Housing Committee

Southwest Partnership

August 13, 2020




  1. Jill Muth (Office of Equity & Civil Rights), 
  2. Diana Geis, 
  3. Suzanne Welch, 
  4. Lou Packett, 
  5. Paulette Carroll, 
  6. George Kleb, 
  7. Lou Packett, 
  8. Suzanne Welch, 
  9. Mackenzie Kisiel (Enterprise), 
  10. Jonathan Susman, 
  11. Dominique Thomas (Mount Clare – Realtor), 
  12. Derrick (Mount Clare)
  13. Edith Gilliard, 
  14. Laura Dykes, 
  15. Cecilia Gonzalez (Sowebo Community Church), 
  16. Nate Tarter (SCC)
  17. Khandra Sears, 
  18. Leila Kohler-Frueh, 
  19. Sierra Jackson (United Way Homeless services), 
  20. Nancy McCormick, 
  21. April Patterson (Civic Works), 
  22. Auna Cooper (United Way)
  23. Dotie Page


Review of June Minutes – motion to approve Edith, Diana seconded


Guest Speaker: Jill Muth – Fair Housing Film Festival (Office of Equity and Civil Rights)

  • https://fairhousingfilmfestival.splashthat.com
  • Panels that might be of interest
    • August 25 5:00pm PANEL Overcoming Barriers to Home Buying
    • August 26 6:00pm PANEL Risk, Race, and Real Estate: A Conversation on Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact in Residential Lending
    • August 27 2:00pm PANEL Know Your Rights: A Guide to Navigating the Baltimore City Workforce and Housing Market
  • Will be available on Facebook Live for post-fair viewing
  • English & Spanish closed caption
  • Was last year recorded? No.


Old Business

  • Poe Homes Planning – Dotie and Sonia gave recap of Transformation Poe presentation on July 23rd
  • Homeownership Zones – Due to delays and economy, we lost the potential developer for the Franklin Square Homeownership Zone, so we are doing a Request for Proposals for 300 block of North Gilmor (Franklin Square) that will be sent out to the entire Committee this month.
  • Tax Sale Program – No update; still not assigning certificates but said to be working on an online portal. 
  • La Cite/CenterWest – No update
  • Habitat for Humanity

New Business

  • UMMC Downtown and Midtown Campus Live Near Your Work Program  
    • Heather is the new temporary coordinator
    • $2,500 down payment assistance 
  • Trash in the neighborhoods: The City had a whole Small Haulers program offering earlier this year.  Also, it looks like if they’re permitted, they only have to pay $20 to dump up to 7,000 lbs!  https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/small-hauler-program
    • Neighborhood Clean-ups and Youth Development myfathersplan.com Actually having a clean-up in Pigtown today at 10A! 
    • Continue reporting to 311!
    • Recommended those who are interested to attend Vibrant Streets Committee on August 27th.
  • Green & Healthy Homes Virtual Information Sessions Partnership? Future webinars for SWP? Yes.


GHHI’s Mission is to break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families by creating and advocating for healthy, safe and energy efficient homes.

  • We assist low income families throughout Maryland with home health hazards assessment and education on:
    •  Lead Poisoning Preventions & Hazards
    •   Asthma Triggers
    • Moisture and mold, Indoor air quality (venting, environmental tobacco smoke, proper furnace functioning, carbon monoxide)
    • Pest management
    • Safety (Structural Defects, Trip and Fall Hazards, Fire Hazards, Children’s Access to Chemicals)
  • We know the spread of the virus is greatly curtailed by social distancing and staying in our homes, however, we also recognize that more than 30 million families, often in low income neighborhoods, live in homes that pose immediate serious health risks and exacerbate underlying illnesses such as asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions, as well as mental health challenges. In addition, far too many children and pregnant women are still exposed to lead hazards in their homes.
  • GHHI would like to offer your clients or staff a virtual information session on several educational topics such as Lead 101, Asthma 10, Renters Rights, Healthy Homes 101 and Community Health Workers (CHW) / Home Visiting trainings that may be helpful to your staff and clients.  We would like to add you to our calendar for a Virtual Information Session. GHHI will create the flyer that can be distributed to your clients as well as promote the session.
  • Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Rental Property Owner Training. We are hosting a virtually webinar on Friday, August 14, 2020 and Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:30am – 11:30am that will provide a comprehensive overview of updated Maryland’s Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Law, Federal Title X’s Disclosure Rule, EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Paint, and Lead Safe Work Practices followed by a question and answer segment. We will provide an update on the Federal and State lead laws and the NEW lead paint regulations that took effect in Maryland on July 1, 2020. In addition, we will provide pamphlets, educational materials, and a housing resource list for owners.


Adjournment: Leila and Lou

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