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February 8, 1991
First came a study in November suggesting that high-rise public housing in Baltimore has proven a failure as a place for young families to develop. Now comes evidence that one of the few alternatives -- so-called "scattered-site housing," consisting largely of renovated row houses in poor, inner-city neighborhoods -- is also in trouble. Yesterday The Evening Sun's Joan Jacobson reported that some 300 units owned by the Housing Authority currently are vacant, and that many have been so severely vandalized they lack plumbing, aluminum windows and even the plywood planks the city installed to board them up.To put the figures in perspective, the 300 row houses in question represent only a relatively small fraction of the city's 18,000 public housing units, which include high-rise projects, senior citizens' housing and conventional low-rise developments.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2011
Baltimore housing officials hired a man as a housing inspector and promoted him to a supervisory position although he had been fired by the state Department of Corrections for forging sick leave forms and convicted of more than a dozen counts of theft, according to a report released Tuesday by the city's inspector general. Algie C. Epps worked for the city Department of Housing and Community Development for five years after he was fired by the corrections department. He was promoted to assistant superintendent of code enforcement in spite of his criminal record, according to the report by city Inspector General David McClintock.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | January 29, 2008
The smell of filth filled the small apartment. The couches were overturned, along with a washing machine, and the floors were streaked with grime. A bra lay on the floor in front of Shirley Gilbert's refrigerator. The underwear wasn't hers. Neither, she says, was the mess that drug dealers and junkies left for her to clean up in her one-bedroom apartment in the Latrobe public housing community in East Baltimore. "It's not safe here," Gilbert said. "They come in and do what they want to do. They bust the window.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer | October 29, 1994
The executive director of a Baltimore nonprofit housing corporation that is being investigated for questionable expenses took out thousands of dollars in personal loans, city housing officials say.Housing Assistance Corp. Director Jennifer Jones-Williams lent herself an amount far exceeding the $500 limit allowed by the group, which develops and manages homes for the poor, said city Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III.To repay the loan, she has been deducting $200 each month from her salary.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Staff Writer | June 2, 1993
Yesterday's sweep of a decrepit high-rise in the Flag House Courts complex was inspired by the Chicago Housing Authority, which has cleaned out 170 public housing buildings over the past five years, purging them of trash and drug dealers.Baltimore's two months of planning also took 10 city housing officials to Chicago to see how the experts do it.At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Baltimore housing employees flew to Chicago for a three-day training session by Chicago housing officials.
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By Marilyn McCraven and Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1996
After concern was expressed this week about Baltimore's plans not to include middle-income people in replacement housing for the Lexington Terrace high-rise housing project, a federal housing official now says those plans are fine.Alex Sachs, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said yesterday that the plans represent no change from the city's original application for a $22.9 million federal grant, so there's no need for a federal review."We were reassured [by city housing officials]
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 16, 2002
The Internal Revenue Service has slapped the Housing Authority of Baltimore City with a federal tax lien, alleging the agency owes more than $626,000 in payroll taxes. Officials at the housing authority, however, say the IRS is mistaken and that no back taxes are owed. Housing officials have been trying without success to reach the IRS for an explanation for a week since learning about the lien from a reporter. The document was filed in Baltimore Circuit Court on Oct. 9. Rainbow Lin, chief financial officer for HABC, has reviewed the authority's financial records and believes they are in order, said Melvin Edwards, housing spokesman.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | September 27, 2001
Howard County housing officials won some breathing room in their bumpy quest to buy a parcel in Elkridge for affordable homes - a deal threatened by a mix-up over grant money. Officials, who have a contract on the land but have not settled, hoped to win more time. Now it appears that the closing date, set for tomorrow, will be postponed because the owner must resolve a title problem, housing administrator Leonard S. Vaughan said yesterday. Operating under the assumption that the county might be able to buy the land after all, he has asked for an environmental assessment of the parcel to make sure nothing toxic is mixed in the soil.
NEWS
October 5, 2007
Arecent report from the Abell Foundation finds that housing for low-income families in Baltimore is being torn down by the city's housing authority a lot faster than any replacements are being put up. City housing officials challenge the report's conclusions and insist that reduced funding, particularly from the federal government, has limited their options. The federal government's disinvestment in public housing is clear - and should be reversed. But the city should do more - and do it faster - to create more livable spaces for the city's poor and working poor.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2000
Instead of tearing down dilapidated houses willy-nilly, city officials may remove whole blocks of vacant buildings, under a proposed demolition policy that could mean the razing of as many as 300 houses annually. The policy, one of Housing Commissioner Patricia J. Payne's first major initiatives, represents her attempt to restructure the demolition policy, which has come under attack in recent years by city residents who say the toppled houses become dumping grounds and magnets for drug addicts, vagrants and rodents.
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