SE Baltimore Residents: Action Needed to Save Critical Neighborhood Program!

Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation, a leading organization in community development and youth programs in Southeast Baltimore urgently needs your help!  Paul Graziano, Director of Baltimore Housing, wants to slash their budget by almost 20% — which will result in a drastic reduction of services to children and the elderly this summer. They have a small […]

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Link Roundup

The Tenants in Foreclosure project of the Public Justice Center won an award!  Congrats to attorney Matt Hill and his staff for this much-deserved award.  If you or someone you know is living in a rental that is being foreclosed on, you should contact the Public Justice Center — you have rights, make sure they’re […]

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Slumlord Pockets $12K from HABC

According to a WBAL I-Team investigation, slumlord Cephus Murrell pocketed $12,000 in HABC payments on a subsidized home, while his tenant was denied access to the home for over a year. Yet another flub from our scandal-plagued Housing Authority.

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Link Roundup

Boston tenants fight to keep low-income housing, despite wishes of landlord. African-Americans are leaving declining cities for the South, in record numbers, according to the New York Times. Most Americans think you shouldn’t walk away from your mortgage.  What do you think? More on the City’s refusal to pay lead-paint judgments — Maryland Senators aren’t […]

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Update on HABC Lead Judgement Debacle

According to this morning’s Baltimore Sun, three Maryland lawmakers have written Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake a sharply-worded letter regarding the City’s refusal to pay court-ordered lead paint judgements. We hope these same lawmakers will also call for the resignation of the head of the troubled city agency, Paul Graziano. You can read the full article here.

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Are Corruption and Incompetence the Norm at HABC?

Andy Green at the Baltimore Sun has a great editorial in today’s Second Opinion, detailing the firing of corrupt HABC housing inspector Algie Epps, and the circumstances that led up to his firing: When he was hired in 2005 as a housing inspector, the city does not appear to have conducted a “criminal history investigation” […]

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Housing Authority Refuses to Pay Lead Paint Judgements

You may have already read the devastating news in today’s Baltimore Sun, but just in case you missed it… The city’s Housing Authority (the agency responsible for Baltimore’s subsidized housing stock) has decided it’s not in its best interest to pay any of the plaintiffs who have won hundreds of millions of dollars in lead […]

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City-Owned E. Fayette Street Blight

Property Addresses:  2028, 2034, 2038, and 2050 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 Property Owner:  Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 417 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact:  District 13, Warren Branch

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Yesterday’s Midday With Dan Rodricks

If you didn’t get a chance to listen to Dan Rodricks’ show on WYPR yesterday, with Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Housing Director Paul Graziano, here are some highlights — you can also listen to a podcast here. The City claims there are 16,000 vacant properties in Baltimore — we’re not convinced, especially when you have code […]

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NYT Article: Public Housing Repairs Can’t Keep Up With Demand

From today’s New York Times: Baltimore’s housing authority needs $860 million for crucial repairs, said the housing commissioner, Paul T. Graziano; it has demolished or shuttered 33 percent of its units since the 1990s and has another 600 “on the verge of failure,” with falling cabinets, unhinged doors and aging electrical systems. Almost a billion […]

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