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Jack's Journal: Vol. 9, Issue 8

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Members of the Baltimore City Council traveled to Annapolis to fight for increase in minimum wage.


The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill which would increase the State minimum wage to $15 by 2023.


Several members of the Baltimore City Council, including City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, traveled to Annapolis Tuesday to testify in favor of the bill in the House Economic Matters Committee.


“Baltimore, like many jurisdictions throughout Maryland, is home to hardworking folks who’ve seen their wages remain flat,” said Council President Young. “They’ve struggled to take that family vacation, or invest in a replacement vehicle or put away a few dollars toward their children’s college education and it’s time for us to change that.”


Although a growing amount of evidence indicates that our economic prospects are improving, concentrated poverty remains a glaring problem in large portions of Baltimore City. Increasing Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour has the potential of significantly improving the quality of life for the roughly 23% of Baltimoreans who currently live at or below the poverty line – over 140,000 people.


A statewide minimum wage increase to $15 is likely to also help in reducing growing economic inequality within Maryland’s largest city. Passing a statewide minimum wage rather than a local minimum wage also has the benefit of ensuring equitability in wage costs for all of Maryland’s jurisdictions.


A hearing next month will take place for an identical bill in the State Senate.




Baltimore City's Board of Estimates - Annual Taxpayers' Night

The Board of Estimates will hold its annual Taxpayers’ Night on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Taxpayers’ Night allows citizens an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about the City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.


Members of the Board of Estimates will meet to listen to residents and gather feedback.


The first portion of the meeting will include a Budget Pop-Up session where citizens can engage with City staff about the Fiscal 2019 budget proposal and find out about capital projects slated for specific neighborhoods.


Taxpayers' Night will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay Street (across from city hall on Gay Street, between Fayette and Lexington Streets).


The War Memorial Building is located on MTA routes 5, 20, 23, 40 and 91. It is also accessible via the Metro's Shot Tower/Market Place stop. Limited parking is available in the lot directly in front of City Hall. Paid parking is available in the Lexington and Fayette garages.









Baltimore, Md.  Now in its 17th year offering free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income Marylanders, the CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign of Maryland is operating tax preparation sites in the Baltimore area and working with over 21 partner organizations across the state to provide free tax preparation services. 


FREE TAX PREP SITES IN BALTIMORE: There are 13 sites in Baltimore City and 2 sites in Baltimore County this tax season where highly trained IRS-certified volunteers will prepare and electronically file (e-file) both federal & state taxes for FREE for eligible taxpayers. People are urged to go on-line at or call 410-234-8008 now to set up appointments.  The 15 sites are located in Central Baltimore, South Baltimore, East Baltimore, North West Baltimore and also Towson & Catonsville in Baltimore County so there’s a site convenient to just about everyone. Many of the City sites are in Community Action Centers. 



“I cannot stress how important the CASH Campaign of Maryland is to improving our city’s future and strengthening its communities.  No one should have to go through the complicated maze of tax preparation without professional guidance, “said City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “Every citizen deserves to get the tax write-offs and refunds they need to make their lives a little easier.”




Central Baltimore


Central Enoch Pratt Free Library 

400 Cathedral Street, 21201


1199 SEIU
611 North Eutaw Street, 21201


CASH Campaign @ Union Baptist Church

1201 Druid Hill Avenue, Suite A, 21217

Corner of Druid Hill Avenue and Dolphin Street


South Baltimore


Southern Community Action Center
606 Cherry Hill Road, 21225

Baltimore City Residents Only


North West


Northwest Community Action Center
3939 Reisterstown Road, 21215 (Baltimore City Residents Only)


Center for Urban Families 
2201 North Monroe Street, 21217


Habitat for Humanity

Appointments available at two locations on varying days:

3741 Commerce Drive, #311, Halethorpe, 21227

1300 North Fulton Avenue, Baltimore, 21217


North Baltimore


Northern Community Action Center
5225 York Road, 21212

Baltimore City Residents Only


East Baltimore



2224 East Fayette Street, 21231

Appointments only 410-732-7777
Not ADA compliant, but wheelchair accessible
Servicios disponibles en español, llame al 410-732-7777

para hacer una cita


Southeast Community Action Center

3411 Bank Street, 21224

Humanim, Inc.

