Howard County, MD

Sexual orientation and gender identity added to county fair housing ordinance

June 20, 2016
Under protest, the Howard County Commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment to the county’s fair housing ordinance which modifies the definition of family to include “sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of its members.”
     The amendment was undertaken by the county in order to comply with the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was necessary in order to acquire three grants it has in process. These include about $300,000 in funding through the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council, a CDBG planning grant where Howard County is the lead applicant for the town of Russiaville, and a blight elimination grant through the IHCDA.
     The commissioners cited an issue with the language of the ordinance for being a reason they adopted the amendment “under protest.”

Maryland county to let landlords turn away subsidized tenants

May 14, 1998
Howard County housing officials are moving to give landlords the power to turn away rental applicants who receive government housing subsidies, a significant change in one of the most pro-tenant local housing policies in Maryland. Howard is one of only two Maryland counties that prohibit landlords from refusing to rent to applicants based on their source of income. But legislation pending before the County Council would allow Howard landlords to refuse to rent to applicants who receive government housing subsidies once 20 percent of an apartment complex is occupied by such tenants.
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