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HUD, DOJ intervene after alleged fair-housing violations

Agency increases public housing for disabled

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Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Carolyn Peoples, on Wednesday announced the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) has agreed to a consent decree, committing to make an additional 1,850 new housing opportunities available for non-elderly people with disabilities. Under the terms of the consent decree, the housing authority must also make 755 public housing units accessible to people with mobility impairments and 283 additional units accessible to people who are vision- or hearing-impaired. The consent decree is the result of joint enforcement activities by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Department of Justice. In October 2002, after HUD's efforts to negotiate a voluntary compliance agreement with HABC were unsuccessful, HUD referred this matter to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for litigation. Pursuant to HUD's referral, DOJ worked with HABC and the Maryland Disability ...