Since 2012, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council has been assisting local jurisdictions and public housing authorities (PHAs) -- the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group -- with regional fair housing planning and implementation.
2019 Regional AI
Based on May 23, 2018 guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), six local jurisdictions and five public housing authorities (PHAs) in the Baltimore metropolitan area are collaborating with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) to create a new Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, or AI.
The jurisdictions and PHAs will use publicly available data from HUD and reasonably available local data to conduct the analysis from the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2019. The collaboration anticipates releasing a draft AI for comment in July 2019.
The Fair Housing Group has gathered a Regional AI Stakeholder Work Group to advise the jurisdictions and PHAs through this process. The Work Group is meeting nine times between October 2018 and September 2019. Information on those meetings, including agendas, presentations, and notes from each, are available on this web page.
The new AI will replace the 2012 AI, described below, that jurisdictions and PHAs have been implementing over the past several years. Local governments and PHAs will include action steps from the 2019 AI that pertain to their jurisdiction in their Consolidated Plans and PHA plans for using federal housing funds beginning July 1, 2020.
The jurisdictions and PHAs participating in this collaboration are all of those in the Baltimore metropolitan area that receive federal housing funds directly from HUD.
2012 Regional AI
In 2012, the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group (the City of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties) finalized a new Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. In addition to an analysis specific to each jurisdiction, the AI contained a Errata sheet here)
Funding from a HUD Sustainable Communities grant (creating the Opportunity Collaborative), combined with Community Development Block Grant funds from the local jurisdictions, enabled BMC to hire a housing policy coordinator to work with the jurisdictions and PHAs on carrying out the Action Plan in the AI's Regional Section. BMC and the jurisdictions have sustained the coordinator position beyond the close of the HUD Sustainable Communities grant.
BMC's Housing Committee, created through the Sustainable Communities program, continues to serve as a forum for the Fair Housing Group jurisdictions and PHAs to work through Action Plan implementation with stakeholders in the region. Each year the Fair Housing Group updates its year-to-year AI Implementation Plan with input from the Housing Committee.
See BMC's Fair Housing web page for additional results of 2012 Regional AI implementation.