Like her, thousands of Baltimore City residents live on less than $1,000 a month. They are making choices every month between having food, medications, housing, and now water. The recent increases to water bills have significantly impacted these vulnerable citizens. Additionally, the Board of Estimates increased bills by 37 percent, phased in over three years from 2013-2015. This 37 percent increase in water and sewer bills has placed many additional citizens into financial risk. Compounding the problem is the historic system of tax sale that sells the debt for unpaid water bills to predatory collectors. This draconian law has created significant hardship for many seniors, in some cases resulting in their homes being taken from them, leaving another vacant property behind in communities overburdened by abandonment.