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Dec. 3, 2013 8:15 am

Baltimore Slumlord Watch blogger needs $5K for housing policy work

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support.

From Baltimore Slumlord Watch: 701 Lafayette Street is owned by a company that was accused of owning blighted properties as early as 1942.

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. This week’s project comes from GiveCorps. See other Crowdfundings of the Week here.

Earlier this year Baltimore Slumlord Watch blogger Carol Ott launched a second website, Housing Policy Watch, to augment the work she was doing documenting the city’s vacant houses and the absentee landlords who neglect their derelict properties.

Read Technical.ly Baltimore’s 2012 Q&A with Ott here.

The new site’s mission is two-fold.

  1. It’s part-educational — for instance, explaining to tenants and landlords the intricacies of housing law and what’s required by each party when they enter into a rental agreement.
  2. The other part is more advocacy-based: helping Baltimore’s residents and community groups clean up their neighborhoods and fix up blighted properties.

Ott is now raising $5,000 on GiveCorps to help neighborhoods with a variety of projects, including trash abatement and alley-gating.

Donate to Housing Policy Watch’s GiveCorps campaign here.

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