Capital Gazette: Lawyers: Annapolis Inaction On Public Housing Conditions Defies ‘Basic Human Decency’

Capital Gazette, Oct. 25, 2019: Lawyers: Annapolis Inaction On Public Housing Conditions Defies ‘Basic Human Decency’

A nonprofit law firm that represents public housing residents in a lawsuit against the city of Annapolis and its housing authority wrote a searing letter criticizing the city for not moving fast enough to inspect and repair the more than 700 public housing units in the city.

The letter, written by Lisa Marie Sarro of Maryland Legal Aid, was addressed to a group of state and county officials who represent Annapolis, including Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Dels. Alice Cain, and Shaneka Henson, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Anne Arundel County Councilwoman Lisa Rodvien.

“The City’s complete inaction in the face of its clear knowledge and understanding of the dire conditions in which residents of HACA properties are living, even in the face of a federal lawsuit undertaken to address those conditions, defies common sense, political sense, legal sense and basic human decency,” the letter read.

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