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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Agreement Continues Successful Baltimore Housing Mobility Program
BALTIMORE – Today, the Court approved a historic settlement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit at a hearing in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Known as Thompson v. HUD, this case sought to eradicate the legacy of nearly a century of government-sponsored racial segregation in the Baltimore Region. Several African-American families, including current and former residents of Baltimore public housing, spoke poignantly in favor of the settlement.
The key element of the settlement is an agreement to continue the successful and nationally recognized Baltimore Housing Mobility Program, which was launched nearly a decade ago in an earlier phase of the Thompson case. Through this voluntary program, families can choose to move to mixed-income neighborhoods throughout the Baltimore Region, with better access to employment and educational opportunities.