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Charity Begins at Home: The 2013 Edition

It’s that time of year again — the recommended charities post.  Listen — I understand housing isn’t on the top of everyone’s list, and I totally respect that.  If you’d like to donate to Housing Policy Watch, great.  If housing just isn’t your thing — here’s a list of charities we know and love.  There’s something for everyone on this year’s list!  (List is in no particular order.)

  • Public Justice Center does a lot of work on fair wage issues, workplace justice, immigration, and civil right to counsel.
  • 1000 Friends of Maryland works for smarter development across Maryland, and environmental issues.
  • Healthcare for the Homeless — that’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Roberta’s House is a safe place for people, particularly children, who are mourning the loss of a loved one.  They offer counseling and a summer camp for families in need.
  • BARCS and the Maryland SPCA help abandoned animals find new homes and promote responsible pet ownership.  The SPCA also advocates for stricter penalties for those who are found guilty of animal cruelty.
  • Baltimore Heritage works hard to preserve and promote Baltimore’s many historic structures.  They also offer walking tours, happy hours, and other events to get communities involved in historic preservation.
  • Maryland Legal Aid is a nonprofit legal services provider that works with people who are primarily low-income.  Contrary to what I’ve heard people say — Legal Aid is not the same as the Public Defender’s Office, nor is it a state agency.  They’re one of the few resources for people who are in need of representation in a civil matter.
  • Another nonprofit legal resource to those with limited means, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service assists people statewide in a variety of legal areas — all attorneys are volunteers who work for other law firms.

Thank you for your generosity!


#GivingTuesday 2013

In case you haven’t heard — our “business side” of things, Housing Policy Watch, is participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, run by the awesome folks at GiveCorps.

Please help to reach the goal of $5000 by donating tomorrow!  Your generous support will go a long way towards making Baltimore a safe and healthy city for all!


Recommended Charitable Giving 2012

As you’re contemplating the many deserving charities for your end of the year giving, here are some of our favorites — they’re all local, and they all work hard to make Baltimore a better city, despite the odds.  Give often, and give generously!

A few new additions to the list for 2012, some of the same great groups from 2011:

Why these charities and not others that might be equally as deserving?  I have experience with all of them in some way.  I know the executive directors, or I’ve watched them carefully over the years.  These organizations have a few qualities in common:

  • They spend more on programs and/or direct services than they do on swank office space or fundraising/admin costs.
  • They’re organizations that work on the ground, directly making a difference — they “do” more than they “talk”.

So please — be generous.  Without these organizations, Baltimore would surely suffer even more than it already suffers now.  We can’t build a better city without them.

Call to Action: Please Help FDNY Families In Need!

If you’ve been watching the news over the past week, you’ve seen the devastation Hurricane Sandy wreaked over New York and New Jersey.  People have lost everything — their homes, their cars, clothes, etc. — and they need our help.  Baltimore made it through relatively unscathed, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

Some of the folks who suffered tragic losses were FDNY firefighters — their parents, their children, their spouses — and they need our help.  The men and women of BCFD T10 and E8 companies are taking a truckload of supplies to NYC to help their fellow firefighters and their families, and you can help — even the smallest donation will go a long way towards restoring some kind of normalcy to these peoples’ lives.

What’s Needed:

  • Clothes (especially sweaters, coats, gloves, hats, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Water
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, paper towels, sponges, Windex, etc.)
  • Blankets
  • Baby supplies (diapers, formula, baby food, bottles, warm clothes and blankets, etc.)
  • Personal Hygiene Items

Please drop off your donations to the firehouse — 1503 W Lafayette Avenue no later than 12 NOON on Thursday, November the 8th.

Thank you for your generosity.

Link Roundup

Milton Tillman and his son have struck a plea deal with the feds, according to the Maryland Daily Record.  Tillman Jr. is throwing himself on the sacrificial altar so his son can plead to a simple misdemeanor and serve no jail time.  You can also read more about the Tillmans here, and in the Baltimore Crime blog (scroll down to “4 Aces”).

The deadline for public comments on the draft zoning plan for Baltimore City has been extended until February 15, 2011.  You have the opportunity to shape how the city looks — make sure your voice is heard!

A group of property owners have banded together to stop the State Center development project from moving forward — with a lawsuit.

What does your neighborhood really look like?  Use this cool map to find out.

Columbus, Ohio now has a Slumlord Watch — check it out, and if you know people in Columbus, send them the link and tell them to get on board!

A Baltimore City housing inspector is in deep trouble for accepting bribes, according to Peter Hermann in the Baltimore Sun.

It’s almost the end of the year, and the time many of us make our end of the year charitable contributions.  In no particular order, we’d like to offer a few options if you’re in the mood to give:

If you know of other nonprofits we should look at, please let us know!

Cleveland Abandoned House Explosion Updates

Our earlier post on this topic generated a lot of traffic — I hope people reading it heed the warning.  Abandoned homes do indeed pose a danger to the surrounding neighbors — in this case, 15 people were left homeless as a result of a natural gas explosion.

If you would like to help the victims of this senseless tragedy, please click here for information on how to make a donation.

For more information on this story, and the property’s slumlord owner, click here and here.