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HABC Announces New Safety and Security Measures at Poe Homes

HABC receives grant from HUD and partners with Baltimore City Police Department

Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Executive Director Paul T. Graziano joined elected officials, CitiWatch partners, the HABC Board of Commissioners, the HABC Resident Advisory Board (RAB), the Poe Homes Tenant Council, residents and Baltimore Housing staff on November 3, 2016 to announce new measures to help fight crime and drug activities at Poe Homes.

HABC was one of 29 public housing authorities that received a total of $6 million from HUD in May 2015 to help fight crime and drug activities. Of that $6 million, HABC was awarded $250,000 from HUD, under its Capital Fund Emergency Safety and Security Program, to purchase and install security cameras and lighting at Poe Homes to improve security and monitoring.

HABC does not tolerate crime and is working with the Baltimore City Police Department and the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice to make HABC properties safer for residents. In September, HABC installed 63 new LED lights and 11 closed caption television (CCTV) cameras at Poe Homes. The cameras are connected by fiber optic cables and are part of the CitiWatch Security Camera Network, operated by the Baltimore City Police Department.

In addition to the safety and security measures at Poe Homes, HABC currently has a total of 173 cameras at five other housing developments on the CitiWatch Network. The developments with cameras include Cherry Hill, Latrobe, Gilmor, McCulloh, and Perkins. These safety and security measures will not only benefit HABC residents but also the greater community.

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