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Housing program used to break up high-poverty areas in Baltimore to stop taking applicants

Housing program used to break up high-poverty areas in Baltimore to stop taking applicants

The officials who run a court-ordered program that helps families move from Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods to areas with low crime and high-performing schools are planning to stop taking new applicants.

Hundreds of people sign up each month for the rental subsidies and counseling, which are offered as a condition of a landmark federal fair-housing lawsuit in Baltimore.

But officials say it's disingenuous to continue accepting applications, because the waiting list has grown to nearly 12,000 families, and the program has only about 1,000 vouchers left to hand out.

Antonia Fasanelli, director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, said the demand shows...

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