WELCOME To THE BNI Website!
Our work is performed day-to-day by a dedicated knowledgeable and passionate staff who cannot be thanked enough for the work they do providing essential information to Maryland citizens and the honest housing providers and services whose commitment to providing shelter and homes builds communities and strengthens neighborhoods.
2014 will be an exciting year for us as we celebrate BNI’s 55th anniversary and the 100th birthday anniversary of James Rouse, who along with Sydney Hollander, Jr. and Ellsworth Rosen pioneered BNI’s incorporation on March 20, 1959.
BNI is also grateful to our grantors, sponsors and contributors, without whose financial support we would not be able to exist as Maryland’s only statewide nonprofit organization focused on fair housing and tenant-landlord issues.
Our ability to continue this unique and essential work for housing justice in 2014, as well as in 2059 and beyond, ultimately depends on you! We know you have many options in giving to charity and we appreciate your considering BNI this year. While your tax deductible gifts in any amount are appreciated, perhaps you will consider a gift in recognition of our 2014 milestones in the amount of $55 or $100 or even $550. To make your gift, visit our products/donations page.
I hope you appreciate the artwork that accompanies this message and will consider purchasing notecards and/or postcards displaying this beautiful work by Bernard Kleina. Please view/download the linked order form for more information.
On August 15, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (postponed from June 27, 2014),, BNI will present its Maryland Tenant-Landlord Law Training at the Harford County Library, Joppa Branch, 655 Towne Center Drive, Joppa, MD 21085. This training is intended for landlords, property managers, government and non-profit housing professionals.
The purpose of the training is to present information on the rights and responsibilities of housing providers and tenants as required under residential tenant-landlord and fair housing laws. In addition, the training will address the fair housing act with regards to reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities.
The goals of the training are to:
- improve the relationship between landlords and tenants;
- develop familiarity with Maryland laws governing residential tenancy; and
- increase the understanding and knowledge of housing rights of persons with disabilities regarding reasonable accommodations and modifications.
The fee to non-BNI members is $30 per person; $27.50 each for two individuals from the same company; or $25 each for three or more individuals from the same company. Click below to register and pay the fee. Registration will close on August 13, 2014. Space is limited to the first 50 paid registrants.
If you are a new or current BNI member and would like the registration fee waived, please send an email to Barbara Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 410.243.4468. To view or download the event flyer, click here.
" I got sent to a lot of places for help before finding you guys, and this is the first time I feel like I’ve been told what’s right. Maybe now I can legally get rid of my ‘houseguest’ who just won’t leave."
Shana (PG County, MARYLAND)
" The apartment complex managers wouldn’t put a “handicapped parking only” on the space closest to my door, even though I’m disabled and have trouble walking more than a few feet (and I even have a state parking permit). Without your help, I would have had to move to out. "
Patricia (Baltimore County, MARYLAND)