The varied face of public housing in Baltimore.. the above pictures are all from different public housing developments, or projects, in the city. From top to bottom, we have Somerset Homes, O’Donnell Heights, Latrobe, and Cherry Hill.
The Baltimore Housing Authority has been on the defensive lately, starting with an article in The Sun last week questioning their use of funds to demolish certain housing projects without plans to rebuild them, or replace the lost units of housing elsewhere. That raised objections from a few people, including Congressman Cummings.
Then, The Abell Foundation released a study yesterday, authored by Joan Jacobson, entitled “The Dismantling of Baltimore’s Public Housing.” Maybe you can tell by the title, it offered some criticism. Included in the report is a candid rebuttal by the Housing Authority, which is actually longer than the study itself.
We’re bringing together some of the key players today, with some different ideas of how to meet the challenge of providing housing for the poorest in our city. If you have 2 cents to throw in, we’d be curious to hear it.