This is reposted from the Housing Policy Watch website, but the sentiment still remains.
Sorry this post is a little late — the past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind!
First, let me say thank you so much for all of your support — your emails, voice mail messages, tweets, and Facebook posts have been great — even those who have voiced their dissent, please know I’m paying attention and all voices are welcome at the table. The past seven months have been an incredible ride, and I look forward to a productive 2014!
This was part of my December email to everyone on the mailing list, but I think it bears repeating — your generous support has allowed me to touch a lot of people and get started on some much-needed work for the new year:
Over the past year, we’ve worked hard to bring national and international attention to the problem of vacant homes — we’ve also started a grassroots movement towards more transparency and accountability by government and property owners, and how we can perhaps make changes to ensure the current pattern doesn’t continue for five more decades. We’ve also had quite a bit of success getting homes added to the city’s Vacants to Value program — hopefully many more will be added in the coming year, to add to the City’s tax base.
In 2014, we’re going to be continuing the movement for more government accountability and transparency, and also working closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office and Baltimore Housing to develop a plan for enhanced penalties for repeat Housing Court offenders. We’re also going to continue the community outreach and referrals to legal services for tenants who are living in inhumane conditions, and also find ways to encourage our city government to be more accountable to taxpayers, and more transparent — because we can do better.
May 2014 bring you good health, much happiness, and prosperity!