1701 North Gay Street, 21213


Morgan State University, School of Business

1700 East Cold Spring Lane, 21251

Corner of Hillen Road and Argonne Drive



Safe sleep for infants is an important health issue. 


Sleep-related deaths are the second leading cause of infant mortality in Baltimore and the leading cause of death for infants 1 month to 1 year of age.  Most of these deaths occur two to four months after birth. Nationally, African-American infants are twice as likely as white infants to suffer a sleep-related death.  


What you say and do makes a difference. 


Studies indicate that parents who have been counseled by health care professionals about safe sleep are more likely to place infants on their backs for sleep. Similarly, if patients have seen their infant placed to sleep on his or her stomach by a health care provider, they are more likely to adopt this dangerous practice at home. 


In Baltimore City, most infants who die in their sleep are found in unsafe sleep environments. These environments include bed sharing with an adult or sibling, sleeping on an adult bed, a couch, or other unsafe surface, and sleeping on the stomach.   


Education works.


Safe sleep campaigns have been associated with a decrease in SIDS deaths in countries that have implemented coordinated, far-reaching campaigns. Nationally, the Back-to-Sleep campaigns in the U.S. are credited with a 42% reduction in SIDS between 1992 and 1998.


In Baltimore, the number of sleep-related deaths has dropped and remained at lower levels since the 2010 launch of the SLEEP SAFE campaign, a coordinated effort of mass media advertising, community mobilization, and provider counseling.



Out and About in Baltimore


Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young presents a resolution to the parents of Baltimore native Derrell Edwards.


Derrell Edwards is a Baltimore native and former Dunbar basketball player who played basketball at High Point University. Now, he's a jackman and rear tire carrier for Austin Dillon's No. 3 car team on NASCAR's top circuit, and he helped the crew win the Daytona 500 Feb. 18. 







Coming up in Baltimore


Free Easter Party Sponsored by Hug Don't Shoot
Sunday, April 1, 2018, 3 -7pm
Langston Hughes Business and Resource Center, 5011 Arbutus Avenue.
Hug Don’t Shoot will be sponsoring a Free Easter Party on Sunday, April 1, 2018 . Fun for all ages  featuring music, dicso, food, drink & games! 


FRESH at the Avenue
Every Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Avenue Market, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave
Proudly selling produce grown in 21217. Featuring produce from local farms. Quality prices!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
Volunteers Needed!
Becoming a mentor is easy. Mentoring is about real relationships that help young people overcome obstacles and thrive. From education to extracurricular activities to community engagement, young people benefit from mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Community One-to-One Mentoring Program connects young people with caring adult mentors. Matches are provided with professional supports, inclusive of a case manager, and monthly low to no cost activities. We ask that volunteers commit to mentoring a child for a minimum of one year and to plan two to three match activities per month. To apply contact Leticia Sharp at 410-243-4000 or visit to complete an online application . Visit Big Brothers Big Sisters on Facebook: BBBSGreaterChesapeake, Twitter: @bbbsgc and instagram: bbbsgc.

Online Homebuyer Education Course
24 hours a day/7days a week
Looking to buy a home? Don't just take your best shot, make it a slam dunk! eHome America can help make your homebuying experience a winning experience! Learn what you need to know about the homebuying process, on your own schedule, from any computer. The cost is low, but the information is invaluable. Visit us at for more information, or to register online. Information courtesy of Steven C. Kinney of the GO Northwest Housing Resource Center on 2300 Garrison Blvd., Suite 140. For more information e-mail or call 410-947-0084.

GO Northwest HRC Free Foreclosure and Prevention Counseling
Wednesdays, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM by appointment only
2300 Garrison BoulevardSuite 140
This workshop is for individuals who are behind on their mortgage and/or facing foreclosure. Free workshop and free parking! Appointment is required. Call 410-947-0084 x104 for more information.

Adult Education Classes in Baltimore City
Locations throughout Baltimore City
The Baltimore City Community College and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City will offer Basic Skills (Pre GED) Classes at the following locations: Eager Street Homes, 709 E. Eager Street; Gilmor Homes, 1515 Vincent Court; O'Donnell Heights, 1200 Gusryan Street; Pleasant View Homes, 201 N. Aisquith Street; Westport Homes, 2343 Norfolk Street; Brooklyn Homes, 4140 Tenth Street. You must be at least 17 years of age to enroll. For more information call 410-396-3212.