Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) February, 2003 / Vol. 9, No. 1

FAIR HOUSING NEWS

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


FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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IN THE NEWS

Census data on an individual block basis found 1/3 of blacks and over of whites live in blocks whose inhabitants are over 90% of

their own race. ("Take It Block by Block," The Economist, January 25, 2003:35).

Study Funded by National Association of Realtors Finds Federally Subsidized Housing Has Less Negative or Insignificant Impact on Neighborhoods. An analysis by George C. Galster of Wayne State University found the severity of negative impacts on property values was directly related to the concentration of subsidized housing. Galster utilized an empirical approach measuring the level and trends of home sales values before and after development, and compared it to neighborhoods with no subsidized housing. (www.rismedia.com, November 11, 2002)



Most Hispanics Think Discrimination is a Problem & One of Three Have Experienced Discrimination Within Five Years. In the telephone poll conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation, some 46% of blacks had also experienced discrimination. Views varied considerably by background, for instance, as Columbians and Dominicans were more likely to consider discrimination a problem than Puerto Ricans. Hispanics now number 35.3 million in the US, with blacks as the nation's largest minority group. (Baltimore Sun, December 18, 2002:19A)

courtyard, a common area. The presiding judge found this was discrimination based on familial status. (National Fair Housing Advocate, Nov., 2002:3)

First National Summit on Promoting Regional Equity Held in L. A. Sponsored by PolicyLink and the Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities, the focus was on strategy development in the areas of employment, affordable housing, equitable access to transportation, and investments. (www.policylink.com, November 12, 2002)

Harvard Study Finds Black & Hispanic Students Increasingly Attend Segregated Public Schools. For 2000-2001, an Hispanic's average student body was 28% white; for blacks, it was 31%. In 1987, the white percentage for each minority group was about 6% higher. The study said, "since the end of the civil rights era, there has been no significant leadership toward the goal of creating a successfully integrated society built on integrated schools and neighborhoods. Race matters strongly. Racial segregation almost always accompanies segregation by poverty and many forms of related inequality." (www.cnn.com; January 19, 2003)

The GBCHRB's State-Wide Fair Housing Education Campaign Continues. Funded by the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development & targeted at the Eastern Shore, southern & western Maryland, the campaign distributes free Fair Housing brochures, guides, posters, and other info; curriculum development; training; and advocacy. Call 800-895-6302 for free Fair Housing info, materials, & training.


DID YOU KNOW?

The Latest Issue of Fannie Mae's Housing Facts & Findings Focuses on Strategies to Lessen Homelessness. There are some interesting articles on innovative collaborations, Indianapolis' plan, and resources, in volume 4, number 2 (2002). For a subscription, contact Fannie Mae at www.fanniemaefoundation.org or telephone 202-274-8000.

 

 

The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat Is on Various Cable-TV Stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Cable Channel 2 in Baltimore City, 99 in Anne Arundel County, 71 in Baltimore County, 3 in Carroll, 3 & 7 in Harford, and several others! Telephone 410-453-9500 or the stations for the show's days and times.

INTERESTING BOOKS & MEDIA

21st Century Guide to Civil Rights at the U. S. Justice Department.

U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Progressive Management, 2003. CD-ROM. $29.95. A comprehensive, almost exhaustive, guide to DOJ's Civil Rights Division that includes various DOJ publications, documents, legal manuals, briefs, regulations, and much, much more. Some documents even are available in 18 languages!

Not Yet Published

Racial Justice in America: A Reference Handbook. David B. Mustard. ABC-CLIO, 2003. $45.00. The focus is on relationships between African Americans and whites in housing, criminal justice, education, employment, & politics.

Why Not in My Backyard: Neighborhood Impacts from Deconcentrating Assisted Housing. George C. Galster, ed. CUPR Press, April, 2003. $23.95.

Discriminating Risk: The U. S. Mortgage Industry in the Twentieth Century. Guy Stuart. Cornell University Press, June, 2003. 272pp. $39.95.

6,000 Years of Housing. Revised & Expanded Edition. Norbert Schoenauer. W. W. Norton & Company, July, 2003. 502pp. $35.00. Encyclopedic architectural examination.

The Dignity of Resistance: Women's Residents' Activism in Chicago Public Housing. Roberta M. Feldman & Susan Stall. Cambridge University Press, September, 2003.


REST IN PEACE

Edward A. Chance, Baltimore Civil Rights Activist, 70. Chance, a social worker at Spring Grove State Hospital, helped lead the 1963 demonstrations ending in the integration of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. He also picketed segregated restaurants and downtown department stores, worked in voter registration drives, and was chair of the Baltimore chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). (Balt. Sun, Feb. 5, 2003)