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 a lot of lip service, but not a lot of action.
Some 2017 Accomplishments
- 16 renters were assisted with filing rent escrow against negligent property owners, with half of them receiving a portion of their rent returned to them. Two are awaiting disposition, and the rest had conditions in their homes repaired.
- One household received a new stove, when her landlord refused to replace hers, despite it not working for months. This effort was coordinated by us, and an anonymous donor.
- Three nuisance homes were abated, thanks to coordination between us, the community associations, and Baltimore Housing.
- A particularly dangerous vacant was demolished a day after Baltimore Housing was made aware.
- Two households will have heat this winter, again thanks to an anonymous donor and coordination efforts by us.
- Two households were not subject to eviction proceedings because we were able to intervene on the tenants’ behalf with the landlords.
- Two tenants were referred to attorneys for further review and civil action against unscrupulous property owners/investors.
- Three property investors were cited for doing lead abatement work and other construction outside the scope of their permits (actually, one had no permits at all).
Some might look at this list and say “Well that’s not a lot” — but when you consider that we receive no foundation or other institutional support, it’s pretty phenomenal, especially to the people who aren’t living in terrible conditions anymore, thanks to your generosity. Without your kind support, none of our outcomes would be possible, so please make a tax-deductible contribution today! You can be a monthly supporter, or make a one-time gift. Together, we can make sure 2018 is our best year yet.