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Renters Week Of Action: Baltimore

This past September, “Renters Week Of Action” was held in 45 cities across the country to raise awareness to the housing crisis that is taking place in the United States and right here in Baltimore.

55% of Baltimore residents spend 30-50% of their monthly income on housing. Even though there has been a surge of new housing/apartments across the city, the vast majority of this housing is luxury apartments that the average, working-class American cannot afford, let alone someone on food stamps.

Affordable housing is few and far between here in Baltimore. In fact, there is a shortage of about 7.4 million affordable houses for those in need nationwide.  

Renters Week Of Action not only raises awareness to this problem, it also calls on lawmakers to find a solution to this problem. Raise awareness about this problem by sharing this post with your friends and family! Let’s work together to put an end to the housing crisis.

More info on: Homesforall.org and The Baltimore Sun

What Are You Thankful For?

It’s that time of year again: the holiday season! While the holidays are an exciting time for many of us, for others it is a time when it is hard to ‘be expected to be happy.’ With holidays being advertised as a time of the year to show love and appreciation through excess, many people struggle with past mistakes, extremely tight budgets, and focusing on maintaining sobriety or positive mental health.

Many of our residents live on less than $10,000 per year to cover food, rent, transportation, and clothes. This does not leave much, if anything, to spend on things that allow you to feel valued or rested. As a result, this can be a time of the year when it is difficult to maintain forward progress and avoid relapse in areas such as positivity, good spending behaviors, etc. Parental guilt can lead our residents to overcompensate and get themselves in financial trouble, or if they can continue to watch their budget, guilt and depression can set in. When everything in society tells you to be happy and rejoice in what you have, it can often lead to reflecting on what you don’t have and people you have lost or lost touch with or trigger past traumas.

This holiday season, we ask that you enjoy your time with your family and friends, go for second helpings at dinner, but also do not forget those who have less than you. You can help support our residents during the holiday season by making a donation today. Click here for more information.