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Dollar Houses, the 2017 Version

The fact that our City Council wants to bring back the Baltimore Dollar House program has been in the news lately, and so far everything I’ve read or heard leaves more questions than answers.  The program was successful back in the 1970s-1980s, as potential homeowners could purchase City-owned homes for $1, provided they had the Read more about Dollar Houses, the 2017 Version[…]

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Elected Officials: More Work, Less Partisan Politics

Baltimore has a long history of blockbusting, redlining, and other illegal housing activity by many of the city’s largest rental property owners. Our city’s children are still being poisoned by lead paint at an alarming rate. Housing segregation, and the resulting economic segregation, have been just as much an integral part of “progressive” Baltimore as Read more about Elected Officials: More Work, Less Partisan Politics[…]

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Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Baltimore Seniors

From the Probono Resource Center: Free legal clinic for Baltimore residents age 60 and over, who have problems with water, gas, or electric bills. The clinic will be held, Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12pm-3pm at the Reisterstown Road Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The address is 6310 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215. Read more about Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Baltimore Seniors[…]

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HUD Secretary Carson Cancels Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule

The Small Area FMR program, introduced by HUD in January of this year, was a program long-awaited by advocates for housing affordability and mobility. It changed the way fair market rents were set, and tailored them to localized economic conditions, potentially raising the number of affordable units in high-opportunity areas. Sadly, HUD Secretary Carson has Read more about HUD Secretary Carson Cancels Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule[…]

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2018 Priorities

Please feel free to add anything you feel is important in the comments, and it might be added to this short list for 2018: Expansion of the Maryland Renters Tax Credit to include moderate-income renters. Better enforcement of lead paint laws, to include mandatory jail sentences for repeat offenders. Prioritizing affordable rental housing for moderate-income Read more about 2018 Priorities[…]

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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![…]