Housing Affairs Letter


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Baltimore Housing Dispute Settled

A 17-year legal battle alleging HUD and the Baltimore Housing Authority perpetuated racial segregation with the city’s public housing policy come to an end with city assurances that inner-city families will have access to rental housing in Baltimore’s suburbs

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Lead Poisoning Control Bill Stalled

Attempts by Maryland lawmakers to toughen lead paint restrictions to curb childhood lead poisoning hit a roadblock and likely will have to wait for the next session of the state legislature to convene.

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Landlords Face New Insurance Pool

Maryland landlords could be required to pay into a state-run insurance pool unless their buildings have been certified as lead-free. HB 472, crafted by Del. Maggie McIntosh (D), would create the Lead Poisoning Compensation Fund. It is wending its way through the

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(WATER POLLUTION LAWSUIT) Homebuilders Sue EPA On Bay Rules

Strict Environmental Protection Agency rules governing pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed prompts a rash of lawsuits seeking relaxation of the rules. The National Association of Home Builders is the

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(ROBO SIGNING PROBE) Law Firm Focus Of Lawmaker's Query

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD) wants to know why Fannie Mae hasn't rejected a law firm barred by sibling mortgage firm Freddie Mac. The Baltimore Democrat maintains the mortgage firm allows an embattled law

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(LEAD PAINT REMOVAL) City Loses Lead Paint Removal Aid

Citing lack of documentation in spending its latest $4 million lead paint abatement award, HUD deems Baltimore a high-risk grantee ineligible for additional aid. The department contends Baltimore failed to repair enough

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(SETTLEMENT) Annapolis HA, ACLU Settle Housing Ban

A settlement reached with the American Civil Liberties Union bars the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis from arbitrarily banning visitors to public housing tenants

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(WELLS FARGO) Baltimore Sues Wells Fargo Again

Baltimore officials try for a third time to sue Wells Fargo, accusing the lender of causing increased foreclosures through racist, predatory lending. The U.S. District Court dismissed the first two

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(DEVELOPERS) Affordable Housing Amendment Tabled

A proposed amendment to a Rockville, MD law that would make it easier to build affordable housing in the suburban Washington, DC community fails on a 3-2 city council vote

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(FORECLOSURE CONVERSIONS) Conversion Of Foreclosures To Rentals

Following a pattern in use by communities across the nation, Montgomery County, MD, purchases 16 foreclosed and vacant properties and will convert them to rental units for low- to moderate-income families.

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