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St. Ambrose on The Hill
Executive Director Gerard Joab spent a day on the hill to advocate for the importance of federal funding for housing and community development projects. 

Here he is with Senator Ben Cardin and two other NeighborWorks America network members from Maryland, Dan Ellis from NHS of Baltimore (left) and Robert Goldman of Montgomery Housing Partners (right). 
Look for St. Ambrose in the Baltimore edition of The Beacon!
St. Ambrose Homesharing is featured in a special report on Innovative Housing Options for seniors. Read the paper online here (article begins on page B2).


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March 28, 2017

St. Ambrose staff celebrated International Women's Day by wearing red on March 8th. 
 
     Welcome to the March newsletter!  Here you'll find a story about how the community sprang to action in response to a $1,300 water bill and an update on how our historic Aigburth-Vale mansion is going green! 
Aigburth-Vale is Getting a Green Upgrade
     Next month Aigburth-Vale is getting solar panels installed on the roof of the building's addition. The solar panel installation is part of a multifaceted renovation that will update and preserve the entire building. The solar energy harnessed by the panels will help power the shared community spaces at the mansion.  New HVAC systems, appliances, lighting upgrades, and insulation will also make the building more energy efficient.  Aigburth-Vale is an affordable senior living community for 70 residents in Towson, Maryland. 
Water Bill action this March
       Recently, our client Evelyn Anderson's story was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Sun. Evelyn was facing a $1,300 water bill and despite our attempts to contest the bill and her plumber's endorsement that there was no leak in her house, she was facing the reality that she could lose her home in a tax sale this May. Read more about Evelyn's story and how the Baltimore community stepped up to support her.
      In the month since Evelyn's story was published state and local officials have taken action on water bill policy.  Baltimore City Council held an investigative hearing last night regarding the issue and two bills have advanced to the Maryland Senate to create a one year moratorium on selling homes with unpaid water bills in tax sale and to create a task force to investigate the issue.  Stay tuned! We're following this issue and will provide updates via our facebook and twitter pages. 
left to right: Charlotte Clarke, St. Ambrose attorney, Evelyn Anderson, client, Christina Ochoa, St. Ambrose attorney
The mission of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center is to create, preserve and maintain equal housing opportunities for low and moderate income people, primarily in Baltimore City, and to encourage and support strong and diverse neighborhoods.