The Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group has created the Regional AI Stakeholder Work Group to provide thoughtful and continuous advice as the Fair Housing Group carries out its 2019 Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). The Stakeholder Work Group is meeting nine times between October 2018 and May 2019 to review key data related to fair housing and to make suggestions to shape the analysis and resulting goals and priorities.
The Work Group brings together representatives of racial, ethnic, and religious groups protected under the Fair Housing Act, organizations working for people with disabilities, State agencies, policy experts, and civic and community representatives. Participants are drawn from jurisdictions participating in the analysis: the Cities of Annapolis and Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties. Its work will help shape the Baltimore Regional AI scheduled to be completed in October 2019.
Purpose and Mission
- To help the Fair Housing Group review and interpret data provided by HUD for the 2019 Regional AI
- To suggest readily available local data that will enhance the AI
- To provide further input into analysis and significance of data and development of goals and priorities
The Work Group includes stakeholders around the region who are diverse geographically, demographically, and in terms of constituency, interest, and policy area. It seeks to represent classes protected by the Fair Housing Act, related State agencies, civic and community interests, residents of subsidized housing, local civil rights agencies, and also policy experts in areas related to fair housing, such as education, public health, and transportation.
Meetings and Materials
October 23, 2018 -- Overview and Initial Data: Segregation and Racially/Ethnically Concentrated Areas of Poverty (R/ECAPs)
November 8, 2018 -- Disparities in Access to Opportunity: Employment and Transportation
December 13, 2018 -- Disparities in Access to Opportunity: Education, Low Poverty, and Public Health
January 9, 2019 -- Disability and Access
January 30, 2019 -- Disproportionate Housing Needs and Publicly Supported Housing
March 14, 2019 – Data Analysis Follow-Up and Fair Housing Enforcement
April 10, 2019 – Initial Solutions Discussion
May 22, 2019 – Refine Solutions for Draft AI
July 2019 – Draft AI Released for Comment
September 17, 2019 – Feedback on Draft Regional AI
The region’s 2012 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) identified the loss of existing affordable rental units regionally as an impediment to fair housing. As a result, in 2016 the region's housing agencies in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties established a policy to address this impediment. The policy created the Regional Rental Home Affordability Preservation Task Force to be the key vehicle for coordinated public- and private-sector strategy and action toward a goal of zero net loss of rental home affordability at 50% of the Baltimore area median income (AMI) and below. The Task Force meets periodically to review properties potentially at risk of losing their affordability, learn about potentially useful preservation strategies, and chart a course forward.
Purpose and Mission
- To preserve current affordable rental home resources where possible and develop strategies to create new affordability when existing resources are lost.
- To promote coordination among local and state government and interested private sector parties to achieve that goal.
The Task Force includes local housing agency staff, state and federal housing officials, private sector housing and community development representatives, affordable housing developers, public and private sector disability experts, and fair housing advocates. The membership is generally described in the regional policy and includes officials who can strategize and potentially bring resources to assist in addressing the challenge.
The Opportunity Collaborative, funded by a 2012-2015 Sustainable Communities grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), established the Housing Committee in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, the committee oversaw the development of Strong Communities, Strong Region: The Baltimore Regional Housing Plan and Fair Housing Equity Assessment.
By 2013, the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group had also established the Housing Committee as the primary forum for interaction and cooperative dialogue among stakeholders regarding implementation of the Regional Fair Housing Action Plan from the 2012 Regional AI. Since 2013, the Housing Committee has reviewed annually the updated AI Implementation Plan prepared by the Fair Housing Group. The Housing Committee has also served as a key forum for discussing the allocation of State affordable housing resources, transit initiatives such as Baltimore Link, and other housing-related issues.
Purpose and Mission
- To facilitate routine interaction and cooperation among the Regional Fair Housing Group, BMC, and diverse public- and private-sector stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Regional AI.
- To provide a forum to discuss issues related to housing in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
The Housing Committee includes representatives from local housing agencies, state agencies on housing and disabilities, fair housing advocates, affordable housing and community development organizations, multifamily housing representatives, and other stakeholders. The chair and vice chair positions rotate annually among members of the Baltimore Regional Fair Housing Group.
The Cooperative Forecasting Group (CFG) is a subcommittee of the Technical Committee of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB). The CFG develops data sets of population, household, and employment controls and small area forecasts vital to BRTB transportation planning activities that include travel demand modeling and air quality conformity testing. These data sets are available to federal, state, and local government agencies, private sector businesses, and members of the public.
The CFG meets the fourth Wednesday of every other month to review local land use patterns, to discuss socio-economic trends, newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures and other indicators, and to adjust existing forecasts to reflect new developments, market conditions, and current local policy. The CFG submits forecasts to the Technical Committee for review and subsequent recommendation for endorsement by the BRTB.
Purpose and Mission
- To develop a set of population, household, and employment controls and small area forecasts
- To review Census data releases and current local demographic conditions
- To analyze demographic trends
- To identify major components of demographic change
- Representatives of each BRTB jurisdiction
- Non-voting members include the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council staff.
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