July 15, 1994
The county Office of Human Rights has rejected a Catonsville woman's allegations that the managers of a Columbia condominium denied her use of her home by using lawn care and other chemicals to which she is allergic.The decision, in which the county agency ruled there was not enough evidence to pursue a housing discrimination case, was the second defeat Ivy Lurie Bormel has sustained in her efforts to get a discrimination ruling based on her disability, known medically as multiple chemical sensitivity.
June 18, 2013
Same-sex couples are discriminated against when searching for housing in online rental markets across the country, according to a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development study released Tuesday. In states like Maryland where such discrimination is illegal, the discrimination is even more pronounced , the study noted. The HUD study, described by the federal agency as "the first-ever national study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples in the private rental market," involved the authors sending 7,000 emails to housing providers, allegedly from prospective heterosexual and same-sex couples, and then comparing the responses received.
April 26, 1998
The National Association of Realtors and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have devised a program to better educate Realtors about fair housing and housing discrimination.The course complements the "Many Neighborhoods -- One America" campaign that was launched this month in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Fair Housing Law of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.The course is designed to teach real estate professionals to better understand the law. When Realtors complete the course, they will receive a certificate and will be allowed to use a new "One America" mark in their ads.The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, the nation's oldest real estate board, said that for the remainder of the year the organization will be involved with many outreach programs, according to President Gilbert D. Marsiglia.
April 17, 1992
A federal judge has ordered a prominent Glen Burnie developer to pay$10,000 in damages to a program for the mentally ill that won a housing discrimination suit against him.U.S. District Judge Marvin J.Garbis also told developer Frank J. Scott to pay legal fees stemmingfrom the suit over 12 two-bedroom condominiums in Cromwell Fountain,a 900-unit complex under construction off New Ordnance Road.The judge ruled in June that Scott had violated fair housing lawsby canceling a $1.4 million sales agreement with Omni House, a rehabilitation program for mentally ill people.
May 6, 2013
In her April 23 column, “Forcing landlords to accept vouchers won't help the poor,” Marta H. Mossburg quoted me as saying that laws prohibiting landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers “exacerbate” the problem of finding housing for the poor. That's wrong. When Ms. Mossburg interviewed me for her column, I was clear: banning housing discrimination based on source of income will help increase housing options for the poor. I told her about fieldwork I've done with families in Baltimore; Mobile, Ala.; and New Haven, Stamford and Norwalk, Conn., where I repeatedly heard about landlords refusing to rent to parents who were trying to secure housing.
November 29, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- When it comes to housing discrimination, Realtors say they've gone from being part of the problem to being part of the solution.Years ago, real estate salespeople would typically follow the wishes of the neighborhoods, steering some racial groups away from buying homes in certain areas while encouraging others.Then came federal fair-housing laws, and state and local statutes designed to halt housing discrimination.Slowly, practices began to change, though no one, not even the Realtors, will tell you that everyone today strictly adheres to those laws.