As high prices, rising rents and tight credit requirements continue to make homeownership difficult for many families, some private and nonprofit developers are trying to find ways to make homeownership more accessible for renters.
Baltimore Housing has launched a marketing campaign for a selected group of so called "eclectic" properties, in an effort to highlight the value hidden in the sea of roughly 1,000 vacants listed for sale.
Stephen Powers, an artist hired by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, recently painted the bright letters "FOREVER TOGETHER" and "I AM HERE BECAUSE IT'S HOME" on the 36 abandoned houses as a preview to a larger project he will be starting in the fall.
The roofs in the new development in Southeast Baltimore aren't all finished, and city officials aren't quite sure what to call it, but they turned out in force on Wednesday to celebrate the first apartments completed on land that once held the sprawling O'Donnell Heights public housing complex.
A plan to sell Baltimore's public housing high rises to private developers has left us residents concerned about guarantees of our rights, oversight of maintenance, loss of union jobs and the loss of our homes.
The $300,000 grant will allow for the demolition of the 14 vacant buildings along the shopping strip, but Brenda McKenzie, president of Baltimore Development Corp., said officials haven't decided which buildings will be razed and which will be preserved.
One year ago, local activist group Housing Our Neighbors stood with the 14 residents of a tent city in the heart of downtown Baltimore and watched as a city bulldozer demolished tents that had housed people for years. This approach to homelessness and tent cities is both misguided and ineffective. We know what works to end this crisis: a model called "housing first," coupled with policies that increase the supply of affordable housing, health care, jobs and livable wages.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Wednesday he expects Baltimore to be a model for a new program, which will turn over thousands of units of public housing to private and nonprofit developers.