Baltimore City Public Housing Segregation

Right now, researchers have tools to determine where affordable and subsidized housing is being built and preserved — and also where poverty is being concentrated. With the gutting of HUD’s funding for data and tracking tools, it could allow the continuation of housing segregation, or worse, push it back to pre-Fair Housing Act days where Read more about Baltimore City Public Housing Segregation[…]

Send a Strong Message to the Mayor and City Council Today: Paul Graziano Must Go

Paul Graziano, head of Baltimore City’s Housing Authority has been the subject of scandals over the years, whether personally, or through the agency he runs: Drunken incidents in bars, involving homophobic slurs Refusal to pay lead paint settlements to families whose children were poisoned in HABC-owned homes Discrimination against people with disabilities (link opens a Read more about Send a Strong Message to the Mayor and City Council Today: Paul Graziano Must Go[…]

Mapping is on Hiatus

Unfortunately, Google has discontinued their enterprise-level Maps Engine, so our mapping project has hit a bit of a snafu. Luckily, I was able to download all of the data before everything went away, so the mapping project will resume as soon as we’ve established an account with another map provider. I chose BatchGeo as the Read more about Mapping is on Hiatus[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 37 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the press release from the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 37 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

Link Roundup

Haven’t done one of these in a while, so there are lots of random interesting links! Oh, the things people do in and around vacants…don’t let your kids read this one. The Chicago City Council approved a measure that offers renters protection if their apartment building goes into foreclosure. While many residents are pleased with Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Lots of good stuff in the news this week! In the Baltimore Sun, Luke Broadwater reports the Housing Authority of Baltimore City has disbanded and laid off its Housing Security Unit.  These were the folks responsible for “investigating illegal occupants, nuisance activity, unsecured vacants and vandalism”, according to the article. Developer Mark Manzo wanted to Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Slumlord-Owned Property Raided By Police As City Demolishes Another

Police raided a home at 2615 Miles Avenue yesterday, owned by Syed Shah, who also owns the Pizza Boli’s chain.  The raid was part of a joint effort by the Baltimore City Police Department and federal law enforcement. Mr. Shah owns several blighted properties in Remington, where the raid took place, and has earned a Read more about Slumlord-Owned Property Raided By Police As City Demolishes Another[…]

Link Roundup

If you live in Baltimore City, you won’t want to miss this important meeting regarding the second round of proposed irresponsible cuts to the fire department.  Your home and family could be at risk! Yet another mortgage fraudster who operated in a low-income part of Philly has been caught and charged with fraud.  Slumlords and Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Changes coming for BCFD firefighters — the mayor’s budget calls for longer hours, and a loss of 100 to 300 positions due to attrition (depending on which media source you read, the number changes).  This equates to longer hours for what amounts to less pay.  Unfair and unwarranted, how about giving other city employees the Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

ABC 2 News reports a vacant caught fire and burned in SW Baltimore — according to state and city tax records, the address in question doesn’t exist. Harriet M Taylor of Ellicott City was sentenced to two years in prison and five years supervised release for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Steve Kilar Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children Read more about Last Link Roundup of 2012![…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 9 City Property Owners

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 9 City Property Owners[…]

Link Roundup

If you haven’t been reading the “Living Apart” series on ProPublica, you’re really missing out.  The series is about fair housing in the US, and how things went terribly wrong, despite the best intentions of lawmakers on both sides of the fence.  You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Baltimore City demolished Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

“Stealing Trust”, an award-winning film by John Spillane, will be shown in Frederick on Wednesday, at 7 PM.  The film documents victims of mortgage fraud across Maryland. Lorain, Ohio is using an interesting method to move vacant homes to demolition — search warrants. Kenneth Koehler of Baltimore has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, in a Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Link Roundup

Detroit makes safe routes to school a priority, plans to tear down vacants along school routes.  “…But the reinvention of Detroit cannot be complete without including the neighborhoods.” I wonder if Baltimore is listening. Palm Beach County, Florida ranks second among large metro areas for vacant homes. Interesting fact from the article: “According to the Read more about Link Roundup[…]

MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 6 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the MDE: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected Read more about MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 6 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations[…]

Link Roundup: Crime and Punishment

Democrats are upset that Obama’s mortgage fraud task force isn’t “doing enough” to combat mortgage fraud and punish those responsible.  I guess they don’t read the dozens of FBI and DOJ press releases I get weekly, detailing the sentences of mortgage fraudsters.  As a non-Democrat, I actually think this is one program that works well. Read more about Link Roundup: Crime and Punishment[…]

Link Roundup

San Diego may soon join Chicago in its quest to fine banks that allow foreclosed homes to deteriorate. S&P says it will take 46 months to clear out all of the “shadow inventory” that continues to plague the US housing market. Frederic Alan Gladle, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced earlier this month to 61 months Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Possible Mortgage Modification Scam Alert

If you have been contacted by DC attorney Adrian Cronauer, or his firm Cronauer Law Center regarding a mortgage modification, please contact Robert Strupp, Manager of Systemic Investigations at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition immediately. According to the NCRC, Cronauer solicited consumers so he could collect thousands of dollars in up-front fees, which is illegal, according Read more about Possible Mortgage Modification Scam Alert[…]