Public Housing

Baltimore launches new program to eliminate rats in public housing

Baltimore launches new program to eliminate rats in public housing

As Mayor Catherine Pugh wrestles with record crime rates and vacant houses, she has added another item to her to-do list: Ridding Baltimore’s thousands of public housing units of rats.

The mayor gathered the heads of several departments and a dozen other officials at City Hall on Wednesday to announce the Healthy Elimination of All Pests Longterm, or HEAL. The program was scheduled to start that afternoon at Douglass Homes, a complex of nearly 400 units in East Baltimore.

Public housing complexes across the city have long been treated for pests, a widespread nuisance that tenants loathe. Pugh said her program will take a new approach by improving the collaboration between...

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