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Hebrew Orphan Asylum

The Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation redeveloped the historic Hebrew Orphan Asylum (HOA) into a hub of healthcare innovation that shifts the paradigm of care in West Baltimore, MD. The Project will co-locate organizations that deliver a range of medical and social services to low-income residents across the city.


The Vision

Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Originally conceived as an orphanage, The Hebrew Orphan Asylum (HOA) was repurposed into a hospital in 1923, serving as the primary healthcare asset in West Baltimore until it closed its doors in 1989.

In 2021 the Baltimore City Health Department opened the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Center on the upper floors, and the tenant improvements completed in early 2022 for the first floor support and operations center for COVID-19, completing the phased renovations. 

The Project's anchor sub-tenant is Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB). BHSB will use a portion of the building for a state-of-the-art Stabilization Center. The Stabilization Center will provide a centralized location for first responders to connect people with substance use disorders (specifically alcohol and opiate dependency) to compassionate and timely care through organized diversion methods. Importantly, it will help keep intoxicated individuals (without acute medical issues) out of emergency rooms.

The Center will provide medical and social services such as: medical screening and examination upon arrival, basic first aid, and 30-day case management. Facilitating connections to ongoing substance use disorder treatment and related services will be an essential element of the Stabilization Center, thus broadening the mission of the Center from solely sobering to longer-term stabilization and recovery.

The redevelopment of the HOA represents a meaningful first step in rebuilding the healthcare infrastructure in West Baltimore and spur additional complimentary development.


Hebrew Orphans Asylum, early 1900s


View of new skylight


COVID-19 Contact Tracing Center


BHSB Break Area


Stabilization Center reception area

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