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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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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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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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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 Energy Assistance Resources

If you, or someone you know, is struggling to pay your BGE bill this winter, please know there is help available. Please don’t wait until your utilities have been shut off — seek help immediately. Maryland has programs available to assist low-income people with their utility bills, and you can even apply online. You may Read more about Maryland Energy Assistance Resources[…]

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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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Dear Mayor Pugh,

Congratulations on winning the election. You’re now Baltimore City’s mayor instead of my State Senator, so hopefully being here instead of Annapolis, you’ll be more committed to Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Here are a few suggestions, with regard to housing in Baltimore that you may want to consider: Break Baltimore Housing and the Housing Authority of Baltimore Read more about Dear Mayor Pugh,[…]