In surprise, Baltimore exempt from controversial Section 8 program to increase mobility

In surprise, Baltimore exempt from controversial Section 8 program to increase mobility

By Natalie Sherman
Originally Published by The Baltimore Sun
Photo: Baltimore Heritage, Flickr

 

The Baltimore region would be exempt from a federal housing voucher reform designed to help low-income families move out of high-poverty areas.

The plan is meant to allow holders of housing choice vouchers — commonly known as Section 8 vouchers — to receive higher rental reimbursements if they use them for housing in low-poverty ZIP codes, while reducing payments in high-poverty areas.

The controversial proposal comes amid concerns that earlier federal policies perpetuated economic divisions or prompted landlords to inflate rents even as research showed the powerful benefits conveyed to children who grow up in stable, safe neighborhoods.

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