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.