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HABC Announces New “HEAL” Pest Control Campaign

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s (HABC) Executive Director Janet Abrahams joined Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, DPW Director Rudy Chow and other partners to kick off the HEAL (Healthy Elimination of ALL-pests Long-term) campaign. The initiative aims to make public housing healthier, especially for children.

HEAL is a special project of HABC that will rid public housing of rats, mice, roaches, and other pests, which are associated with health issues such as asthma. The program will be implemented in 16 public housing developments, beginning with Douglass Homes on November 1st.

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“The residents who live in HABC’s public housing developments are a priority for me and my team. Our vision is to improve their housing and quality of life, and we are committed to doing that through our new innovative HEAL campaign,” said Executive Director Abrahams. “I’m appreciative of all of our partners who are joining our widespread pest control efforts.”

“It’s my administration’s goal to create a healthier city for all residents,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “The interagency collaboration between HABC and other city agencies to eliminate pests, which aggravate health conditions such as asthma, from public housing is a step in the right direction.”

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HABC’s HEAL campaign partners include the HABC Resident Advisory Board, DPW’s Rat Rubout Program, Housing Code Enforcement, the Health Department’s Community Asthma Program, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Home Paramount, HABC’s pest contractor.

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“Each day, Baltimore City Department of Public Works employees conduct about 700 inspections for rats and other pests in neighborhoods all over the City,” said DPW Director Chow. “Now, as part of a comprehensive strategy, we’ll extend our Rat Rubout program into Baltimore’s public housing complexes. Combined with other public agencies, and a private pest contractor hired to do interior pest control, I know we’ll make these housing complexes safer, healthier, better places to live.”

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