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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

September 1, 2005
To: Reporters, editors, producers
From: Glenn Small | 443-287-9960 | glenn@jhu.edu
Re: The Forgotten Crisis in Baltimore's Housing Boom

How can more than half of the rental units in Baltimore be renting for less than $400 a month amidst the recent housing boom? And even with those low rents, how can more than 16,000 Baltimore City households be on a waiting list for assisted housing? Affordable housing in Baltimore is in a crisis, yet one that has been largely ignored.

Johns Hopkins University Professor Sandra J. Newman, who also directs the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, has recently completed an in-depth study of the low-end rental housing market in Baltimore and will be holding a press briefing on Monday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.

In a 97-page monograph entitled, "Low-end Rental Housing: The Forgotten Story in Baltimore's Housing Boom," Newman meticulously details a portrait of a housing market in deep crisis, with little immediate hope of correction, despite the housing boom, unless new policies are adopted and policymakers change the way they collect and analyze data.

If you are interested in attending this one-hour briefing, please contact Glenn Small no later than Friday, September 9.

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