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High hopes as City Council proposes to actually fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund

A transfer tax increase bill has support from Council President, but no word yet from Pugh

By Fern Shen, Baltimore Brew

Eviction drove Terrel Askew’s family from their West Baltimore home when he was seven. Over the next few years, they moved 11 more times.

As Askew tells it, the landlord had a $5,000 water bill on their Fulton Avenue building and the tenants, even the ones like his family who did not have big bill problems, were thrown out.

“Growing up, I’ve seen people create a bed out of their belongings and sleep on the ground and be struggling in the cold because they don’t want to go to a shelter,” said Askew, 31, an organizer with United Workers. “My family had to move in with relatives.”

That hard history was on his mind as he and other community activists were at City Hall yesterday to celebrate a major milestone: The introduction of legislation to pump $20 million into the city’s created-but-never-funded Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Read the full article, "High hopes as City Council proposes to actually fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund," here.



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