Wednesday, March 12

Councilman Henry to Host Hearing on Housing Authority's Plan to Privatize Public Housing: Wednesday, March 12, 5pm

This evening at 5 p.m. Councilman Henry will hold a hearing before the Housing and Community Development (H&CD) Committee on the Housing Authority's plan to privatize some of its public housing units.

While this hearing was initially scheduled for the afternoon of March 20, Councilman Henry, who chairs the H&CD committee, decided to move it to a televised slot this evening -- both to accommodate peoples' work schedules and offer the opportunity for the hearing to be viewed from home on Channel 25.

Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano and others from his staff will be present to lay out the plan in full and address questions and concerns from committee members and the general public.

This plan has been buzzed about quite a bit in the past few weeks. See what the media has been saying in the links below:

"City selling Baltimore's high-rise public housing to private entities," Melody Simmons, Baltimore Brew, February 27, 2014

"Baltimore Housing Authority to sell 22 complexes to private developers," Yvonne Wenger and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun, March 5, 2014

"Housing authority's rehab plan chases after private gold," Mark Reutter, Baltimore Brew, March 10, 2014

"An opportunity for Baltimore's public housing residents [Editorial]," The Baltimore Sun, March 10, 2014

"Housing Commissioner Graziano on the Future of Public Housing in Baltimore," podcast, The Marc Steiner Show, March 10, 2014

"City Council and Advocates on Future of Public Housing in Baltimore," podcast, The Marc Steiner Show, March 11, 2014

The hearing will take place in the Du Burns Council Chamber on the 5th floor of City Hall.

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