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Governor Moore Signs Housing Legislation to Make Maryland More Affordable

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Wes Moore today presided over the second bill signing ceremony of 2024, signing three housing bills dedicated to making Maryland more affordable. The bills, part of the Moore-Miller Administration’s 2024 legislative agenda, address concentrated poverty in Maryland’s marginalized communities, reduce instability in Maryland’s housing supply and affordability,

3 Things to Watch as Baltimore Considers Affordable Housing Requirements

After months of delay, a pair of bills requiring—and incentivizing developers to build more affordable housing units will be presented before the full Baltimore City Council Tuesday, and could be called for a vote. The bills are part of a package of what’s known as inclusionary housing legislation because they

“The Face of Poverty” by student artist Megan Jackson is a national entry of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Multimedia Youth Contest. This contest allows students in grades 7-12 to learn about poverty in the United States, its root causes, and faith-inspired efforts to address poverty, especially through CCHD. The contest is sponsored by CCHD and RCL Benziger.

“The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises. … Inequality is the root of social ills.”

– Pope Francis

Top Priorities for 2023

The broader costs to communities in terms of lost residents, public health impacts, and heightened crime are less measurable but very real.

In Baltimore and its surrounding counties, these costs are also highly inequitable as they are largely borne by majority Black and Brown neighborhoods and Black and Brown homeowners.

  1. Identify direct support of poverty and housing issues
    a. Track activities of moving homeless families into their first homes and determine how we can support these efforts.
    b. Examine how unpaid bills and taxes cause Marylanders to lose their homes and determine how we may partner with other organizations to make a difference for families in need.
  2. Initiate Offering of Letters and Expand Social Media platforms
    a. use letter writing and social media platforms to endorse local and relevant housing legislation in Baltimore City and surrounding counties.
    b. use federal letter writing campaigns to end hunger and poverty at home and abroad.
  3. Build relationships with our local and state representatives both at home and at the parish level.
  4. Host a Speakers Bureau at St. Ignatius featuring social justice speakers.
    5. As a parish located in Baltimore City support Equitable Housing Legislation.

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Loaves & Fishes

The Loaves and Fishes Ministry began in order to provide a nourishing weekend meal to the homeless and poor of Baltimore City and create an opportunity for fellowship for homeless patrons and ministry volunteers, trying to understand and live out the Gospel challenge of Matthew 25.
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Viva House


St. Ignatius partners with Viva House, operated by Brendan Walsh and Willa Beckham, to provide food to those who need it in Baltimore. Read resources on how and where to renew your DACA in 2023.
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What Baltimore Can Learn From Other Cities that Have Tackled Vacant Properties

From the Baltimore Banner

Baltimore isn’t the only place that has struggled to reduce a glut of vacant properties: several other cities and towns also are dealing with decades of flight to the suburbs, the Great Recession housing crash, and the lingering effects of redlined neighborhoods or other remnants of racist or discriminatory practices.

Some states — including Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. — have been able to use a $1.5 billion Obama-era program to prevent foreclosures and address neighborhood blight, but Maryland did not qualify. Baltimore’s vacant house problem is so stubborn and pervasive that no one tool, developer or community association alone can solve it, but those working on the issue say the city should try new ideas, tap community resources and pursue legal options to make progress.

The Baltimore Banner went looking for examples of how other cities have addressed vacant and blighted housing. These are some of their stories.