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 women in public housing, and for failing to make HABC-owned housing safe for families — need to go.
Allegations of Assault by Maintenance Workers
In 2015, more than a dozen women reported being sexually assaulted or harassed by maintenance workers in Baltimore’s Gilmor Homes, an HABC-owned and operated public housing complex.
More Allegations of Assault Since 2016
From the article:
But the AFRO has learned that 18 new complaints of sexual harassment have been filed with the HABC since 2016. One of them was Wilson, who said she is telling her story now to prevent more women from suffering.
Contact your City Council representative and ask them to demand a full audit of HABC, and a full investigation into the sexual assault of residents. Also, the results of any investigation should be made public, with those responsible immediately terminated and subject to criminal prosecution.