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Leaders Discuss How to Fix Homelessness at Light City’s Social Lab

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 12:08pm

Molly McGrath Tierney, director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (left) and Jeff Singer, former director of Healthcare for the Homeless, talk on stage.

Homelessness doesn’t hit softly; it’s more like a hurricane that sweeps through a city, according to Jeff Singer, former director of Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless.

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Poor Baltimoreans Need More Help As Water, Sewer Rates Keep Climbing, Report Says

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 18, 2016 9:33am

Photo by Ángelo González

Photo by Ángelo González

No one likes a higher water bill. However, ongoing increases in the water and sewer rates in Baltimore could leave Baltimore’s impoverished residents in particularly dire straits without more help from the city, according to a new report from the Abell Foundation.

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Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

New Study of Baltimore Youth Contradicts ‘Thug’ Narrative

1 Written by: | Friday, Apr 08, 2016 9:55am

Coming of Age in the Other America by

Coming of Age in the Other America by Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin

Ten years of research yields fresh insights into why some impoverished Baltimore youth thrive while others don’t. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power, Real Estate & Home

New York Times Editorial Says Racism “Doomed” Baltimore

1 Written by: | Monday, May 11, 2015 9:53am

Business Insider photo.

Business Insider photo.

All of a sudden, people everywhere have opinions about Baltimore–including the New York Times, which published a scathing Sunday editorial about the city’s problems that really didn’t pull any punches. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power, Schools

This Johns Hopkins Study About Life Trajectories Will Depress You

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 06, 2014 9:00am


It took Johns Hopkins sociologist Karl Alexander 25 years to complete his research about the paths people take in life. Finally, just a month before he retires from the university, Alexander has published what he found after studying nearly 800 Baltimore school children for more than two decades. And the news is kind of depressing.
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This Map Shows Baltimore’s Biggest Problem

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 8:51am

Screen shot 2013-12-18 at 8.26.38 AM

Baltimore’s such a complicated place. That’s true for a lot of reasons, but the newly-released census data tells a more simple story. Baltimore is poor, while all its surrounding counties are rich — quite rich, in fact.

In fact, six of the ten richest counties in the country are located in Maryland and Virginia, essentially in the DC suburbs. That’s a concentration of wealth that the Atlantic calls “truly astonishing.” Meanwhile, as James Briggs writes in the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore looks like an island of poverty.”
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Rosedale Doesn’t Want Low-Income Housing Either

0 Written by: | Monday, Nov 18, 2013 9:04am

Rosedale residents would rather this grassy lot stay as it is.

Rosedale residents would rather this grassy lot stay as it is.

Just a month after plans for a low-income housing project in White Marsh were scrapped in the face of local opposition, a similar project slated for Rosedale is about to get blocked by Baltimore County Council today, which is likely to pass an unprecedented resolution to refuse state funding.

The proposed development would include 50 homes, and residents would have the opportunity to eventually own through lease-to-purchase agreements. At least five of the homes would be earmarked for Section 8 renters.

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins introduced the resolution, saying that while she is “not anti-poor people,” she disagrees with the location, which she says is “already a very poor community,” one without a grocery store or public transportation. Read More →

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Why My Mother Made Me Call Her Tina

60 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 11:16am

somali-girlUniversity of Baltimore MFA student D. Watkins tells the difficult story of his Somali mother, Tina, who gave birth to him when she was 15, full of big plans other than being a mom.

Tina is a loud-mouthed, club-hopping, plate-snorting, someone-else’s-Mercedes-driving, street-fighting, pink-rollers-under-a-ripped-stocking-cap-wearing, PTA-meeting-missing, new-best-friend-every-day-having, mother of five children with four different fathers–I’m her second oldest. Read More →

Culture, Lifeline, Money & Power

Warnock Foundation Initial Results of Baltimore Survey

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 14, 2013 2:38pm

WF Survey Memo

Courtesy Citybizlist – When we invested in Baltimore in 2012, we found a thriving community of innovators, creators, do-gooders, across disciplines, all connecting together to push for change in Baltimore. Change to how nonprofits deliver services. Change to how communities are engaged. Cultural change from the bottom, up. Read More →

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Baltimore City Is Poor, but the Suburbs Are Worse!

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:41am


Baltimore’s massive poverty problem is impossible to miss, whatever your income bracket. Vacant and condemned buildings speckle the city. And many others that ought to be condemned house families. But of course we no longer need the visual cues. Awareness of Baltimore’s blight is something the entire nation has internalized.

That’s why it’s so surprising to learn that in 2011 there were actually more poor living in Baltimore’s suburbs. That’s by raw numbers of residents living in poverty (around 150,000 in the city compared with 159,000 in the suburbs), not by percentage of population. But when you’ve got the majority of assistance programs focusing their attention on the city, that leaves an awful lot of people in the cold. Read More →

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