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Harry Spikes has extensive experience in serving the needs of Maryland and all its citizens. For the last 9 years, Harry has served as Special Assistant to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings who represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. He specializes in the sustainability of housing for all people through property acquisition, foreclosure prevention, homeless services, utility services, community safety, lead abatement, landlord/tenant rights, and witness protection.
Harry also specializes in Social Security programs. He helps families and individuals who have physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, or emotional illness, obtain help through the Social Security Administration (SSA). As of today, Harry has helped recover more than $800,000 in retroactive benefits for families from the Social Security Administration. Currently, SSA is considering Harry’s proposal to include prostate cancer among the list of medical conditions that automatically meet SSA requirements to receive disability benefits.
Harry proudly serves on several non-profit organizations in Maryland. He is the Chair of the Homeless Committee on the Community Assistance Network, which is the largest homeless services provider in Baltimore County. In addition, Harry serves on the board of directors for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore (NHS). He is the Chair of the Policy Committee and helps NHS provide housing services to Baltimore’s citizens that ensure the revitalization of Baltimore area communities.
Harry is a strong believer and practitioner of healthy living. He is a proud member of the board of directors at Shepherd’s Clinic, which provides health care to those in communities who cannot afford commercial health insurance. Harry serves on the board of the Maryland Historical Trust as the representative of the Baltimore City area. In this capacity, he ensures that historical buildings, structures, water ways and land masses remain preserved.
In 2013, because of his community revitalization expertise, Harry was invited to join an advisory board with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, and community leaders to create a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy for the Bolton Hill, Druid Heights, Madison Park North, Reservoir Hill and Upton neighborhoods of Baltimore City. This strategy will be used as the foundation for a $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhood Grant application.
Harry is a graduate of Morgan State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and served on the Student Government Association as Mr. Morgan State University. After working at the Library of Congress as a writer, he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore specializing in Public Policy and Administration and was a member of the MPA Student Association.
Harry is a member of the Oliver Community Association. In his spare time, Harry volunteers at Bernard Harris Elementary School in East Baltimore and enjoys working on old cars and studying carpentry.