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Urge your City Council member to support The “Housing Our Neighbors Act,” to create thousands of affordable housing units in the new Port Covington development. Increasing the supply of affordable housing is vital for Baltimore: it improves health, reduces racial disparities, and addresses the root cause of homelessness – a fundamental lack of housing.
The City estimates that more than 2,500 people experience homelessness on any given night and 57% of families struggle to pay their rent every month. Yet, despite overwhelming public investment, including a record-setting TIF, Sagamore is not currently planning to provide affordable housing in Port Covington. In fact, Housing Commissioner Graziano has refused to enforce the existing inclusionary housing law and has granted Sagamore an “exemption” from this requirement.
“For homeless and formerly homeless people living in Baltimore City, it’s very difficult to achieve housing,” said Anthony Williams of Housing Our Neighbors. “ We feel that $600 million going to private development is not fair to us or to Baltimore City. The answer is fair housing and affordable housing for all.”