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Despite the occasional success story over the past 6 or 7 years, vacant property has remained a problem in Baltimore City for decades – most recently, this problem has been exacerbated by the large number of foreclosures, properties in pre-foreclosure, and properties that haven’t hit the court docket yet. The problem is unlikely to go away or fix itself in any measurable way for quite some time. Until we address the underlying issues/causes for so many of our abandoned homes, we will fail to create measurable ways to stem the tide of neglect. All the tax credits, TIFs, PILOTs, and other financial incentives aren’t going to lure responsible developers into an area that is rife with violent crime, drugs, and blocks of abandonment. Instead, negligent property owners move in (as has been the trend in Baltimore, Detroit, and Cleveland) and perform the most meager of repairs to homes – often without permits, and therefore no inspections – and then rent them to people who feel they have little to no recourse when something bad happens. As a result, the rate of asthma, lead paint poisoning, violent crime, fatal fires, and other health/safety issues are disproportionately higher in neighborhoods with a large number of vacant homes.
The Baltimore City Council will vote on an amendment* to Transform Baltimore TODAY that will: Forbid new tavern licenses or alcohol sales within 300 feet of a residence, school, church, park, or other tavern or liquor store. This makes any new liquor stores or bars illegal as a part of a new mixed use development, Read more about Amendment to Baltimore’s New Zoning Code: OPPOSE[…]
We’ve long been champions for being proactive through public policy that can help to prevent the downward financial spiral faced by so many middle-income families across our city, and have found that high rental housing costs in the Baltimore metro region are the the reason why so many people are having difficulty getting a handle Read more about Moderate Income Housing Tax Credit: Support[…]
I’m starting to work on a new project, and need help with fundraising. This project is a joint effort between Housing Policy Watch and the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, an elementary-middle school located in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore, and the neighborhood’s only school for students in grades six through eight. Two sixth grade teachers Read more about Help Create Strong Advocates: Donate Today![…]
The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland is hosting a free legal clinic for seniors where you can receive legal advice about your water or gas and electric bills. Date and Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Location: Southeast Community Action Center, 3411 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 The clinic is open to Baltimore residents, age Read more about Free Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Seniors[…]
The Charm City Circulator, a free shuttle system that connects many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods to downtown is in jeopardy, and your help is needed. The Banner Route, which runs from Locust Point (including Fort McHenry, a popular tourist destination) to downtown, could be eliminated. The extension to the Purple Route, from Penn Station to Charles Read more about Contact Your City Council Representative: Proposed Changes to CCC Routes are Bad for Baltimore[…]