Our Affordable Housing Crisis
In the Neighborhood
6/16/16, SARASOTA, FL --
"Today, 4 in 10 households in Sarasota County spend more than one-third of their total income on rent or a mortgage, county long-range planning manager Allen Parsons told members of the Tiger Bay Club. Half of those families spend more than half of their income to put a roof over their heads, he said. 'That's only going to get worse,' Parsons said, 'Unless we do something now.' But that "something" -- any kind of broad-based approach to promote workforce housing -- has eluded county, municipal, business, development, nonprofit and elected leaders alike." (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Zach Murdock)
4/19/16, BALTIMORE, MD --
Baltimore City Board of Estimates exempts Sagamore Development from city requirements to include affordable housing in its proposed $5.5 billion redevelopment plan of Port Covington. Sagamore Development is the real estate firm of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. (Source: Baltimore Sun, Natalie Sherman)
3/13/14, BALTIMORE, MD --
Watch this video from The Real News Network for an excellent 18-minute discussion about the range of issues faced by cities like Baltimore in dealing with low-income tenants, public housing, a shortage of private-sector affordable housing, and the growing homeless population as a result of Congress' persistent failure to adequately fund public housing. Featured in the video are Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry (4th District) and University of Maryland School of Social Work professor Jeff Singer.
From Our Blog
Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- Open Door America is pleased to announce a preliminary agreement has been reached with the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland to provide case management and mentoring services in support of the county's work-release and reentry programs. During the next 60 days, the parties will pursue a final agreement to create multiple employment-onboarding initiatives throughout Central Maryland beginning as early as December 2018. This developing partnership is a prime example of the type of public-private cooperation that is desperately needed in the United States to assist ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives and employers in finding highly-motivated entry-level workers.