Settlement to Increase Affordable Housing in Baltimore County

March 17, 2016
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in mid-March a settlement agreement with Maryland’s Baltimore County to expand affordable housing in high-opportunity areas.
     The settlement is a result of a complaint filed with HUD by the NAACP Baltimore Branch, Baltimore Neighborhoods, and three individuals in November 2011. The complaint claimed that the county had only developed in areas concentrated by race and poverty, focused on rental housing for seniors rather than families, provided an inadequate amount of accessible units for people with disabilities, and failed to affirmatively further fair housing.
     According to HUD, the settlement will be a catalyst to promoting housing mobility and will help the county and the surrounding areas develop affordable housing that addresses residential segregation.