Monthly Update

This is a new feature I’ve decided to add, in order to keep donors and other interested folks in the loop, with regard to what I’ve been working on. I hope you find it useful! Keep in mind, these lists are highlights, and won’t include everything I’ve worked on during the month.

January 2015 Highlights

  • Google Mapping project continued. However, there’s been a slight snag, as Google has discontinued their enterprise Maps Engine. I’m leaning towards using BatchGeo, which will run approximately $500 a year, at their nonprofit rate — if you have a better solution, please let me know.
  • Wrote a piece on affordable housing for the City Paper, which seemed to be well-received.
  • Researched 12 different properties, suggested some to Baltimore Housing for receivership, contacted banks on three of them, to get the banks to make repairs and secure. Worked with residents on another to find the out of state owner, so their community association could send a letter with a list of maintenance needs.
  • Researched the fiscal impact of foreclosures on Baltimore City, wrote a short piece for the website, to be used elsewhere as needed.
  • Researched upcoming legislation to find bills to support/oppose, set up meetings with legislators.
  • Total blog posts written: 11

February 2015 Highlights

  • Researched nine properties this month, two were submitted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for inclusion on their “America’s 11 Most Endangered Places” list. Some of the remaining seven properties will go onto the list of industrial properties to highlight this year (not great weather for photo-taking yet!) while others will be sent to Baltimore Housing as possible receivership candidates.
  • Had meetings with elected officials to discuss legislation, so far have supported HB0351, HB0186, and SB0197. Looking at three more bills to see if they’ll be amended before supporting, and unfortunately had to remain silent on two and quietly ask that one not pass.
  • Total blog posts written: 5