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.
Draft 2020 Baltimore Region Fair Housing Analysis Released for Public Comment
Building on more than 18 months of work with a consultant team led by Root Policy Research, including ten meetings of a Regional AI Stakeholder Work Group, the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group is releasing its draft 2020 regional fair housing analysis for public comment:
Download the Draft 2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI):
COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED: This March 2 draft release begins a 45-day public comment period (extended from the original 30 days):
- Please submit comments by email to email@example.com.
- The public comment period will end on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Public Hearing - RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 14, 7:00PM
UPDATE: To give stakeholders more time for input, in addition to the extended 45-day comment period, the Regional Fair Housing Group has rescheduled the public hearing for this draft document from March 23 to Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00PM.
Due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are planning for this hearing to be Virtual Only via GoToMeeting. To participate in the virtual public hearing, please see the instructions below. If an in-person hearing becomes possible, notice will be posted here, but you will still be able to connect electronically via GoToMeeting.
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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 publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as other locally available data, in carrying out this analysis. Even though HUD’s May 2018 guidance withdrew the template of the Assessment of Fair Housing created by HUD to implement the July 2015 HUD rule on affirmatively furthering fair housing, in general this analysis voluntarily follows that template.
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 2020 AI that pertain to their jurisdiction in their Consolidated Plans and PHA plans for using federal housing funds beginning July 1, 2020.
If you have any questions, please send them to BMC’s housing policy coordinator Dan Pontious at email@example.com with “Fair Housing Analysis” in the subject line.
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.