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Baltimore summit will discuss ways to reduce vacant homes

Baltimore’s mayor and housing officials are holding a summit as part of a move to reduce the number of vacant houses in the city.

Thursday’s summit at the Convention Center is part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s “Vacants to Value” program. Organizers say participants will learn details of the initiative, including how to buy city-owned property, and will be able to share their own ideas.

Baltimore owns about 4,000 vacant dwellings. Officials hope to cut the number of vacancies by 1,000 dwellings in the first year of the program. Housing officials say simply demolishing all the vacant housing would be too costly.

2 comments

  1. Just like the Baltimore Sun should, you might want to consider actually providing links to some of these resources. Here, I’ll do it for you.

    Vacants to value: http://www.baltimorehousing.org/vacants_to_value.aspx

    Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baltimore-Housing-Vacants-to-Value-Initiative/174594812563039.

    You’re welcome.

  2. All the vacants homes in Baltimore can be dealt with in a couple manners. One being to demolish them like they did in the Bronx, NY many years ago and start a completely new housing community with single family modernized dwellings that families can buy and create a better looking community with many of the owners as overseers of this community with the City’s backings!!!! It has worked in the Bronx and my mother was one of the founders of this inititive!!! Try it and ALL may like it!!!!!!