10/01/07 Public Housing


 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.



3 Responses

  1. A note on low- and moderately priced housing in the private market: During the housing bubble, modest rowhouses in several Baltimore neighborhoods were gobbled up by investors to be renovated into “luxury” homes and sold at previously unimagined prices, or to be torn down and replaced by luxury housing. Examples: Canton and the neighborhoods north of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    Older, smaller apartments were bought by developers to be renovated into luxury condos or razed and replaced by expensive condos and apartments. Long story short, the supply of affordable housing has been shrinking in the private sector as well as in public housing. –Bernie

  2. Can the Housing Authority response to the Abell report be posted on the blog site as I’ve been unable to find it on the Abell Foundation Website?

  3. Hi Patrick –
    The Housing Authority’s response starts on page 9 of the Abell report, immediately following Joan Jacobson’s study. Here’s the link:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: