“Nonprofit Legal Services Help Homeowners Struggling With Property Taxes Keep Their Homes” – By Kristen Griffith

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s tax sale work was featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy in an article published by Kristen Griffith on February 23, 2022. 

Here is a brief excerpt: “Elizabeth Vermillera, a retired pharmaceutical technician, spends her days handing out donated clothes and food to people in Baltimore. Since 1997, she has lived in the three-level rowhouse on East Monument Street…

‘I almost lost my house for $1,000,’ Vermillera shared.”

Read the full article here: www.philanthropy.com/article/nonprofit-legal-services-help-homeowners-struggling-with-property-taxes-keep-their-homes

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Baltimore to Remove Owner-occupied Homes from Annual Tax Sale

On May 3, 2021, Mayor Scott announced that many owner occupants on this year’s tax sale list will be removed from tax sale. This news was a huge relief to MVLS clients, who faced losing their homes during the pandemic. We applaud this announcement from the Scott administration and remain dedicated to continue to working with them on long term systemic reform to tax sale.Baltimore Row Homes

MVLS has been part of a coalition of organizations advocating for reforms to Baltimore’s tax sale system and the terrible impact tax sale has on homeowners of limited means for many years. MVLS and other advocates shared a Tax Sale White Paper with the Mayor’s Office, Finance Department and other City officials. The White Paper recommends a new tax sale system with enhanced protections for vulnerable homeowners.

Through our advocacy, the Stop Oppressive Seizures Fund was created. A program created by Nneka N’namdi of Fight Blight Bmore and John Kern, MVLS’ Advanced Planning Project Coordinator, that distributes money to homeowners at risk of losing their properties through tax sale.

The Baltimore City Bureau of Revenue Collections will provide help to homeowners who have liens on their homes. For assistance, call (410) 396-3556.