Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) October, 2000 / Vol. 6, No. 4

FAIR HOUSING NEWS

A newsletter about fair housing, community development, and neighborhood quality of life


FALL GREETINGS!

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IN THE NEWS



Rally for the Region is October 18th!!! Citizens Planning & Housing Association Regionalism Effort Pushes Forward. CPHA has several committees working on an ongoing basis on regionalism issues. Get involved! To learn more, telephone 401-539-1369.



While Fewer Families Are Hungry, 27 million People Were Hungry or Food-Insecure in 1999. The Federal Agriculture Department study found 24% fewer hungry families but still millions of working poor without steady food. Hunger rates were highest in the West and among African-Americans (6.1%) and Hispanics (5.2%). Some 2.8% of America's households - 3 million families - had at least one member who went hungry last year. (Baltimore Sun, September 9, 2000:7A)

Minority Populations Are Booming in Baltimore's Suburban Counties, According to Census Data. The U. S. Census Bureau report found 103,000 (or 14%) left Baltimore City during the 1990s, and the City was 67% African-American in 1999. Baltimore County's minority percentage grew almost 40%, while the County's 4.6% overall growth rate was among the lowest in Maryland. (Baltimore Sun, August 31, 2000:1A)

The Americans With Disabilities Act Faces Tough Court Challenge. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on October 11, 2000, in University of Alabama v. Garrett. The case alleges that the ADA violates state's rights by requiring states to pay money damages for injuries caused when states violate the ADA. (Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, September 29, 2000)

Clint Eastwood was Accused of Violating the ADA at an Historic Hotel He Owns in Carmel, California. Eastwood agreed his Mission Ranch is not fully accessible to wheelchairs but said he was not given a "fair chance" to improve it before he was sued. The woman, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, said she sent him two letters with no response. (National Fair Housing Advocate Internet, September 29, 2000)



FAIR HOUSING RESOURCES

Report on Inner-City Neighborhood Design for HUD Housing is Released. The 14 principles for the design of HOPE VI and other urban developments include accessibility, economic opportunity, and diversity, among others. (HUD Recent Research Results, June, 2000:3)

The Maryland Department of Planning Has Released Race, Sex, and Hispanic Origin Population Estimates for All Maryland Counties for 1999. Download or print the data at www.mdp.state.md.us.

The National Fair Housing Advocate is an Excellent Source for Fair Housing News on the Internet. The site contains recent news, action alerts, legal research, event calendars, resources, and good links. Try it: www.fairhousing.com.



Maryland's "Live Near Your Work" Cited as National Model. The Smart Growth initiative was highlighted in the Fannie Mae Foundation's Housing Facts & Findings, which also had interesting articles about employer-assisted housing and other topics (obtainable via fmfpubs@fanniemaefoundation.org).

What Are Your Fair Housing Rights? The GBCHRB's website www.gbchrb.org has the laws, practical guidelines, and info about our TV and radio shows, programs, and studies.

TV Worth Watching!?! Local! Positive! Community, Improvements, Housing, Neighborhoods, Living, People, Rights! The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat is on Seven Cable-TV stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Channels 21 and 5 in Baltimore City, 99 in Anne Arundel County, 72 in Baltimore County, 3 in Carroll, 3 & 7 in Harford, and 71 / 8 in Howard County! Call 410-453-9500 or the stations for days and times!



INTERESTING READING

Housing Policy Debate: Volume 11, Issue 2. Fannie Mae Foundation. On the 50th anniversary of the Housing Act of 1949, several articles on the state, history, and prospects of federal housing policy.

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Robert D. Putnam. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. 561 pp. $26.00. Excellent documentation and analysis of the increasing disconnectedness of American life, with comprehensive data and possibly positive lessons from history.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 18th - 14th Annual REALTOR Convention, The Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 early & $45 registration. Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, 410-337-7200.

October 18th - Rally for the Region, Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 4300 Bedford Avenue, Baltimore 21208. 6:30-8:30 p.m. CPHA, 410-539-1369.

October 25th - 35th Birthday Celebration of the Community Assistance Network, Sheraton Baltimore North, Timonium. 8:00-10:00 a.m. $25. Community Assistance Network, 410-285-4674.

October 26th - 3rd Annual Maryland Conference on Housing & Maryland DHCD Awards Luncheon, Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. $55 fee. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Home Builders Association of Maryland, 410-265-7400.

October 30th - A Walk Through Baltimore's Racial History, Camden Yards & Baltimore, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Interfaith Action for Racial Justice, 410-889-8333.

November 8th - "Human Heroes in Sacred Texts" Interfaith Dialogue, Baltimore Jewish Council, 5750 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore. 12-2 p.m. RSVP: 410-542-4850.

November 15th - Maryland Nonprofits 8th Annual Conference, Martin's West, Woodlawn. $75. Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 800-273-6367.



REST IN PEACE

Joseph C. Howard, Sr., Federal Judge, 77. In 1979, Howard was the first African-American appointed judge in the U. S. District Court and the first elected to the Supreme Bench, now Circuit Court of Baltimore. Also having served as Assistant City Solicitor and Assistant State's Attorney, he charged racial discrimination in rape case prosecutions, and challenged the racial hiring practices of the Supreme Bench - bringing affirmative action to the Court. (Baltimore Sun, Sept.17, 2000:1A)

Carl T. Rowan, Crusading Journalist, 75. As a young reporter, Rowan covered the South's civil rights battles. Among his eight books was The Coming Race War in America (1996), containing predictions about the awful state of race relations. Rowan also began a very successful scholarship program to encourage blacks to go to college. His newspaper column appeared in 60 papers, and he received many major journalism awards. (Baltimore Sun, September 24, 2000:3A)


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