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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.

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. Click here for a two-page fact sheet with more information.

The jurisdictions and PHAs will usepublicly available data from HUD and reasonably available local data to conduct the analysis from the fall of 2018 through October of 2019. The collaboration anticipates releasing a draft AI for comment in early September 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 ten times between October 2018 and September 2019. Information on those meetings, including agendas, presentations, and notes from each, are available on the Stakeholder Work Group 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 participants in this process are the following:

  • 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 and Office of Housing
  • Harford County and the Havre de Grace Housing Authority
  • Howard County and the Howard County Housing Commission

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

The following are also opportunities for public input:

Regional Hearing

This hearing will be an opportunity for public input following the anticipated October 1 release of the draft Regional AI:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:00 pm at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore MD 21230

2012 Regional AI

In 2012, the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group finalized a new 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 County.

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.