A pioneer in wellness and recovery, Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc. (Penn North) was among the first programs in the United States to use acupuncture in the treatment of addiction—starting the first Acudetox program in the Baltimore City Detention Center in 1993. Penn North was the first program in Baltimore City to provide free on-demand recovery support 24-hours a day through the Threshold to Recovery program. Penn North's workforce development program provides soft skills training to prepare participants to enter (or re-enter) the workforce and placement assistance to support them in locating, securing, and maintaining living-wage employment. Our supportive housing program provides healthy and affordable housing to 200 men and women in recovery.
At the heart of one of Baltimore's busiest intersections (Pennsylvania and North Avenues) adjacent to the Penn North subway and bus lines, Department of Social Services, DHMH Men's Health Center and Enoch Pratt Library—Penn North is centrally located at the intersection of the historic West Baltimore neighborhoods of Penn North, Sandtown-Winchester, Greater Mondawmin, and Druid Heights.
Penn North is the only outpatient treatment provider and recovery center located in the 21217 zip code. This community is home to 40,000 residents where the median household income is $20,637. 32% of the neighborhood's residents are unemployed and 35% have incomes below the poverty threshold. The violent crime rate in this community is ten times that of the national average, eight times that of the state average, and three times the Baltimore City average. Families living in this community are exposed to a tremendous amount of stress and trauma stemming from addiction, poverty, homelessness, violence, incarceration, and racism.
Penn North provides critical services to over 12,000 people each year. More than 600 people take part in programs and activites at Penn North each and every day. We are Baltimore's longest standing recovery community center— a fixture in the community— and a safe haven for anyone seeking friendship and support and a healthy retreat from life on the streets. Whether it is a walk-in or referral, we welcome anyone seeking treatment or recovery support and provide all services free of charge.