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2017 Federal Legislation to Watch

H.R.614 – To require each owner of a dwelling unit assisted under the section 8 rental assistance voucher program to remain current with respect to local property and school taxes and to authorize a public housing agency to use such rental assistance amounts to pay such tax debt of such an owner, and for other Read more about 2017 Federal Legislation to Watch[…]

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The Gutting of American Government

By now you’ve probably heard the news that two Republican legislators have introduced bills in both the House and Senate that would remove funding for HUD’s assessment tools and tracking/database capabilities. This is a dangerous move for two reasons: This data is used by researchers across the country, along with state and local governments, and Read more about The Gutting of American Government[…]

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Republican Lawmakers Attempt to Gut Fair Housing Act of 1968

Background Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) have introduced bills in the Senate (text is not yet available) and House (full PDF) that would effectively gut the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by allowing exclusionary zoning, based on the neighborhood’s “distinct values”, which is nothing more than badly disguised code for a Read more about Republican Lawmakers Attempt to Gut Fair Housing Act of 1968[…]

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Dispelling Myths About Public Housing

People love to hate public housing — housing that’s owned or subsidized by the government, whether HUD or a Public Housing Authority (PHA) such as the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Detractors will point to public housing as the cause of all things terrible in a community, blaming the residents, making all sorts of assumptions Read more about Dispelling Myths About Public Housing[…]

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Fair Housing in Baltimore County

In light of the settlement reached between Baltimore County and several organizations and individuals who sued the County, in order to ensure Fair Housing laws are met in that jurisdiction, I’ve read a lot of questions about what “fair housing” means. The first thing people need to understand is that Fair Housing has nothing to Read more about Fair Housing in Baltimore County[…]


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Monthly Updates

Some highlights from May, June, and July: May Researched ten properties and suggested some for receivership, reported code violations on others. Worked with three residents to get some of these maintained, to not cause further damage to occupied homes. Wrote nine blog posts. Held the SW Baltimore Industrial Properties Tour, along with Baltimore Heritage and Read more about Monthly Updates[…]


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A Tale of Three Cities

People make much of the idea of “two cities” in Baltimore — one, affluent and white, and the other is usually labeled as poor and black. This view leaves out the third group: the folks, black and white, who earn around the city’s median income of $40,000 or so, and have solid potential to be Read more about A Tale of Three Cities[…]