes through a zero-interest, 30-year mortgage program where they build equity, achieve long-term financial security and escape the cycle of poverty.