We’re excited to find out that Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has sent letters of support for HB1096/SB889, the separate tax on vacant uninhabitable homes, to the Maryland Legislature.

In the letter, they reiterate what other supporters have said — the tax will force dishonest property owners to sell to avoid having to pay the higher tax, making it easier for nonprofits like Habitat to acquire the properties and turn them into residences for taxpaying citizens.

We applaud Habitat for taking this stand, and hope Mayor Rawlings-Blake is listening.  Asking the Legislature to oppose this bill is unacceptable, and we’re happy to hear the bill is generating more support!