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Allegations of Sexual Assault Against Public Housing Residents Continue

As reported in the Afro on the 22nd of February, conditions in Baltimore’s public housing have not improved under new Housing Commissioner Janet Abrahams, hired by Mayor Catherine Pugh after the firing of Paul Graziano. Replacing one commissioner with another is not enough. Our housing authority needs close scrutiny, and those responsible for preying on Read more about Allegations of Sexual Assault Against Public Housing Residents Continue[…]

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Justice for Neighbors in Southwest Baltimore

In the course of speaking to community groups in Baltimore, the issue of nuisance properties comes up a lot. Sometimes the complaints are fairly minor — trash, noise, etc., and sometimes the complaints turn into a story of a community being terrorized by the residents of one property, one with an owner or landlord who Read more about Justice for Neighbors in Southwest Baltimore[…]

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Bandit Signs: The New Blockbusting

“I wish they wouldn’t post those here, they make our neighborhood look trashy.” I hear this a lot about bandit signs — those “WE BUY HOUSES” signs that pop up like toadstools after a storm. And yes, they do make a neighborhood look trashy. But even worse — they’re the new tool for blockbusting. For Read more about Bandit Signs: The New Blockbusting[…]

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District 10 City Council Candidate Ed Reisinger on Housing

Ed Reisinger, the incumbent City Councilman, was the first of two candidates to respond to the questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you Read more about District 10 City Council Candidate Ed Reisinger on Housing[…]

HB0508/SB0330: Residential Property – Foreclosure Sale – Recordation of Instrument of Writing: SUPPORT

Maryland House Bill 0508 is a bill that’s been sorely needed for far too long. This bill (and Senate Bill 0330) would go a long way towards cleaning up our property records by requiring a deed to be filed no later than 30 days after a foreclosure sale is ratified by the court — this Read more about HB0508/SB0330: Residential Property – Foreclosure Sale – Recordation of Instrument of Writing: SUPPORT[…]

Maryland HB0796 and SB0801: Support

Baltimore City has seen record numbers of evictions over the past two years, particularly of poor tenants who are unable to afford or obtain legal representation in court. This bill would level the playing field for tenants, who are often ignored by District Court judges in Baltimore City. Our rent court is simply a revolving Read more about Maryland HB0796 and SB0801: Support[…]

Because Sadly, Sometimes Even Women Get This Wrong.

The women’s organization UltraViolet has been mentioned on social media lately, for their anti-Paul Graziano ads and petition to have the Baltimore HABC Commissioner fired. While I commend them for their effort, I was dismayed last night to read this: “Women were forced to trade sex for critical home repairs” Since this story broke, many Read more about Because Sadly, Sometimes Even Women Get This Wrong.[…]

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Send a Strong Message to the Mayor and City Council Today: Paul Graziano Must Go

Paul Graziano, head of Baltimore City’s Housing Authority has been the subject of scandals over the years, whether personally, or through the agency he runs: Drunken incidents in bars, involving homophobic slurs Refusal to pay lead paint settlements to families whose children were poisoned in HABC-owned homes Discrimination against people with disabilities (link opens a Read more about Send a Strong Message to the Mayor and City Council Today: Paul Graziano Must Go[…]

Mortgage Fraud Scammer Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Alberic Okou Agodio of Bethesda pleaded guilty on July 21 in Federal Court to several charges arising out of a $3.8 million mortgage fraud scheme involving dozens of Baltimore City homes. Almost all of the homes were located in poor neighborhoods that already struggle with blight and decay. He will be sentenced in October, and Read more about Mortgage Fraud Scammer Pleads Guilty in Federal Court[…]