For the production of a report, "Greening the Budget: 11 Ideas for Protecting the Environment and Easing Maryland's Fiscal Crisis, 2004." The report, part of a national effort aimed at fighting threatened budget cuts in environmental programs in cities and states, suggests strategies to close loopholes in the tax code, eliminate subsidies for pollution and deter other cuts of environmentally damaging projects.
For general support to continue promotion of Smart Growth strategies, designed to stabilize and revitalize existing communities while protecting Maryland's natural resources.
For research to investigate options for amending Maryland State brownfields laws to conform to federal laws.
Toward staffing costs of a rehabilitation specialist and a housing counselor to support the first year of Baltimore City's acquisition, renovation and resale of 200 houses in an effort to revitalize the Reservoir Hill neighborhood.
Two-year funding for staffing to expand programs providing emergency repairs to low-income homeowners through volunteers and donations.
For continued support of the Historic Communities Investment Fund, a matching grant program designed to create additional historic districts in Baltimore City. These new and expanded districts will be eligible for the Maryland State historic rehabilitation tax credit refund.
For continued support of an initiative to clean streets and alleys in a 22-square-block area of the Patterson Park community. The strategy is designed to improve the appearance of the neighborhoods and to encourage residents to invest in neighborhoods adjacent to Patterson Park.
Two-year funding in support of the Baltimore City Immigration Outreach Initiative, to encourage permanent residency in Baltimore City.
To underwrite the costs of a program designed to attract new homebuyers and renters to Baltimore City. The Center provides neighborhood profiles and tours to prospective residents, creates a semi-annual City Living Resource Guide, maintains an extensive website, works with realtors to promote City and State homebuyer incentives, and participates in home buying outreach.
In support of the Symposium on Gambling, a forum to debate the issues associated with the development and operation of slot machines in Maryland.