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Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)

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.

Upcoming 2025 Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Analysis

The same jurisdictions who collaborated on the 2020 Regional Fair Housing Analysis below are now updating that document for 2025. Please visit the project page for this effort to learn more.

Current 2020 Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Analysis

Building on more than 18 months of work with a consultant team led by Root Policy Research, including eleven meetings of a Regional AI Stakeholder Work Group, the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group finalized its new regional fair housing analysis in June 2020. This analysis is now shaping the programs of the participating jurisdictions and agencies over fiscal years 2021-2025. 

Download the Final 2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) and Action Plans:

BMC's Housing Committee, originally created through the Opportunity Collaborative, continues to serve as a forum for the Fair Housing Group jurisdictions and public housing authorities to work through AI Action Plan implementation with stakeholders in the region. Each year the Fair Housing Group will update the Implementation Plan above with input from the Housing Committee.

AI Process

Six jurisdictions and five public housing authorities (PHAs) carried out this process, with assistance from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and the Root Policy Research consultant team:

  • City of Annapolis and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Anne Arundel County and the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County
  • City of Baltimore and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Harford County and the Havre de Grace Housing Authority
  • Howard County and the Howard County Housing Commission

The participants relied on May 23, 2018 guidance and data that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made publicly available at the time, as well as other locally available data, in carrying out this analysis. The participants voluntarily cooperated regionally and also voluntarily followed the template of the Assessment of Fair Housing created by HUD to implement the July 2015 HUD rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing, even though HUD’s May 2018 guidance withdrew that template as a required element of the analysis. In August 2020, HUD repealed the 2015 rule altogether.

The new AI replaces the 2012 AI, described below, that jurisdictions and PHAs implemented over fiscal years 2013-2020. Local governments and PHAs have included action steps from the 2020 AI that pertain to their jurisdiction in their Consolidated Plans and PHA plans for using federal housing funds that began July 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, please send them to BMC’s housing policy coordinator Dan Pontious at with “Fair Housing Analysis” in the subject line.

2012 Regional AI

In 2012, the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group finalized its previous Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). The AI contained a Regional Section (Errata Sheet here) and local sections for Anne Arundel County, the City of Baltimore, Baltimore County, Harford County, and Howard CountyClick here to see the full Fiscal Year 2013-2020 Implementation Plan for the 2012 Regional AI.  See BMC's Fair Housing Planning web page for additional results of 2012 Regional AI implementation.