HUD Statement on Proposed Settlement in the Thompson vs. HUD Fair Housing Case
August 24, 2012
Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, the City of Baltimore, and the plaintiffs who brought the Thompson versus HUD fair housing lawsuit filed a proposed settlement in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. The settlement would resolve this long-standing class-action litigation, filed in 1995, by a class of African-American residents of Baltimore family public housing.
The proposed settlement builds on the successful and nationally recognized mobility program in Baltimore launched in an earlier phase of the Thompson case. Over the past decade, this voluntary program has provided families greater neighborhood choice so they can raise their children in safe communities with access to decent jobs and good schools that will open the pathways for a successful future.
The program has helped more than 1,800 families who have voluntarily chosen to move from public housing and other areas of deep poverty in Baltimore to neighborhoods in the City and surrounding region that offer better educational and economic opportunities. The settlement will provide similar opportunities for up to 2600 additional families over seven years.
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