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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 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.
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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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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Sun Staff Writer | August 23, 1995
Residents of Ellicott City's subsidized Hilltop housing complex are renewing a call for ownership of the public housing community's townhouses after a recent county error in rent pricing rekindled a decades-long controversy between tenants and the county over selling Hilltop's units.This summer, county housing officials issued new lease agreements to some Hilltop residents that mistakenly raised their rents by as much as $200 a month. The errors will be corrected soon, officials say, but the problem raised anew the issue of an alleged promise to residents long ago that the county might sell them their rented homes.
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By Ginger Thompson | April 7, 1991
At a groundbreaking ceremony in November 1961, Mayor J Harold Grady stood on the corner of Myrtle and George streets in West Baltimore, looked out over a neighborhood of ramshackle row houses and announced the construction of a public housing complex that would halt the spreading decay.George B. Murphy Homes -- with its modern 14-story towers -- would provide affordable, sanitary and safe housing to hundreds of poor families and stimulate private improvements throughout the area, he said.
NEWS
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 Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2001
It seemed like the perfect project. Launched in the heady days of the city's renaissance and financed with $4.1 million in public money, six vacant school buildings were converted by a private partnership into subsidized rental units - recycling historic properties, bolstering marginal neighborhoods and providing decent housing for poor people. Twenty-one years after the first tenants moved into the Baltimore Schoolhouse Apartments, however, this once-heralded venture in preservation, community development and affordable housing has become not a model for renovation but yet another addition to the city's roster of problem properties.
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By Melody Simmons and Michael A. Fletcher and Melody Simmons and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writers Staff writer Robert Hilson Jr. contributed to this article | June 23, 1993
For the second time in 20 days, public housing officials conducted a sweep of a high-rise building at Flag House Courts yesterday as they continued efforts to restore order to the 487-unit complex plagued by drugs and violence.The sweep at 127 S. Exeter St. was part of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's Extraordinary Comprehensive Housekeeping Operation, or ECHO, modeled after successful public housing cleanups in Chicago and Washington, D.C.Yesterday's sweep began at 9 a.m. when officers from the Baltimore and public housing police forces, maintenance and social workers and housing officials -- 350 people in all -- descended on the 12-story building.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | March 25, 1995
Saying they are trying to stop racially segregated housing in Baltimore, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge yesterday to block the city's plans to build several new subsidized housing projects.The new projects, which would take the place of six dilapidated high-rise towers that are slated for demolition, are all planned in areas of urban blight and would simply perpetuate Baltimore's low-income housing woes, the ACLU contended.Officials at the ACLU stressed yesterday that they are not opposed -- and in fact they support -- the tearing down of the high-rises.
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