Campaign Promises

Before the election began, we sent all Baltimore City candidates a questionnaire about housing, and collected the responses. Now that the election is over and the candidates have taken office, it’s a good time to remind them of their responses, and also to remind them that we intend to hold them accountable for the state Read more about Campaign Promises[…]

Maryland Energy Assistance Resources

If you, or someone you know, is struggling to pay your BGE bill this winter, please know there is help available. Please don’t wait until your utilities have been shut off — seek help immediately. Maryland has programs available to assist low-income people with their utility bills, and you can even apply online. You may Read more about Maryland Energy Assistance Resources[…]

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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[…]

Dear Mayor Pugh,

Congratulations on winning the election. You’re now Baltimore City’s mayor instead of my State Senator, so hopefully being here instead of Annapolis, you’ll be more committed to Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Here are a few suggestions, with regard to housing in Baltimore that you may want to consider: Break Baltimore Housing and the Housing Authority of Baltimore Read more about Dear Mayor Pugh,[…]

Contact Your City Council Representative: Proposed Changes to CCC Routes are Bad for Baltimore

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[…]

Baltimore Sustainability Plan Survey

From the Baltimore Department of Planning: We’re very lucky to have strong ties with Baltimore’s communities through the Baltimore Commission on Sustainability and various other forums and partnerships. But we know that one of the best ways to connect with people and learn what they’re doing and what they need is to empower experts and Read more about Baltimore Sustainability Plan Survey[…]

Homeowners Property Tax Credit Deadline: September 1

Maryland residents, the Homeowners Property Tax Credit deadline of September 1 is fast approaching — you may be eligible to save on your property taxes, but you must file every year to get the credit! The credit is based on household income, so please go here to view the eligibility criteria and form you’ll need Read more about Homeowners Property Tax Credit Deadline: September 1[…]

Project C.O.R.E Community Meeting June 29

Please attend this important meeting regarding vacants and the implementation of Project C.O.R.E — the city/state partnership to demolish vacant homes. June 29, 6:00-8:00 PM Edmondson-Westside High School, 501 N Athol Avenue, 21229 Let the city know where you think we need more demolition, stabilization, or other strategies to address the city’s 30,000 vacant homes!

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[…]

Putting Out the Affordable Housing Fire

The Problem Baltimore’s current affordable housing crisis is yet another fire our government has to put out — despite it smoldering for years, turning into a full blaze right around the same time as the housing bubble and subsequent “bust”, leaving thousands in foreclosure and unable to afford steadily rising rents. Many cities are faced Read more about Putting Out the Affordable Housing Fire[…]

The Housing Questionnaires: Lessons Learned

It’s always interesting to ask a random group of people the same questions and see what you get back. I guarantee at the very least, you won’t be bored. Hopefully you’ll even be enlightened at the end of the process. Candidate surveys and politics in general are two things I tend to stay away from, Read more about The Housing Questionnaires: Lessons Learned[…]

District 14 City Council Candidates on Housing

Three candidates, including the incumbent City Councilwoman for District 14, responded to the housing questionnaire. Two of the candidate response pages are linked below: Mary Pat Clarke (incumbent) David Harding One candidate, Tom Boyce, sent me an email that simply said “Dear Carol, I don’t know.” in response to the questionnaire. When I replied, asking Read more about District 14 City Council Candidates on Housing[…]

District 14 City Council Candidate David Harding on Housing

David Harding was the second District 14 candidate to respond to the questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay for Read more about District 14 City Council Candidate David Harding on Housing[…]

District 14 City Council Candidate Mary Pat Clarke on Housing

Mary Pat Clarke, the incumbent Councilwoman for District 14, was the first to respond to our questionnaire. Her answers appear below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant houses. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you Read more about District 14 City Council Candidate Mary Pat Clarke on Housing[…]

No Response From District 13 City Council Candidates

Sadly, no responses were received from any of the District 13 candidates: George Johnson, Warren Branch (incumbent), Antonio Glover, Kenya Lee, Ronald Owens-Bey, and Shannon Sneed.

District 12 Candidate Ian Schlakman on Housing

Ian Schlakman was the only candidate from District 12 to respond to the questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. The following candidates did not respond: Kelly Cross, Gary Crum, Ertha Harris, Jason Pyeron, Rashad Staton, Gordon Stock, and Frank Richardson. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean Read more about District 12 Candidate Ian Schlakman on Housing[…]

District 11 City Council Candidate Greg Sileo on Housing

Greg Sileo was the second of two candidates to respond to the housing questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about District 11 City Council Candidate Greg Sileo on Housing[…]

District 11 City Council Candidate Eric Costello on Housing

Eric Costello was appointed to the City Council after Bill Cole left to head BDC, and is now the incumbent. He was the first to respond to the housing questionnaire, and his responses appear below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your Read more about District 11 City Council Candidate Eric Costello on Housing[…]

District 10 City Council Candidates on Housing

Two candidates responded to the questionnaire, their responses are linked below: Ed Reisinger (incumbent) Christine Digman The following candidates did not respond:  Michael Nolet, Wanda Grimes, Charlie Metz, Erica White, and Amanda Maminski