Court Oks settlement of public housing dispute


A 17-year-long dispute alleging that Baltimore and a federal agency created and continued a racially segregated system of public housing has been settled.
   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development say a federal judge in Baltimore approved the settlement in Thompson v. HUD.
   The settlement will allow the continuance of a mobility program that helps families to move from poor areas of Baltimore to mixed-income neighborhoods in the city and surrounding region. 
   HUD will also seek to provide incentives for private housing developers to include affordable units for families when FHA insured market-rate developments are built. 
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