Hoping to lower the city's stock of more than 40,000 vacant properties, Baltimore's housing commissioner said yesterday that he will step up efforts to combat the problem with a new plan.
Daniel P. Henson III, who serves as the head of Housing and Community Development and the Housing Authority, assembled more than 60 housing developers, city department leaders, community leaders and other housing specialists to draw up the plan.
Some initiatives have already begun, Henson said.
He said that two state's attorney slots have been created and filled to handle issues in housing court. Three already exist.