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A Significant Victory: State settles Maryland Housing discrimination complaint, hundreds of affordable homes promised

A Significant Victory: State settles Maryland Housing discrimination complaint, hundreds of affordable homes promised

Affordable housing for the poor has long remained elusive in the Baltimore region's most prosperous communities—and under pressure from fair housing advocates, Maryland's housing department just took a step toward changing that.

On Sept. 20, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved $225,000 to settle a six-year-old discrimination complaint against the state's Department of Housing and Community Development. Under the so-called "Voluntary Compliance Agreement and Conciliation Agreement," the state agrees to help finance development of at least 1,500 low-income housing units across Baltimore City and Harford, Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore...

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