CityLab staffer Tanvi Misra takes a deep dive into Baltimore's housing voucher program.
Housing counseling and generous coverage distinguish it from efforts in other cities.
Misra also shares a series of maps that spotlight the mismatch between affordable housing and opportunity in Baltimore and its surrounding areas
Baltimore’s Housing Mobility Program launched in 2003 as a part of the initial settlement in the landmark Thompson v. HUD fair housing case, and has benefited about 2,000 families between then and 2012. In its final settlement in 2012, the program was invested with the goal of relocating an additional 2,600 families in need in the next seven years. It mandated that beneficiaries move to a low-poverty, majority-white neighborhoods for at least two years (initially this was one year), after which they can use their vouchers for any neighborhood of their choice.
The program is different from traditional voucher programs in a several ways. First, it takes a “multivariate” approach by defining “opportunity neighborhoods” using a variety of criteria.
Second, the voucher covers up to 120% of fair market rent, which is higher than other voucher programs.
Read the CityLab article to learn more.