The results from a new survey indicate that a program in Baltimore is having success transitioning poor families from the city to middle-class suburban neighborhoods. The program came into existence thanks to a 1995 ACLU lawsuit charging that HUD and Baltimore’s housing authority were running a program that made it nearly impossible for anyone dependent on federal housing assistance to escape the most impoverished parts of the city, according to The Atlantic Cities.
Offering housing away from friends and family and all that is familiar is not enough to lead to success, the study found. Counseling along the way makes all the difference, and that’s been the key to the Baltimore program’s success.
To get a housing voucher, families had to agree to move to a middle-class suburban neighborhood. In exchange, these families received extensive counseling and support. That combination turned out to be what many needed to adjust to their new surroundings. The study tracked families who participated in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program over a decade.
Kudos to all those responsible for the successful government program, but how does it fit in with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake’s goal to increase by 10,000 over the next ten years the number of families in Baltimore? The program was instituted in 1995, nearly a decade before the mayor set her ambitious goal.
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