Baltimore group alleges housing discrimination at Carroll County complex

November 18, 2010
A Baltimore nonprofit organization that promotes equal housing opportunities filed a discrimination suit in federal court Wednesday claiming that a Carroll County apartment complex made fewer apartments available to black renters.
     According to the suit, two black "testers" for Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. were told that only one unit at the Middlebrooke Apartments and Town Homes complex in Westminster was available. Two white "testers" who inquired the same day last August were told of between 12 and 14 current or forthcoming vacancies.
     Housing discrimination has become rare in Baltimore City, said C. Christopher Brown, the attorney representing the nonprofit. "But when you look at the surrounding counties, you will see that there are more instances of discrimination in housing — not only racial discrimination, but discrimination with people with disabilities, family status discrimination," Brown said.