1210-1214 Homewood Avenue

Only one of the homes on this block (1216) is inhabited — the others are vacant and in poor condition.  1210 is owned by Baltimore City, and 1214 is owned by Manuel Johnson and Deniece Garnett — slumlords, but unremarkable.

1212, however, is a different matter.  This property is owned by an employee of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) who worked as a Family Support Services Coordinator in the Special Education/Early Intervention Services Division.  We find it rather ironic that a man who worked to serve the families of vulnerable children is also a slumlord who was found guilty of numerous housing violations (including our favorite “Building Not Fit For Human Habitation”) and was sued twice for lead paint poisoning of two children.  He was also fined $20,000 by the Maryland Department of the Environment in May of 2002 for lead paint violations in six Baltimore properties.  His wife Elana was touted as a “professional nit picker” who worked to delouse families plaugued with head lice in a 2006 WBAL story.

So on one hand, you have a couple who worked to help families and children, and on the other — this same couple supplemented their income by acting as slumlords who allowed their tenants to live without electricity in filthy hazardous conditions.  We can only hope this man wasn’t trolling for tenants while working for the State of Maryland.