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A Proposal Backed By Mayor Brandon Scott Approved To Sell Over 200 Vacant Baltimore Properties For $1 Each To Local Residents

A new housing proposal in Baltimore, MD, is modeled after the city’s property program from a few decades ago. In the 1970s, Baltimore had a “dollar house” program, in which residents got to own vacant properties for $1 each under the requirement of fixing them, according to Bloomberg. Now, the idea to revitalize has surfaced again. The Baltimore Sun reports that Mayor Brandon Scott supported the proposal to offer over 200 vacant properties in Baltimore to people who will repair and live in them. The Baltimore Board of Estimates approved the program on March 20 . The program was designed mainly for individual buyers and community land trusts. However, for $3,000, developers and large nonprofits can also purchase unoccupied houses (small nonprofits would pay $1,000). This proposal is an opportunity to combat an ongoing issue in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun mentions that unoccupied homes are a big problem throughout the city, numbering more than 13,000. This new program will only cover...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 21, 2024

Irish Brewer Guinness and the City of Baltimore Launch Apprenticeship Program to Diversify the Beer Industry

Something really good is brewing in Baltimore! According to a Black Enterprise, the city of Baltimore is aiming to change the 1 percent of Black people who make up beer brewers within the country through their new program with Irish brewer Guinness. The two are joining forces to bring more diversity to the beer industry through the city’s Diversity Apprenticeship Program. Created through the Guinness Gives Back Baltimore Fund, this partnership between the city of Baltimore and Guinness Open Gate Brewery will help to train the new crop of aspiring beer brewers over the course of the next five years with an important goal in mind — to help create career pathways into hospitality for marginalized groups. Per PR Newswire, the fund includes a $1 million commitment that will focus on three areas in the Baltimore region’s Black community: equal representation, community empowerment, and economic justice. Although Guinness previously announced the initial commitment back in June in the wake...

Shanique Yates

Dec 15, 2020