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Baltimore starts fund to help people who get behind on water bills and taxes

Baltimore starts fund to help people who get behind on water bills and taxes

Baltimore is launching a special fund to help people whose homes are threatened when they fall behind on city bills, Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday.

Officials said the fund is intended to help homeowners avoid having their property sent to tax auction, the controversial process in which investors may buy their debts, charge them interest and fees or foreclose. The fund is to be aimed at helping seniors in particular.

"We need to help people stay in their homes, not have them out of their houses," Pugh said.

The mayor's office did not provide details on how large the fund would be. A spokesman for Pugh said there would be an online application...

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