HOT TOPICS ▶ Climate Change     Undoing The New Deal     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  February 12, 2018

Slum Clearance: Relocating Public Housing Residents Without Notice

Many residents of the Gilmor Homes housing project say they did not receive notice from Baltimore officials about the city's plan to demolish six buildings and put 40 percent of the property in private hands
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

Honest, truthful, never doublespeak, news. - Elin
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


TOLU SOSANYA: The purpose of this meeting was to hear concerns from Gilmor residents, but also community members. So, I live across the street from Bruce Court and as a community member, hearing about the demolition, I got concerned because I know people in Gilmor homes, and just as resident and as an advocate was concerned about their placement, that they had options. [I] was concerned that the relocation, wherever families might be relocated, that they are relocated in areas that have good transportation and good schools. And so, that was a concern of mine. I'm also concerned just with some of the development I've seen in the city. I think that development is good, but I think that when you displace people in the process, I think that's not good, and some of the concerns that arose were "Where are we going?" "Will there be adequate transportation?" "Will it be close to a hospital?" "Will it be close to amenities such a grocery stores and malls?"

There were some specific concerns about not being moved to specific locations, especially as the mayor cited that crime was the reason for the demolition. There are other developments in Baltimore City that also have a lot of crime around them. And so, there was a concern about being potentially moved to those places that have crime.

What I find most concerning is that all but one person in the audience said that they had not received any notice from the housing authority and that my flyer that I put out was the first communication they received about the demolition. So, that's a problem. And so, again, just wanting to make sure that people are informed and that they have a voice in the process.

DURRE SMITH: The only thing that we truly know is that, you know, we can just only go based upon what we've already seen in the other areas in the city. And, I mean, that's exactly what it seems like. It seems that, you know, soon enough they're going to remove residents. And they did say that 40 percent of the property will go to a private owner. So, I'm not sure what else to call that, but if it was public housing and it's going to, you know, private owners, it sounds like gentrification to me. You know? I understand why that would be brought up as a concern. That's exactly what it sounds like and that's what it looks like.

RHONDA STOKES: My mom, she's a resident of the Gilmor homes projects, however she doesn't reside in any of the buildings that they're planning on demolishing, but it will impact her on many different levels. One, the demolition, the dust, she could suffer from that. And then if she has to be relocated eventually, the cost and her transportation.

SASHA JONES: I am here as a supporter of the residents of Gilmor homes. I work with an organization located in the neighborhood, No Boundaries Coalition. What I do in general is I organize around food and food access, however this conversation around housing justice, resident justice is very important to me, especially since it's happening right in our backyard. Lots of our neighbors, our customers at our produce stall live in Gilmor homes. They live in this area and we're all going to be affected. So, we held ... I just supported this meeting this evening.

It was actually organized by a resident of one of the homeowners in the neighborhood, Tolu Sosanya, as well as an organization that has been working here, Tubman House, came together to organize this meeting to allow residents a platform to voice their concerns and to start to organize, so that when the time comes, we'll be able to present our demands to the housing authority instead of what has happened repeatedly throughout Baltimore and across the country as public housing developments are demolished, that the residents of those neighborhoods are given very short notice, not given any choices, and are put in positions where they might be a financially more stable community, however those people become more unstable by their loss of connection to their neighbors, their community, their family member that live next door, the corner store owner that's gives them a lot of credit, easy access to transportation to their work, to their schools, childcare for their children.

This meeting is the first of many that will allow residents a space to come together to change that narrative so that we don't fall prey to what has happened previously, but that the injustices in this neighborhood do not continue in the future as it becomes more and more clear what the plans are for Sandtown-Winchester.


Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at

latest stories

Saudi Arabia's Unholy Alliance with Israel
Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2)
Once a Poster Child for Austerity, Latvia Becomes a Hotbed of Corruption
Is Russia a Threat?
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?
Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War
President Ramaphosa: From Militant Revolutionary to Corporate Magnate
Were Baltimore's Corrupt Cops High When They Made Attempted Murder Arrest?
Baltimore's Metro Shutdown Underscores City's Transportation Problem (1/2)
Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders
A New 'Cancer Alley' for Appalachia
Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse
Philippine War on Drugs a Cover for President Duterte's Fascism?
Mother of Woman Shot by Baltimore County Police Speaks Out
South Africa: Criminality and Deep Rot in the ANC Will Continue Under New President Ramaphosa (2/2)
Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?
The Return of Berlusconi: Can A Fractured Left Defeat Him?
Potomac Pipeline Would Be 'Another Contradiction' From Larry Hogan
Police Union Keeps Audit Secret Despite Allegations of Massive Overtime Fraud
Guns, Toxic Masculinity, and the Alt-Right
Zuma's Catastrophic Presidency Ends in Forced Resignation (1/2)
Brother of Crooked Cop Says He Knows Who Killed Detective Suiter
Israeli Strikes in Egypt Kept Secret for Years
As the Opioid Crisis Deepens, Will Maryland Democrats Vote to Save Lives?
The Free Market Threat to Democracy
Finding a SALT Tax Deduction Workaround
Florida Shooter Is MAGA Hat-Wearing White Supremacist Who Said Mexicans Should Be Killed and Black People Should Be in Chains
Charter School Principal: No Evidence Privatization Is Better For Students
Max Blumenthal in Gaza: Netanyahu Faces Scandal, Palestinians a Crisis
Trump's Infrastructure Fantasy a Gift to His Donors,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting