Baltimore County Settles Housing Discrimination Case

By: Akira Kyles Special to AFRO

Baltimore County is trying to move past discriminatory housing policies that have been in place for decades.

Baltimore County officials announced March 15 their agreement to dismantle discriminatory housing policies and expand the number of affordable homes in more flourishing communities after five years of negotiations between Baltimore County and U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials.

The agreement is a result of a complaint filed in 2011 with HUD by the Baltimore County Branch of the NAACP, Baltimore Neighborhoods, a private non-profit fair housing organization, and three individuals. The complaints claimed Baltimore County created affordable housing only in poverty-concentrated areas and failed to affirmatively further fair housing, according to HUD’s press release. “Every person deserves a fair shot at opportunity and that starts with a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro, in a press release.

“This agreement sets Baltimore County on a path to stronger, more inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy equal access to opportunity.”

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