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Renters demand transparency from Baltimore City government

Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 18:53:40-04

BALTIMORE — Renters, social justice advocates, and legal organizations want transparency from Baltimore’s city government.

Wednesday morning, organizers spoke outside City Hall in response to the recent termination of city Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman.

Organizers say before Braverman’s departure, he was working with tenant advocates and non-profit legal service providers to help renters avoid evictions and get safe and affordable housing. They want to know why he was let go.

"We need answers, we need leadership, and we need a true vision on how we're going to keep people in their homes. As well as how to keep landlords able to gather their rent,” said John Comer, the CEO of Architects of Justice.

Organizers fear a lot of bad could happen in the city if steps aren’t taken to strengthen the Eviction Prevention Program. They fear if it doesn’t happen, along with other needed steps, the city could see a massive wave of homelessness.

WMAR-2 News reached out to the mayor’s office for a statement and is waiting to hear back.