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Housing Questionnaire Candidate Response: Nilesh Kalyanaraman

Nilesh Kalyanaraman (D) is running for State Delegate in Maryland District 43. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have additional ideas for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay for your plan? The core problem is that Baltimore’s population has Read more about Housing Questionnaire Candidate Response: Nilesh Kalyanaraman[…]

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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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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[…]

Renters Tax Credit Deadline: September 1

If you area renter and are low-income, a senior citizen, or disabled, you may qualify for a $750 credit on your Maryland income taxes. Go here for more information and to see income guidelines. You can also download the form here. (Link opens a PDF.) The deadline for filing is September 1 — if you’re Read more about Renters Tax Credit Deadline: September 1[…]

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As Temperatures Drop…

…instances of fatal fires and carbon monoxide poisoning go up.  Don’t add to these dreadful statistics — be proactive and keep your family safe. Baltimore City residents can call 311 or go online to request smoke detectors. The fire department will bring and install them — for free. You should have one on every floor Read more about As Temperatures Drop…[…]

Early Voting Begins Today!

Remember — voting is one of the easiest and best ways to make sure your voice is heard when it comes to the issues you care about.  There are no perfect candidates — nobody is going to fix everything immediately, but this is an opportunity to make sure you have a choice in who represents Read more about Early Voting Begins Today![…]

New Maryland Law: Smoke Alarms

Thanks to the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association for the reminder: As of July 1, 2013, homeowners with battery-powered smoke alarms must update to long-life sealed-in battery smoke alarms. This law applies to homes with alarms more than 10 years old. Additionally, homes will be required to install smoke alarms in all sleeping Read more about New Maryland Law: Smoke Alarms[…]