Public Housing Lawsuit Settled After 17 Years

Black residents, HUD conclude their 17-year legal dispute

A Baltimore federal judge approved a settlement in a 17-year-old legal dispute between black public housing residents in the city and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The lawsuit claimed that thousands of black families were “perpetually” locked into areas of concentrated poverty in the city, which maintained racial discrimination.  The settlement calls for the continuation of the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program, which enables public housing tenants in blighted areas to move to other parts of the city or the suburbs.  “It was a very good day for the cause of providing opportunity to low-income families,” said Andrew D. Freeman, who represented the black public housing residents.

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