Housing Plan

COMBATING THE PUBLIC NUISANCE OF LEAD PAINT

Nick Mosby knows lead paint in Baltimore’s homes is a health crisis that exacerbates educational attainment and puts children on paths to the criminal justice system. He will declare it a public nuisance, and create a taskforce that checks every property for lead paint, remediates it when found, and registers it with the State. Lead paint victims will be referred to private sector attorneys.

LOWER PROPERTY TAXES

Nick Mosby will attract new residents and retain existing residents, strengthening the housing market and improving home values, by lowering the property tax 15.3%. He will lower the property tax 6.57% for commercial and industrial properties, bringing new storefronts to neighborhood main streets and new job centers to our economic hubs.

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Nick Mosby will replace Paul Graziano as housing commissioner, restore the department’s inspector general, and perform an audit of the department’s spending and performance.

BUILDING ON LEVERAGED DEVELOPMENT

Nick Mosby will partner with private equity to target investment around neighborhood anchors, making each dollar spent a surer bet for improved outcomes. BOLD Zones will not replace existing programs, but instead, target deployment to create critical masses of neighborhood improvement.

TIERED TAXES FOR PROBLEM PROPERTIES

Nick Mosby will implement a tiered tax structures for vacant and abandoned properties, penalizing their owners, so that it becomes expensive to leave them in a poor or unused condition.

RAPID HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS

Programs across the nation have shown that rapid housing for the homeless provides better outcomes for the displaced, while creating significant cost savings for social service programs. Nick Mosby will bring rapid housing for the homeless to Baltimore.

A STRONGER INCLUSIONARY HOUSING LAW

Mixed-income communities break-up concentrations of poverty and do not displace whole neighborhoods when property values rise. They also improve social mobility and save taxpayers in downstream costs like lower crime rates. Nick Mosby will help build these communities by introducing a stronger inclusionary housing law.

SERVICE AGREEMENTS INSTEAD OF PILOTS

Tax-exempt anchor institutions give the City “payments in lieu of taxes” that provide one-tenth of one percent of the City’s budget. Nick Mosby will end PILOTs in favor of expanded service agreements that involve our anchors more deeply in the City’s neighborhoods.

MONITORING NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH

Nick Mosby will use CitiStat to map all vacant properties in the City, along with their condition, so that nuanced development plans can be created for each neighborhood. He will also use CitiStat to monitor neighborhood indicators, making stabilizing investments in neighborhoods before they slip to a more costly, harmful state.

ENDING REGRESSIVE TAX SALE FORECLOSURES

Nick Mosby will end the practice of auctioning off lower income families’ homes when they cannot afford to pay the income tax or water bill, especially when high water bills are often the City’s fault.

A RECEIVERSHIP TASKFORCE

Nick Mosby will use the receivership law to move problem properties away from absentee owners, and to responsible new residents. Additional personnel will accelerate its application, and a waived minimum bid for receivership properties will help spur their purchase by building in additional profit margin.