Baltimore has 30,000 abandoned homes. At the same time, we have a surging homeless population. These contrasting challenges present a solution, though. We can fund community non-profits to demolish those abandoned houses which cannot be saved and to rehabilitate salvageable houses so they can become affordable housing.
The city needs affordable housing to bring its homeless population in out of the cold, to get struggling families back on their feet in rehabilitated houses, and to bring young families back into city life. With the vast number and varieties of properties left abandoned within city limits, we have the raw materials we need to make Baltimore City a livable place for all.
We are fortunate to have excellent, attentive care for our homeless population here in Baltimore City. But we need to make sure no one is without a safe place to live. In addition to rehabilitating structures for homeless citizens, we can reduce suffering in our city by connecting those living through homelessness with the mental health, employment and substance abuse services they need to get back on their feet when possible, and live in safety and dignity off the street.
Sanitation and Water Bills
Baltimoreans’ water bills are high because our outdated sanitation system leaks like a sieve, wasting water and causing pollution along the way. These same old sewers dump wastewater into the Patapsco and its tributaries, injecting human waste right into the Bay. Meanwhile back in the city, families are coping with astronomical water bills that many can't afford and that can lead to shocking tax sales that force families out of their homes for failure to pay a water bill.
There is no need to kick families to the curb over water bills. What's more, we can lower water bills, protect the Bay, and create jobs by repairing this dangerous, old infrastructure that threatens our environment and our children.