Earlier this month, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) welcomed HUD III Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice and Patrick Wallis, HUD Senior Management Analyst. While touring the properties, updates were given on the latest REAC Inspection scores and plans for addressing public safety concerns. HABC’s HUD inspection scores have dramatically improved under the leadership of Executive Director Janet Abrahams, with the pass rate going from 35% in 2017 to 50% in 2018. An article in the Baltimore Sun on April 19, 2019 detailed the improved scores, including for Rosemont Tower, which increased from 24 in 2017 to 71 in 2018.
The tour also included a visit to the recipients of housing at Douglass Homes through the celebrated Housing Plus Pilot program that launched in February. The Housing Plus Pilot program was created by HABC in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and the community non-profit Healthcare for the Homeless to combat homelessness in the city and to provide housing for up to 50 homeless families!