Maryland Desegregation Plan Setback

After taking a close look at its fair housing settlement with HUD, Baltimore County, MD lawmakers inflict what amounts to the first chink in HUD’s new Fair Housing Act enforcement armor. Baltimore County Council members reject a HUD settlement demand to regard Section 8 federal housing subsidies as legitimate earnings. The department mandate is part of the pact inked earlier this year designed to begin moving poor inner city Baltimore families into largely white suburban county neighborhoods. What is certain now is HUD’s revenge. The department first encountered such resistance in its 2009 settlement with Westchester County, NY where county officials on reflection resisted the same Section 8 voucher mandate. While Westchester County lawmakers eventually relented, HUD retaliated by removing $5 million of the county’s Community [...]

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