Baltimore reimbursement program leaves residents burdened with sewage backup costs

Natasza Bock-Singleton could smell it from where she was sitting in her home office in the basement. She could hear it too — a gurgling sound, coming from the bathroom. She got up to find out what was going on.…

Opioid use, fentanyl deaths spike amid pandemic

After a noteworthy decline in opioid-related deaths in 2019, preliminary data from 2020 reveals a dramatic increase in deaths linked with opioids, particularly fentanyl, according to the Opioid Operational Command Center annual report. Officials blame the coronavirus pandemic.

Board of Public Works approves compensation for man wrongfully convicted

After serving 19 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of attempted murder, a man will be awarded more than $1.6 million in compensation from the state of Maryland.

Pandemic upends usual procedures in adoptions and foster care

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced departments of social services and foster care programs across the nation to adapt. But for many children and youth, who rely on stability, there is still a lot of disruption, experts say.

A look at a family’s journey of adopting amid a pandemic

Before the pandemic, the process of adopting a child took six to nine months. But now, it may take up to a year, according to Stephanie King, program manager for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s therapeutic foster program in Baltimore.

New facility in Baltimore aims to help urban communities grieve family loss

Baltimore, MD- Roberta’s House is a new 22,000 square foot facility in Baltimore that helps families in urban communities through the grieving process. The new facility has amenities such as a punching bag room, arts and crafts, a theater for…

Baltimore City residents press for tax sale relief

Some low-income homeowners in Baltimore may be at risk of losing their homes due to the city’s tax sale system and the ongoing burdens of the coronavirus pandemic.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announces partnership to create a database to track guns in the city

Baltimore is partnering with nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety after a recent uptick in gun violence. Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore’s police commissioner say this should help get guns off the streets and allow police to make more arrests.

Baltimore organizations work to get COVID relief money to underserved residents

Mayor Brandon Scott relaunched a $6 million emergency COVID relief program for the city.  The program begins March 1, distributing $400 debit cards to up to 15,000 households with a focus on marginalized communities.

Hogan touts new vaccine during stadium site visit

Authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s 1-dose vaccine would provide a huge boost to Maryland’s efforts to fill the gulf of supply in the state’s vaccine reserves