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Dollar Houses, the 2017 Version

The fact that our City Council wants to bring back the Baltimore Dollar House program has been in the news lately, and so far everything I’ve read or heard leaves more questions than answers.  The program was successful back in the 1970s-1980s, as potential homeowners could purchase City-owned homes for $1, provided they had the Read more about Dollar Houses, the 2017 Version[…]

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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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Governor Hogan Announces $700 Million Initiative in Baltimore City

As we’ve read in the news, Maryland has begun a $700 million plan to revitalize blighted neighborhoods in Baltimore City, starting with $9.875 million in funding (FY 2016) for demolishing unsafe vacant homes. After speaking with Audra Harrison, Director of the Office Public Information for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, I am Read more about Governor Hogan Announces $700 Million Initiative in Baltimore City[…]

2015 Foreclosure Statistics

Maryland continues to be one of five states with the highest bank foreclosure rates — 95% over the national average, with 11,990 foreclosures in Q1 and 12,089 in Q2. Baltimore City and Prince George’s County also continue to see the highest rates in the state. Baltimore City saw a 12.6% increase in the second quarter, Read more about 2015 Foreclosure Statistics[…]