Baltimore County is putting up $30 million over the next ten years to “begin unwinding racial segregation fostered by decades of housing discrimination against African Americans, families with children and people with disabilities,” in the words of one advocacy group.
The money is part of an agreement to resolve a nearly five-year-old housing discrimination complaint. According to the Baltimore Sun, the complaint accused the county of failing to open up affordable housing opportunities in affluent neighborhoods, which has kept the area segregated.
The $30 million will be spent on encouraging developers to build 1,000 new homes for low-income black families. In addition, Baltimore County will provide 2,000 low-income families with “mobility counseling,” and take “meaningful steps” to ensure the homes are “geographically dispersed.”
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