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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.

2019-2020 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 early 2020. The collaboration anticipates releasing a draft AI for comment in January 2020.

The Fair Housing Group has gathered a Regional AI Stakeholder Work Group to advise the jurisdictions and PHAs through this process. The Work Group met 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 dpontious@baltometro.org with “Fair Housing Analysis” in the subject line.

We anticipate the following timeline for release of our Draft Regional AI and public comment:

  • Release of draft Regional AI in January 2020.
    • We will post notice of this release and email fair housing stakeholders two weeks ahead of time, including notice of the regional public hearing.
    • If you would like to receive an email notice of this release, please email Dan Pontious at dpontious@baltometro.org with the subject line "Regional AI Stakeholder Email List."
  • 30-Day public comment period beginning on date of Draft AI release.
  • Regional public hearing at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council office in January or February 2020.

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.