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 use publicly 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 nine 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 email@example.com with “Fair Housing Analysis” in the subject line.
The following are also opportunities for public input:
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City of Annapolis
- The City of Annapolis will hold its hearing Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at City Hall, 180 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. Click here to check the Annapolis Community Development Block Grant Program web page for more information.
Anne Arundel County
- Anne Arundel County held their local hearing on February 28. Please email Erin Karpewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
- Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm at the Pleasant View Gardens Community Center, 201 Aisquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
- Community of Care (CoC) Homeless Roundtable, Tuesday, June 11, 9:30-11:00 am, in the multi-purpose room at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Dr., Randallstown, MD 21133.
- Tuesday, May 7, 12:00 pm at the Harford County Department of Community and Economic Development office, 15 S. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014.
The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development will host two meetings at their office, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 224, Columbia, MD, 21046:
- Thursday, May 16, 2019, 1:00-3:00 pm
- Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
This hearing will be a final opportunity for input following the summer 2019 release of the draft Regional AI:
- Tuesday, October 1, 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.