“The unexpected opportunity or challenge is something we all experience. How will we respond? When families come to LEDC, they have a partner that will support them through the turning points of life and help achieve their dreams.”
Paty Belbusti, LEDC staff

A New Opportunity

Long before the country set its eyes on Baltimore like never before, LEDC found its way there to help jumpstart the local economy. We expanded services to Baltimore in 2014 with seed funding from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Cultural Affairs and the Abell Foundation. In support of the city’s plan to attract immigrant families to Baltimore, LEDC set up a satellite office at the Southeast Community Development Corporation in Highlandtown to support immigrant businesses on corridors like Eastern Avenue with microloans, technical assistance, and training.

Now, LEDC has a new office on Boston Street to help Baltimore’s business community quickly access the financial resources and support it needs to reopen, rebuild, and grow after the riots to transform local neighborhoods into thriving international corridors.

The Turning Points of Life

Our Impact


invested in 103 small businesses to start and expand

Affordable Housing

families in 84 apartment buildings assisted with affordable housing preservation services


new homeowners

Business Creation

new businesses sparked