PJC In The News

Tenants, advocates call for affordable housing fund, jobs deconstructing vacants

Baltimore Sun

Jean Marbella

November 8, 2017

Michael Coleman recently tried to count all the places he lived as a child in a sometimes cash-strapped family. Eighteen, he tallied — or 25, if he included the homes of friends or relatives who took his family in when they couldn’t find a decent, affordable rental in Baltimore.
“They simply don’t exist,” said Coleman, 40. “Either they’re not affordable or they’re substandard.”
Coleman helped gather what activists said was more than 20,000 signatures on petitions that they delivered to City Hall on Wednesday calling for a $20 million investment in affordable housing and another $20 million in jobs to deconstruct vacant houses and improve neighborhoods.
The Public Justice Center is a member of the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, which is advocating for city investment for affordable housing, jobs deconstructing vacants, and neighborhood improvement.

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