Happy Holidays!

On the first day of Christmas, the slumlords gave to me…a house that was very slummy. On the second day of Christmas, the slumlords gave to me…two violations and a house that was very slummy. On the third day of Christmas, the slumlords gave to me…three faulty outlets, two violations, and a house that was Read more about Happy Holidays![…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 Candidates on Housing

Two candidates responded to the housing questionnaire — their responses are linked below. Eric Costello (incumbent) Greg Sileo The following candidates did not respond:  Curtis Johnson, Harry Preston, and Dea Thomas.

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

District 10 City Council Candidate Christine Digman on Housing

Christine Digman was the second of two District 10 candidates to respond to the questionnaire. Her 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 Read more about District 10 City Council Candidate Christine Digman on Housing[…]

District 10 City Council Candidate Ed Reisinger on Housing

Ed Reisinger, the incumbent City Councilman, was the first of two candidates 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 Read more about District 10 City Council Candidate Ed Reisinger on Housing[…]

Radio Silence from District 9 City Council Candidates

No City Council candidates for District 9 responded to the housing questionnaire. The candidates are as follows: Kenneth Ebron, Octavia Njuhigu, Nathaniel Anderson, John Bullock, JB Kenney, Shawn Key, Pete Welch (the incumbent), Jamie Frierson, and Travis Robertson.

District 8 City Council Candidates on Housing

Three District 8 candidates responded to the questionnaire: Faraj Leach, Kristerfer Burnett, and David Maurice Smallwood. Links to their responses are below. Faraj Leach Kristerfer Burnett David Smallwood The following candidates did not respond to the questionnaire:  Joseph Brown, Nakia Washington, Benjamin Barnwell, Reginald Fugett, Russell Neverdon, and Dwayne Williams.  

District 8 City Council Candidate David Smallwood on Housing

David Smallwood was the third District 8 candidate to respond to the housing questionnaire. His responses 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 8 City Council Candidate David Smallwood on Housing[…]

District 8 City Council Candidate Kristerfer Burnett on Housing

The second candidate from District 8 to respond to the questionnaire was Kristerfer Burnett. 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 district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about District 8 City Council Candidate Kristerfer Burnett on Housing[…]