As a remedy for generations of segregated public housing, HUD must fund housing mobility program for 4,400 families

Young African-American girl in front of row homes

As a remedy for having allowed family public housing in Central Maryland to be built only in poor, segregated communities in East and West Baltimore, HUD has agreed to provide 4,400 housing vouchers plus mobility counseling, worth a total of over $1 billion over the next 15 years, to help poor families move to communities of opportunity throughout the region.  At the end of the liability phase of the case, the court found that HUD had violated the Fair Housing Act by treating Baltimore City as “an island reservation for the region’s poor.”  The case, Thompson v. HUD, was originally filed in 1995.  Chris Brown was co-lead counsel, along with the Maryland ACLU and another law firm, for the liability phase of the trial.  Andy Freeman was co-lead counsel, together with the Maryland ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and another firm, for the remedies phase of trial, settlement negotiations, and implementation.