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Q&A With Kahan Dhillon

By now you’ve probably heard of Kahan Dhillon, the man from Northern Virginia who wants to turn the “blank canvas” that is Baltimore City (he claims he didn’t say this in reference to the whole city and was misrepresented by the Baltimore Business Journal) into a renaissance of sorts. Having lived here for 17 years, Read more about Q&A With Kahan Dhillon[…]

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Mayor Pugh Names New Housing Heads

On June 22nd, Mayor Pugh named Michael Braverman as head of Baltimore’s DHCD and Janet Abrahams as head of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC). Formerly headed by one set of leadership under the disastrous Paul Graziano, Pugh promised during her campaign to split Baltimore Housing and HABC into two separate agencies. Michael Braverman Read more about Mayor Pugh Names New Housing Heads[…]

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Baltimore City 2017 Tax Sale List

It’s that time of year again — the city’s tax sale. This is when residents have the dubious honor of finding out whether their home is about to be lost, due to overdue water bills, property taxes, or other municipal liens. As we’ve written about several times over the past eight years, the city’s tax Read more about Baltimore City 2017 Tax Sale List[…]

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Don’t Lose Your Home in the City’s Tax Sale!

Baltimore City residents who are behind on their water bills or property taxes should register for these free legal clinics, hosted by the Probono Resource Center: Monday, April 10, 2017 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM Waverly Branch Library 400 E 33rd Street Baltimore, MD 21218 Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM Zeta Read more about Don’t Lose Your Home in the City’s Tax Sale![…]

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Action Needed: Anti-Tenant Legislation Must Be Defeated!

Right now there’s a bad bill in front of the Maryland legislature, and your voice is needed to protect the rights of tenants. SB706 would speed up breach of lease eviction cases from 10 days to 4, in the case of “specified dangerous behavior” — however, the bill allows for harm to the landlord’s property Read more about Action Needed: Anti-Tenant Legislation Must Be Defeated![…]

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Action Alert: Support Tenant Protections in Rent Court Today!

There are two bills that will be heard in Annapolis by the Environment and Transportation Committee on March 7 at 1:00 PM, that would introduce additional protection for tenants. These bills are important to creating an equitable legal playing field for tenants in rent court: HB1346, introduced by Delegate Lafferty (D-District 42A) defines “rent” as Read more about Action Alert: Support Tenant Protections in Rent Court Today![…]

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Jim Crow is Alive and Well…

Yesterday I posted an Instagram photo of a piece of graffiti [Name Withheld] did on the top of a building near Clipper Mill, and I had my first Instagram Fight. The photo I posted was this: Jim Crow Runs Bmore. Indeed “he” does, but having this idea, and saying so publicly, sparked a discussion about Read more about Jim Crow is Alive and Well…[…]

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Baltimore City Public Housing Segregation

Right now, researchers have tools to determine where affordable and subsidized housing is being built and preserved — and also where poverty is being concentrated. With the gutting of HUD’s funding for data and tracking tools, it could allow the continuation of housing segregation, or worse, push it back to pre-Fair Housing Act days where Read more about Baltimore City Public Housing Segregation[…]

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Don’t Lose Your Home to the City’s Tax Sale – Get Legal Help!

If you’re behind on your property taxes or water bill, or have received a letter from the City regarding your home being included on the Tax Sale list, please don’t wait until it’s too late to receive help. Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland are sponsoring four legal clinics Read more about Don’t Lose Your Home to the City’s Tax Sale – Get Legal Help![…]