Union officials warned Thursday that as many as 200 maintenance workers and building monitors at Baltimore's public housing properties could lose their jobs under a plan intended to infuse the buildings with private money.
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City is selling nearly 40 percent of its public housing to private developers under a national model designed to raise millions for upgrades and maintenance, Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said Wednesday.
While many local counties and cities have laws on the books requiring residents and business owners to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their properties after any accumulation of snow or ice, not all do, records show.
When the North Avenue Gateway apartments opened formally last month on a corner of the city infamous for drugs, vacant homes and the 1991 slaying of a 6-year-old girl, so many people wanted to live there, property managers had to turn them away.
One California city's controversial plan to use eminent domain to reduce the number of underwater mortgages has caught the eye of some Baltimore leaders, who say the city might benefit from the program too.
Using funds meant to help poor families find affordable places to live, Baltimore's public housing agency has paid nearly $6.8 million to satisfy long-standing court judgments against it for lead poisoning suffered by six former residents when they were young children years ago.
The relatives of five people who were killed in a Baltimore house fire last year sued a landlord and the city housing authority in Circuit Court on Wednesday, claiming their failure to fix a faulty furnace or install smoke detectors led to the fatal blaze.
The city's housing department has awarded exclusive negotiating rights to Baltimore Free Farm, an urban farming group, buy two vacant, city-owned lots that border the group's community garden in Hampden. Baltimore Free Farm beat out a developer who wanted to build housing on the lots.