We at Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), would like to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season.
In addition, BNI thanks you for your generosity and support in 2014, and in years past.
Although 2014 is drawing to a close, 2015, and all its hope and promise, is just around the corner. It is neither too late, or too soon, to consider making a donation to BNI. . Your donation will help us continue our work for housing justice, uniquely helping both housing consumers and housing providers “do the right thing”.
The past year has been challenging for many non-profits, BNI included. This year, BNI celebrated its 55th anniversary, continuing to ensure that people’s housing rights and responsibilities are not ignored. Often, people are surprised to learn that fair housing is still a concern today, over 50 years after passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act in 1968. In 2014, BNI has responded to hundreds of inquiries and received dozens of complaints concerning fair housing. These include persons with disabilities, families with children as well as discrimination based on race and national origin.
As the housing market data shows, Maryland faces a severe shortage of affordable and habitable rental housing. In 2014, BNI received nearly 20,000 inquiries from across Maryland from tenant and landlords. Our Hotline calls have grown from an average of ten minutes per call to 14 minutes per call. Without additional funding to add hours and counselors, we are unable to meet this rising demand. Many of these contacts concern the tenant’s inability to pay rent, the requirement to give proper notice when terminating a lease and a landlord’s duty to maintain and repair rental housing. BNI is the only nonprofit in Maryland to provide such comprehensive guidance impartially to all who seek our guidance. This guidance is free of charge!
Our highly acclaimed Guide to Local, State and Federal Laws Governing Tenant-Landlord Relations and local supplements continue to be required reading for many landlords, frequently directed to BNI by the District Court Judges.
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) and your donation is tax-deductible. For your convenience, donations by credit card may be made by clicking here, or you may send your donation via check to:
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
2530 North Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore Maryland 21218
Please make a donation to BNI, today. Your support will enable us to continue our work ensuring justice in housing and strong, vibrant neighborhoods throughout Maryland. As we close out our 55th year, our goal this Season is to raise $5,500 to support our continued work for housing justice.