Three ways you can take action today
Call City Council President Jack Young at 410-396-480 and thank him for his leadership and support in moving the Fund the Trust Act forward! Let him know how these funds will positively impact your community.
- Thank your councilperson* by finding their contact information here. Use this template to call or email them to say thanks and remind them that the Fund helps low-income families by creating more affordable housing in the city. *If you live in districts 6, 7, 10, 11, or 12, your calls and emails are especially needed to push the bill past committee. Your respective councilmembers (Middleton, Pinkett, Costell, Reisinger and Stokes) sit on the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee.
- Attend an event. Join United Workers and the Baltimore Housing Roundtable at one (or more!) of these opportunities to get our Baltimore City neighbors excited for equitable, inclusive and affordable housing.
- Wednesday, 9/5 and Friday, 9/7 | 5-7 p.m. (meeting at 2640 St. Paul Street)
- Canvass and make postcards in support of the upcoming Fund the Trust Act hearing.
- Phone Bank
- Thursday, 9/6 and Thursday 9/20 | 4-8 p.m. (meeting at 2640 St. Paul Street)
- Spread the word about the Fund the Trust Act agreement, and push Baltimore City residents to show up for the hearing.
- Art Build
- Saturday, 9/22 | 12 p.m. onward (meeting at 2640 St. Paul Street)
- What’s a rally without vibrant posters, signs and banners?! Get creative with fellow advocates ahead of the September 27 rally and hearing.
- Rally & Hearing
- Thursday, 9/27 | 10 a.m. rally, 11 a.m. hearing (City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.)
- Come out to the rally and hearing to support more equitable, inclusive and affordable housing! RSVP on the Facebook event here.
Background on the Bill
On April 16, Health Care for the Homeless joined partners to introduce the Fund the Trust Act, a bill that would require public dollars to go into the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
On August 10, thanks to strong grassroots advocacy from the community (including YOU) and a strong coalition, the mayor and city council leaders took the first step to fund the Trust Fund!
The amended Fund the Trust Act will come to a vote in the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee on Thursday, September 27. Its passage will guarantee that the city will begin putting money into the Fund starting in 2019, reaching $20 million annually by 2023.
Leading up to the hearing, we need to encourage our city councilmembers to push the Fund the Trust Act through committee and pass it through a City Council vote. Let’s show them that the community supports affordable housing…and we want them to stand strong on funding the Trust!
For more on this historic agreement, read Housing For All's recent letter in The Baltimore Sun.