Fair housing accord signed GBBR and HUD sign agreement against bias here

Housing

October 28, 1997|By Robert Nusgart | Robert Nusgart,SUN STAFF

Moving to enhance equal housing opportunities in Baltimore, the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and the Maryland office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development signed a new Fair Housing Partnership Agreement yesterday.

The partnership stems from a collaborative agreement between the National Association of Realtors and HUD in December that stipulates similar agreements on the local level. The GBBR is the second real estate board in the country to sign a fair housing partnership agreement with its local HUD office.

"We will meet and [then] identify areas of common concern, and when we identify them we will work in a joint and collaborative effort. We are committed to seeing that fair housing is a reality," said GBBR President Gayle Briscoe.

"As long as there is one person out there who feels that they have been discriminated against, then there is a problem," she added.

Signing the agreement for HUD was General Deputy Assistant Secretary Susan M. Forward.

Under the agreement, signed at the board's Lutherville offices, members of the GBBR and HUD are to meet at least three times a year.

Three priorities top the agenda: providing information on fair housing to the public, involving people and organizations to help achieve a "housing market free of discrimination," and giving Realtors the most recent "information, training and tools" they need to ensure fair housing practices.

The first meeting is scheduled for November.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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