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The Life and Death of 1411 Division Street

I’m not going to lie — this building has kept me up a few nights, perhaps more than a few, and last night was no exception. As reported in the Baltimore Sun, 1411 Division Street met its demise at the hands of a contractor who was supposed to only demolish fire-damaged rear walls, but ended Read more about The Life and Death of 1411 Division Street[…]

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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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Giving Tuesday

November the 28th follows Thanksgiving and all of the shopping madness that ensues the day after — it’s a good day to remember the organizations and people who work hard throughout the year to make sure Baltimore is a more equitable and safer city, particularly when it comes to housing — an issue that receives Read more about Giving Tuesday[…]

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2018 Priorities

These are our priorities for 2018, and what we’ll be working on. Please feel free to add anything you feel is important in the comments, and it might be added to this list: Expansion of the Maryland Renters Tax Credit to include moderate-income renters. Better enforcement of lead paint laws, to include mandatory jail sentences Read more about 2018 Priorities[…]

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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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2017 Maryland Legislation to Watch

HB0172 – Home Act of 2017 Stating that the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidies to live in neighborhoods other than the neighborhoods in which those individuals are currently and disproportionately residing; expanding the housing policy of the State regarding the provision of fair housing to include Read more about 2017 Maryland Legislation to Watch[…]

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Campaign Promises

Before the election began, we sent all Baltimore City candidates a questionnaire about housing, and collected the responses. Now that the election is over and the candidates have taken office, it’s a good time to remind them of their responses, and also to remind them that we intend to hold them accountable for the state Read more about Campaign Promises[…]

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Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit: Deadline September 1

The Renters’ Tax Credit is currently only available to low-income and/or senior renters.  However, our legislators did do something positive on this front during this year’s legislative session — the credit has been increased from $750 to $1000. HB340 was signed into law by Governor Hogan in May. If you think you might qualify for Read more about Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit: Deadline September 1[…]