You remember, right? It's got Sherlock Holmes (Homey?) painted on the side, and has the one objective of trying to get people to talk to police/detectives so the murder can be solved? [City police encourage tips with new vehicle, Baltimore Sun, June 30, 2015]
It's not working... [Baltimore police and prosecutors struggle with witness cooperation, Baltimore Sun, August 8, 2015]
You also might be aware of the Freddie Gray 'Crash for Cash' scam the honorable Marilyn Mosby has tried to keep hidden... [Defense claims Freddie Gray had history of 'crash for cash' schemes, CNN, August 6, 2015]
Oh, but it gets better. [Housing chief suggests mothers may deliberately expose children to lead, Baltimore Sun, August 15, 2015]:
Gov. Larry Hogan's top housing official said Friday that he wants to look at loosening state lead paint poisoning laws, saying they could motivate a mother to deliberately poison her child to obtain free housing.
Kenneth C. Holt, secretary of Housing, Community and Development, told an audience at the Maryland Association of Counties summer convention here that a mother could just put a lead fishing weight in her child's mouth, then take the child in for testing and a landlord would be liable for providing the child with housing until the age of 18.
Pressed afterward, Holt said he had no evidence of this happening but said a developer had told him it was possible. "This is an anecdotal story that was described to me as something that could possibly happen," Holt said.Anything is possible in 65% black Baltimore, a city where the sociopathic nature of blacks is on display by their desire to PROTECT the very black criminals shooting and killing their fellow members of the community because of some perverse desire to participate in the STOP SNITCHING campaign...
Recall that in 2009, 32 percent of all black people in Baltimore were using EBT card/Food stamps (compared to 8 percent of whites).
You might also remember Baltimore received $1.8 billion in stimulus money from the Obama Administration. [Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law: City burned despite ‘massive investment’ implemented by president, Washington Free Beacon, 5-4-15]
Why are these stats important?
Because in 2014, more than 10 percent of the city signed up for the opportunity to be randomly selected for a spot on the Section 8 voucher waiting list in Baltimore.
Ten percent of the city, with many of the mothers hoping and praying to the "Freddie Gray Lead Paint Lottery." [Thousands sign up as city's Section 8 wait list opens for first time in a decade, Baltimore Sun, October 27, 2014]:
Eight months pregnant and living in a West Baltimore emergency shelter, Juliet Vega and her little girls have moved three times in as many months.
Now, the young mother sees opportunity in the city's first housing lottery in a decade. She's not alone. In less than a week, more than 58,000 people have signed up for a chance to be randomly selected for a spot on the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's Section 8 wait list.
Only 25,000 will be chosen, and then only 6,000 to 9,000 are expected to receive one of the housing vouchers. The nine-day, online only sign-up period ends Thursday. Then, the wait list will close for another six years.
The intense interest not only underscores a pent-up demand but the acute need for low-income housing in Baltimore.
City officials said they are trying to make the process fair and expedient, and to provide housing to as many residents as possible under a federal program that has limited funding.
Despite the odds, the chance to just sign up for the wait list fills Vega, 23, with hope. She and her two daughters moved into Sarah's Hope about a month ago after she could no longer afford her rent in Orlando, Fla.
She temporarily moved into a friend's house and then came to Baltimore, but she said her new home was infested with bugs and that she worried about the wellbeing of her children there.
"That's exactly what I need," said Vega, who has a son due at Christmastime. "I'm trying to find housing wherever possible. My dream is to have my kids call a place their home. I don't want them to be in the same situation I was in, in foster care all of my life."
The vouchers cover the portion of rent that exceeds 30 percent of a household's income, and let residents choose the apartment or house to rent, subject to a cap.
In Baltimore, the cap is about $900 for a one-bedroom apartment. The housing authority gives out roughly 1,000 to 1,500 vouchers a year. Nearly 10,000 people applied for a voucher in the first hour the list opened on Oct. 22.
The housing authority received more than 42,000 in the first 24 hours, and by Monday, that number had grown to more than 58,000. Anthony Scott, the housing authority's deputy executive director, anticipates many more families may sign up to compete for the lottery.
Applications, which are free, must be submitted on jointhelist.org. The city also is staffing five sites to help people sign up for the wait list.
Adam Schneider, director of community relations at Health Care for the Homeless, said Baltimore leaders need to develop a plan to meet the community's need and that housing should be considered a basic human right.
"This whole thing is so dystopian," Schneider said. "You can imagine Orwell writing about people in desperate need of some basic human need being prioritized and put on waiting lists, and that's our reality now. How disheartening.
"We should be ashamed and we should act to change." Jeff Singer, who teaches at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, criticized the nine-day sign-up window and the online application requirement.
"It certainly disadvantages people with disabilities and people who are not wired, which also means poor folks and homeless folks," he said.
"They don't have the same access to the world wide web that the middle class and upper class has."
Singer also challenged the housing authority's decision to open help centers for just three of the nine days. Advocacy groups tried to fill the gap by providing volunteers at eight places over the duration of the sign-up period.
Scott said the housing authority believes nine days is "plenty of time" for residents to get to a computer and sign up for the wait list.
The agency designed the lottery process after analyzing the experiences in other cities, he said. Online applications, Scott said, ensure that residents can avoid long lines and the anxiety of a first-come, first-served process. All applications received during the nine-day period will have an equal shot at being selected for a spot on the list.
Yes, this whole thing is so dystopian, Mr. Adam Schneider, but not for the reasons you believe.
We have tried to believe the individual black people of Baltimore have the collective ability to sustain the remnants of western civilization left behind (the buildings, houses, and infrastructure) when white people fled the city as black crime became too intolerable.
They don't, because of their genetic limitations.
It's that simple.
This is the reason Baltimore is a food desert.
This is the reason black mothers willingly poison their children to hit the "Freddie Gray Lead Paint Lottery."
This is the reason corner stores in Baltimore have to rely so heavily on EBT card/Food Stamps as the primary source of sales.
This is the reason 10 percent of the city applied for Section 8 Voucher Lottery in 2014... out of 621,210 people (65% of whom are black), 59,000 signed up for the lottery, where if they won they only were award a spot on the Section 8 waiting list...
Ladies and gentlemen, the city of Baltimore has far bigger problems than a lack of reaction to the Homicide Vehicle...
America is truly irredeemable... and that's not a bad thing.